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The Blackwater mess

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The more things come out, the worse it looks. That’s probably why the State Department is forbidding Blackwater to testify before Congress and why the State Department won’t testify. Apparently, the State Department doesn’t believe that Congress have oversight responsibilities.

This story sums up the situation as of now. A few points from the story, quoting directly:

… In high-level meetings over the past several days, U.S. military officials have pressed State Department officials to assert more control over Blackwater, which operates under the department’s authority, said a U.S. government official with knowledge of the discussions. “The military is very sensitive to its relationship that they’ve built with the Iraqis being altered or even severely degraded by actions such as this event,” the official said.

“This is a nightmare,” said a senior U.S. military official. “We had guys who saw the aftermath, and it was very bad. This is going to hurt us badly. It may be worse than Abu Ghraib, and it comes at a time when we’re trying to have an impact for the long term.” The official was referring to the prison scandal that emerged in 2004 in which U.S. soldiers tortured and abused Iraqis.

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Written by Leisureguy

26 September 2007 at 8:23 am

Blackwater looking worse

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Federal investigations are now investigating whether Blackwater USA employees smuggled weapons into Iraq. The employees allegedly “sent over unlicensed weapons and equipment, that could have been used by a group labelled as terrorist by the US.” Iraqi officials are also probing “allegations about the security firm’s involvement in six other violent episodes this year that left at least 10 Iraqis dead.”

Written by Leisureguy

22 September 2007 at 12:00 pm

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