We realized quickly how vital Private Security was to the war in Iraq as Political and construction convoys came to an immediate halt without them and they necessarily were reinstated or our troops and Iraq would fail. I am really concerned as to their role knowing Bush now has his excuse to attack Iran and it will happen soon as he and Cheney have been chomping at the bit to further Bush's Forever War.
Blackwater's involvement in all this gets more convoluted and disconcerting by the day. As with everything today everyone is lying so their story will be thought of as the truth to serve a selfish agenda. You tell me what your thoughts are! Myself I have a hard time thinking of Iraqi policemen as being unbiased but An Iraqi police officer who was directing traffic at Baghdad's Nusoor Square on September 16 said Blackwater guards "became the terrorists" that Sunday afternoon when they opened fire on civilians, an incident the Iraqi government said was unprovoked. A 37-year-old Baghdad businessman and a father of four, whose youngest son was killed by a Blackwater bullet, said he wanted no monetary compensation but only for the guards to "admit to the truth."
The police officer and businessman on Monday gave CNN vivid descriptions of the incident in which a senior Iraqi investigator said 17 people were killed and 24 wounded. The convoy of four Blackwater vehicles drove into the square about half an hour after a bombing prompted another Blackwater team that was guarding a U.S. diplomat to rush from the area and back to the Green Zone, the enclave in Baghdad where U.S. and Iraqi government agencies have headquarters.
The police officer, whom CNN is identifying only as Sarhan, said the Blackwater guards "seemed nervous" as they entered the square, throwing water bottles at the Iraqi police posted there and driving in the wrong direction. He said traffic police halted civilian traffic to clear the way for the Blackwater team.
Blackwater incident and cell phone video Read the link this sounds horrible!
I can understand and would expect nervousness but I would have to hope this is not standard abusive behavior but? Read the above link it certainly sounds excessive and cowboyish to me. anyway Blackwater's contractors fired their weapons 195 times -- or an average of 1.4 times a week -- from the beginning of 2005 through the second week of September, the Democratic staff of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee found. In over 80 percent of the cases, Blackwater reports that its forces fired first, according to the staff report.
The committee is hearing from Blackwater's CEO Erik Prince right now. Records of the company and State Department show Blackwater's use of force in Iraq has been "frequent and extensive," the report says. what is excessive in Iraq? Though Blackwater is authorized to use force only defensively, "the vast majority of Blackwater weapons discharges are pre-emptive, with Blackwater forces firing first at a vehicle or suspicious individual prior to receiving any fire," the report states. I would really expect that so what the hey? Blackwater's version
Blackwater testimony and Utube video
You know, Blackwater makes everything sound hunky dory and eyewitnesses describe it as hell. Knowing this kind of activity has come out many times in both Iraq and Afghanistan you have to be very skeptical about using private security especially knowing we can't believe them or trust them and you have the scepter of the future hanging over us, those FEMA concentration camps, and the real concern that these private security firms will ultimately be used on us.