Sunday, November 16, 2008

Blackwater in hot water?

ABC News is reporting that "controversial" private security firm Blackwater is under investigation by a federal grand jury in North Carolina for allegations the company illegally shipped assault weapons and silencers to Iraq, hidden in large sacks of dog food.

Under State Department rules, Blackwater is prohibited from using certain assault weapons and silencers in Iraq because they are considered "offensive" weapons inappropriate for Blackwater's role as a private security firm protecting US diplomatic missions.

Then there's this gem quote:

"The only reason you need a silencer is if you want to assassinate someone," said former CIA intelligence officer John Kiriakou, an ABC News consultant.

I can think of one reason for a silencer. Anybody suspect bad blood between Blackwater and CIA? Competition?

Blackwater's explanation for the dog food:

A Blackwater spokesperson, Anne Tyrrell, said certain arms shipments were sent to Iraq surrounded by dog food "to secure them on the airplane and not to smuggle them." Tyrrell said she could not comment on specifics because of "the ongoing investigation" but she denied the company had done anything wrong.

Entire article is "here".

1 comment:

RangersGirl said...

Regarding former CIA intell officer, Kiriakou - - didn't he go on record to say he waterboarded a key Al Qaida opperative, after the CIA denied waterboarding anyone? So, I don't think he's anyone who would feel threatened by Blackwater. Competition between Blackwater and CIA -- I don't think its the CIAs job to provide security. State has diplomatic security corps, so that would be where the competition would be, I'd think. Just my thought.