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Blackwater News-links 7-10 November 2007
Last Updated on Saturday, November 10, 2007 13:46

10/11/07

New Law May Spell End To Iraq Contractors
CBS News – New York,NY,USA
Plainclothes contractors working for Blackwater USA take part in a firefight in Iraq. (AP Photo/Gervasio Sanchez) A look at Blackwater USA, …
www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/09
/eveningnews/main3482676.shtml

U.S. clears Blackwater in 3 Iraqi deaths 09 Nov 2007 The U.S. government countered Iraqi claims that employees mercenaries with Blackwater USA fired “without any provocation” on Iraqi guards, killing three. Iraqi accounts of the incident describe the shootings as “an act of terrorism” and concluded Blackwater employees fired “without any provocation.”
www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/11/
08/us_clears_blackwater_in_3_iraqi_deaths/4506/

Blackwater Snipers Murder 3 Iraqi Guards In ‘Act of Terrorism’ —Witnesses Call Shooting From Justice Ministry Unprovoked, But State Dept. Cleared Its Security Team After a Brief Probe 08 Nov 2007 Last Feb. 7, a sniper employed by Blackwater USA opened fire from the roof of the Iraqi Justice Ministry. The bullet tore through the head of a 23-year-old guard for the state-funded Iraqi Media Network… Eight people who responded to the shootings — including media network and Justice Ministry guards and an Iraqi army commander — and five network officials in the compound said none of the slain guards had fired on the Justice Ministry, where a U.S. diplomat was in a meeting. An Iraqi police report described the shootings as “an act of terrorism” and said Blackwater “caused the incident.” The media network concluded that the guards were killed “without any provocation.” The U.S. government reached a different conclusion.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/
article/2007/11/07/AR2007110702751.html

Imperialist “Security” Companies
Sarah Meyer, Index Research
The Working Group, presents a report to the UN General Assembly in New York today. Relief Web says: “Though heavily armed, the “private security guards” the companies employ are neither civilians nor combatants, the Group notes…they represent a new form of mercenarism, similar to “irregular combatants”…   warning that States that employ these services may be responsible for violations of internationally recognized human rights committed by the personnel of such companies. Following is some available information about the security companies in Afghanistan: Aegis, Armorgroup, Blackwater, Dyncorp, Gardaworld, Global Strategies, Khawar, Olive, Mallat, Olympus, Paul Grimes, Saladin, SOC-SMG, SIG, USPI, Watan and Caps….
www.uruknet.de/?p=37961

How Blackwater Sniper Fire Felled 3 Iraqi Guards
Witnesses Call Shooting From Justice Ministry Unprovoked, But State Dept. Cleared Its Security Team After a Brief Probe
Steve Fainaru, Washington Post Foreign Service
– Last Feb. 7, a sniper employed by Blackwater USA, the private security company, opened fire from the roof of the Iraqi Justice Ministry. The bullet tore through the head of a 23-year-old guard for the state-funded Iraqi Media Network, who was standing on a balcony across an open traffic circle. Another guard rushed to his colleague’s side and was fatally shot in the neck. A third guard was found dead more than an hour later on the same balcony….
www.uruknet.de/?p=38017

Follow the money: From a movie, to Sunlight
By Andria
Blackwater and Halliburton get federal money too. Oversight by our society about how our tax money is spent is crucial. New technology and bloggers can help, if given the tools, and this fact makes Gordon’s focus on e-government hugely …
globalvue.wordpress.com/2007/11/09/
follow-the-money-from-a-movie-to-sunlight/

9/11/07

Blackwater Snipers Murder 3 Iraqi Guards In ‘Act of Terrorism’ —Witnesses Call Shooting From Justice Ministry Unprovoked, But State Dept. Cleared Its Security Team After a Brief Probe 08 Nov 2007 Last Feb. 7, a sniper employed by Blackwater USA opened fire from the roof of the Iraqi Justice Ministry. The bullet tore through the head of a 23-year-old guard for the state-funded Iraqi Media Network… Eight people who responded to the shootings — including media network and Justice Ministry guards and an Iraqi army commander — and five network officials in the compound said none of the slain guards had fired on the Justice Ministry, where a U.S. diplomat was in a meeting. An Iraqi police report described the shootings as “an act of terrorism” and said Blackwater “caused the incident.” The media network concluded that the guards were killed “without any provocation.” The U.S. government reached a different conclusion.
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/
article/2007/11/07/AR2007110702751.html

Iraq Plans to Confront Security Firms on Guns —190,000 pistols, automatic rifles supplied by the US to Iraq went M.I.A. under Betrayus 08 Nov 2007 The Iraqi interior minister said Wednesday that he would authorize raids by his security forces on Western security firms to ensure that they were complying with tightened licensing requirements on guns and other weaponry, setting up the possibility of violent confrontations between the Iraqis and heavily armed Western mercenaries… Iraqi government officials also said for the first time that they accepted estimates by American oversight officials that some 190,000 pistols and automatic rifles supplied by the United States to Iraqi forces in 2004 and 2005 were unaccounted for. Many of those weapons were distributed when Gen. David H. Petraeus, now the American commander in Iraq, was in charge of training and equipping Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005.
www.nytimes.com/2007/11/08/world/middleeast/08ministry.html

Iraq OKs Raids on Blackwater By Noah Shachtman 08 Nov 2007 This sounds like a recipe for something very ugly. The Times is reporting that “the Iraqi interior minister said Wednesday that he would authorize raids by his security forces on Western security firms to ensure that they were complying with tightened licensing requirements on guns and other weaponry, setting up the possibility of violent confrontations between the Iraqis and heavily armed Western guards.”
www.nytimes.com/2007/11/08/world/middleeast/08ministry.html

8/11/07

How Blackwater Sniper Fire Felled 3 Iraqi Guards:
 Witnesses Call Shooting From Justice Ministry Unprovoked, But State Dept. Cleared Its Security Team After a Brief Probe
snipurl.com/1td41

VIDEO: Behind Blackwater: An Interview With Jeremy Scahill
www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110807J.shtml
The dangers behind Blackwater’s rise to power have not been told among the hours of coverage by the mainstream media, so Truthout’s Geoff Millard sat down with Jeremy Scahill, author of a new book on the mercenary firm. In this interview, Scahill delves deep into the real dangers of a private mercenary army as powerful as Blackwater.

