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Pursuing Blackwater, KBR, Halliburton, Aegis, and Erinys

Posted by bosskitty on May 27, 2007

Update: Sunday, May 27, 2007

Lawsuit in outsourced (Blackwater) U.S. war moves out of court

By Bernd Debusmann, Reuters Special Correspondent

 Contracted mercenaries must sign away all their rights when they’re handed the license to kill … sounds like ‘Mission Impossible’ doesn’t it?  Their plight moves away from public scrutiny to back room negotiations.  Who are we REALLY protecting here?  They are Cheney’s thugs!

U.S. Security Contractors Open Fire in Baghdad – Blackwater Employees Were Involved in Two Shooting Incidents in Past Week

Conduct of security firm questioned

Thank you to: Steve Fainaru and Saad al-Izzi , Washington Post Foreign Service,

Employees of Blackwater USA, a private security firm under contract to the State Department, opened fire on the streets of Baghdad twice in two days last week, and one of the incidents provoked a standoff between the security contractors and Iraqi forces

Waxman still pursues private mercenary misbehavior and inflated payments.

Waxman demands answers about why Blackwater USA was paid so much for security work in Iraq — and why, in fact, the North Carolina company was paid at all.

Taxpayers paid exorbitant prices for Blackwater’s services, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman wrote in a letter to outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. Waxman said it wasn’t clear precisely how much taxpayers overpaid because the Army hasn’t provided answers to questions first raised two years ago.

Blackwater’s services were not just pricey, but prohibited, because the Army never authorized Blackwater or any other Halliburton subcontractors to guard convoys or carry weapons. Houston-based Halliburton has been paid at least $16 billion to provide food, lodging and other support for troops in Iraq, and $2.4 billion to work on Iraqi oil infrastructure.

At the lowest level, Blackwater security guards were paid $600 a day. Blackwater added a 36 percent markup, plus overhead costs, and sent the bill to a Kuwaiti company that ordinarily runs hotels, according to the contract.

What you need to know about Blackwater.

The News Observer

Myrtle Beach Online

Asbury Park Press

Iraq Slogger

United Press International

Charlotte Observer

Technorati

I continue to be amazed at the surprised responses I get when discussing Blackwater and other mercenary armies on the payroll of the American taxpayer. Not only do we pay their enormous salaries, but we pay an awful price for their mistakes. We gave a ‘blank check’ to the GOP administration and never paid attention to what they bought with it. Our regular military puts their lives on the line every day for less money and fewer resurces and held to the US Military Code of Justice. Educate yourself on the extent of US outsourcing of the Iraq, Afghanistan and soon to be Iran wars. Both Al Qaeda and the US are doing PROXY wars just like we did in Viet Nam!

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