Wednesday, December 17, 2008

State Department Report Recommends Dropping Blackwater

Blackwater, the controversial private security firm that has made headlines for its "cowboy" role in Iraq, may be dropped as a contractor by the U.S. State Department.

The move comes as a result of a new State Department report requested by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

According to a BBC,
Rice ordered the review after Blackwater guards killed 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in September 2007.

Five guards have been charged with manslaughter over the shootings.

The incident triggered outrage in Iraq and led to a debate about the role there of private security companies - upon which the US relies heavily.

The Blackwater news is in stark contrast to a report posted earlier this week on Tulsa Today, a posting by writer Pat McGuigan that seeks to defend the firm in spite of its checkered record in Iraq.

Read more about the State Department report here.


Anonymous said...

Might want to go back and read the CORRECTED AP story by Matt Lee, where he backpedals impressively off the made-up claims in the original. The IG report in question actually didn't say anything about dropping anyone. But don't let the truth get in the way.

Alternative Tulsa said...

We're happy to follow the facts. Here's the AP report we found late today. It appears to show Blackwater in hot water, on the verge of losing its license to operate in Iraq and effectively being dropped.

IG report says Blackwater may lose license in Iraq

Associated Press Writer

IG report says Blackwater may lose license in Iraq

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An internal State Department report says Blackwater Worldwide may lose its license to work in Iraq and recommends that the agency prepare alternative means to protect its diplomats there.

The 42-page draft report by the State Department's Inspector General says the department faces "numerous challenges" in dealing with the security situation in Iraq, including the prospect that Blackwater may be barred from the country. The department would have turn to other security arrangements to replace Blackwater, officials said.

The State Department had no immediate comment on the report itself, but deputy spokesman Robert Wood said that after the probe is done, officials would look at "whether the continued use of Blackwater in Iraq is consistent with the U.S. government's goals and objectives."

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