Iraq OKs Raids on Blackwater
Wired News – USA
By Noah Shachtman November 08, 2007 | 10:15:00 AMCategories: Mercs This
sounds like a recipe for something very ugly. The Times is reporting that
“the Iraqi …
blog.wired.com/defense/2007/11/iraqi-forces-ok.html

7/11/07

Security Companies in Afghanistan
Sarah Meyer, Index Research
The mess with security companies in Afghanistan is equal to the confusion and chaos within US-NATO forces. The Afghan warlords and the US government appear to have a few qualities in common – including secrecy. The Working Group, presents a report to the UN General Assembly in New York today. Relief Web says: “Though heavily armed, the “private security guards” the companies employ are neither civilians nor combatants, the Group notes. They represent a new form of mercenarism, similar to “irregular combatants”, itself an unclear concept, the Group adds. The Working Group warns that States that employ these services may be responsible for violations of internationally recognized human rights committed by the personnel of such companies.” Following is some available information about the security companies in Afghanistan: Aegis, Armorgroup, Blackwater, Dyncorp, Gardaworld, Global Strategies, Khawar, Olive, Mallat, Olympus, Paul Grimes, Saladin, SOC-SMG, SIG, USPI, Watan and Caps….
www.uruknet.de/?p=37961

Coalition of the Killing
Source: New York Times, November 1, 2007
Its reputation in tatters, the Blackwater private military firm has hired “a bipartisan stable of big-name Washington lawyers, lobbyists and press advisers,” report John Broder and James Risen. In addition to the Burson-Marsteller PR firm, the hired guns who have worked for Blackwater include Kenneth D. Starr (previously famous for his Whitewater prosecution of Bill Clinton); White House counsel Fred F. Fielding; PR specialist Mark Corallo; and lobbyist Paul Behrends, who previously worked at the Alexander Strategy Group, a Republican firm with close ties to the jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff. “Blackwater is pursuing a bold legal strategy,” report Broder and Risen, “going so far in a North Carolina case as to seek a gag order on the lawyers for the families of four Blackwater employees killed in an ambush in Falluja in 2004. The company argues that the dead men had signed contracts that prohibited them from talking to the press about Blackwater and that this restriction extended to their lawyers and their estates even after death.”
salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?
v=2&c=loIyGrn6dcMQY7OlgiY354ON75TsMlca

Blackwater’s Repositioning, Real and Imagined
Source: New York Times, October 22, 2007
As investigations into its shootings of Iraqi civilians continue, the private military contractor Blackwater USA is softening its public image. “The company’s roughneck logo — a bear’s paw print in a red crosshairs, under lettering that looks to have been ripped from a fifth of Jim Beam — has undergone a publicity-conscious, corporate scrubbing,” reports Paul Von Zielbauer. Blackwater says the redesign was planned before September 16, when its employees killed 17 Iraqis, but “the new logo did not appear” on the company’s website until afterwards. Gone are “the rifle-scope crosshairs,” and the paw print and logo lettering also look less menacing. One graphic designer commented, “The old logo suggests that they’re targeting people. The new logo is a more ambiguous, safe corporate logo.” The company is also changing its name to Blackwater Worldwide. But it’s not forming a “Department of Corporate Integrity,” as a spoof press release from the peace group Code Pink claimed. CBS, Politico and other news outlets were fooled by the satirical release, which also claimed that Blackwater was working to “put the mercy back in mercenary,” reports Editor & Publisher.
salsa.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?v
=2&c=B5N8wfnHB6pon2tX2klqK5gHN2xAQeiq

A Very Blackwater Thanksgiving
www.truthout.org/docs_2006/110707H.shtml
Glenn W. Smith, from Rockridge Institute, writes: “As Thanksgiving approaches, we should pay homage to the 17th Century Blackwater-like private security firms who made the very first Thanksgiving possible. That’s the message from Serviam, a magazine committed to the unstinting defense of private profiteering in every realm of human endeavor.”

NY Times Slimes Private Guards in Iraq as ‘Mercenaries’
By Clay Waters
In an editorial with the misleadingly bland title “Legal Loopholes in Iraq,” the Times editorial page took a leap into left-wing logic Monday, referring to private security contractors like Blackwater as “mercenaries.” …
newsbusters.org/blogs/clay-waters/2007/11/07/
ny-times-slimes-private-guards-iraq-mercenaries

War and Profit in a High Tech World
By Carol Gee(Carol Gee)
“Companies like Halliburton/KBR and Blackwater are only the tip of the iceberg,” Anderson says. “We now have contractors conducting intelligence background checks, processing Freedom of Information Act Requests, writing the President’s …
carol-sandy1.blogspot.com/2007/11/
war-and-profit-in-high-tech-world.html

BLACKWATER’S LICENSE TO KILL
Above the law—any law. That describes the status granted to the private security firm Blackwater USA when its mercenaries were hired to work for the U.S. occupation of Iraq.
www.socialistworker.org/2007-2/652/652_05_Blackwater.shtml

 

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