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September 26th, 2007

Blackwater News


From Alternet:
US Military Official: Blackwater “May Be Worse Than Abu Ghraib”
“To describe the ongoing Blackwater scandal as a fiasco would be a dramatic understatement. Not only do we have a situation in which private security contractors stand accused of killing Iraqi civilians without provocation, we also have deep divisions brewing between the Pentagon and the State Department, coupled by State stonewalling a congressional investigation.”

From the Washington Post:
U.S. Repeatedly Rebuffed Iraq on Blackwater Complaints
“Senior Iraqi officials repeatedly complained to U.S. officials about Blackwater USA’s alleged involvement in the deaths of numerous Iraqis, but the Americans took little action to regulate the private security firm until 11 Iraqis were shot dead last Sunday, according to U.S. and Iraqi officials.

Before that episode, U.S. officials were made aware in high-level meetings and formal memorandums of Blackwater’s alleged transgressions. They included six violent incidents this year allegedly involving the North Carolina firm that left a total of 10 Iraqis dead, the officials said.”

I’ve read about Blackwater before the latest scandal hit. They’re always creeped me out. Hell, even their name is creepy. Makes me think of horrible pollution and death.

Posted by Vixen as News at 9:32 PM CDT

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