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Blackwater News-links 7-10 December 2007
Last Updated on Monday, December 10, 2007 16:00


Jeremy Scahill | Blackwater's Power Play
Jeremy Scahill reports for The Nation: "With a new scandal breaking practically every day, one would think Blackwater security would be on the ropes, facing a corporate meltdown or even a total wipeout. But it seems that business for the company has never been better, as it continues to pull in major federal contracts. And its public demeanor grows bolder and cockier by the day."


Blackwater probe narrows focus to guards 08 Dec 2007 Federal prosecutors investigating the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians have narrowed their focus on as few as three Blackwater Worldwide bodyguards and have given others immunity for cooperating in the case, The Associated Press has learned. Blackwater is paying one law firm to represent as many as 10 guards, raising concerns that their stories could be coordinated.

State Dept. Inspector General Resigns —Krongard was accused of impeding Blackwater investigation 07 Dec 2007 The State Department’s embattled inspector general, Howard J. Krongard, announced today that he is resigning effective Jan. 15, ending a tumultuous tenure in which he was accused of impeding investigations of the Blackwater security firm and construction problems at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.


Spin sets up Blackwater at border, while military smuggles drugs
6 Dec 2007
by Brenda Norrell
Television news is ready to pump you up, and deliver the agenda.
Meanwhile, after writing about all the National Guardsmen rushing to smuggle cocaine from the Arizona border, there was a lingering question: “Why weren’t any Border Patrol agents arrested?” Sure, Border Patrol agents have been charged with murder and rape at the border, but why weren’t any Border Patrol agents caught smuggling drugs during the sting, Operation Lively Green?
Blackwater Goes to Mexico

US official in Blackwater probe quits:
U.S. State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard, under scrutiny for his brother’s link to the Blackwater security firm, has decided to resign, U.S. officials said on Friday.

Embattled State Department Inspector General Resigns
Warren P. Strobel reports for McClatchy Newspapers: “Embattled State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard, under fire for allegedly impeding probes into problems with construction of the US Embassy in Baghdad and with security firm Blackwater Worldwide, submitted his resignation Friday.”


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