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This is hard to believe, except that we’ve seen so many examples in the Bush Administration. Why is the State Department so determined to give immunity to Blackwater for anything Blackwater might do (for example, gunning down civilians who were doing nothing)? Again from the Center for American Progresss:

Yesterday, David Satterfield, the top State Department official in Iraq, conceded to reporters that the impasse over the long-term U.S.-Iraqi security deal is due in large part to issues regarding the presence of foreign “security contractors.” Iraqi lawmakers have expressed outrage that the U.S.-sponsored deal would continue to extend immunity from prosecution to private military contractors such as Blackwater, the private military firm implicated in the deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians last September. According to the AP, U.S. officials are considering alternative solutions for ensuring Iraqi sovereignty over airspace and U.S. troop movements, but are steadfast in their demand for blanket immunity for security contractors working under the Defense and State Departments. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) yesterday sent a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice requesting information about the controversial decision to renew Blackwater’s contract in Iraq and inquiring about the “driving forces that resulted in the U.S. government needing to rely so heavily upon private security contractors.” Security contractors are getting increased scrutiny for their U.S. operations as well. San Diego City Attorney Mike Aguirre is pushing for local oversight over a planned Blackwater military training facility by forcing state courts to handle the city’s attempt to review the security firm’s application.

Written by Leisureguy

11 June 2008 at 9:53 am

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