It’s been a quiet week in Lake Woebegone, as the man says….
It hasn’t been nearly so placid in Moyock, NC, home of Blackwater, USA,
unregulated killers for hire primary security services contractor for the US State Department. In the tumultuous month since they opened fire without provocation on civilians in Baghdad, killing 17, the company has seen itself investigated by the House, sued by its victims, and now, to add insult to poor Blackwater’s injury (they’re used to causing injury, not receiving it, after all), the State Department is considering phasing out Blackwater’s security services in Iraq.
What this means is that Blackwater could lose millions and millions and millions of dollars in contracts – contracts that were awarded either in no-bid circumstances or in such secrecy that one has to suspect Bushevik back room dealings. Blackwater has run wild in Iraq, it has acted with reckless impunity in case after case – even toward its own employees – and it has made itself incredibly wealthy at taxpayer expense.
This could be bad for Blackwater and the company seems to be expecting the worst:
Officials in the tight-knit world of security operatives in Baghdad said Blackwater was preparing a reorganization and possible downsizing. – AP
However, even as Condi Rice’s review panel pursues its investigation, there is already speculation that Blackwater will get off the hook with a wrist slap or two – or with having its
thugs security personnel sanctioned by our “government”:
…Rice is eager for changes and has already accepted and implemented initial steps Kennedy urged in a preliminary report last week. They included improving government oversight of Blackwater by having federal agents accompany convoys and installing video cameras in their vehicles…. another alternative might be joint State-Defense department patrols. Yet another would be hiring Blackwater and other private guards as temporary U.S. government employees, the officials said. – AP (italics mine)
Given what we know about the behavior of some of our government employees and officials working in this amorphous mess we call the “war on terror,” unfortunately, the Blackwater guards might feel right at home….
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