When the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on what it calls “War Profiteering and Other Contractor Crimes Committed Overseas” Tuesday, David Hammond, the lead partner handling Iraq liability issues at Crowell & Moring, was there.

As a lawyer for some of the top private security companies operating alongside U.S. troops in Iraq — Blackwater USA, Triple Canopy Inc., DynCorp International Inc. and Erinys Llc — a big part of his job is monitoring the growing outrage over those companies’ alleged abuses.

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