Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Waxman digs Blackwater out of the shadows

To answer some questions about what they were doing in Iraq with the taxpayer's money...
As Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) gears up for the second day of his House Hearings on Waste, Fraud and Abuse of Taxpayer Dollars, the focus will shift to North Carolina-based Blackwater International.

The secretive security firm made headlines in Iraq when, in March 2004, four Blackwater employees were ambushed and gruesomely killed. Six more were killed in April 2005 when their Mi-8 helicopter was shot down.

Blackwater's ill-fated presence in Iraq has been especially curious because, for many of their missions, no one could find the U.S. contract that actually authorized them to working there.

Until now. Yesterday, the Army finally disclosed who had sub-contracted Blackwater's operations -- and it's none other than our good friends Halliburton (via AP)

Pair this article up with this post, and it really gets interesting.

Update: More updates.

More Updatiness: 2/8: Blackwater email shows lack of equipment. Article shows how indifferent the Republicans were to the widows of the killed contractors and how they defended the Blackwater company.

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