Blackwater Call For Cameras Denied




 
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October 24th, 2007  
Team Infidel
 
 

Topic: Blackwater Call For Cameras Denied


Washington Times
October 24, 2007
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2005 request dropped on State's legal issues
By Nicholas Kralev, Washington Times
The State Department cited legal concerns in turning down a 2005 request from Blackwater USA to install cameras in official U.S. motorcades protected by employees of the security contractor in Iraq, The Washington Times has learned.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ordered cameras to be placed in Blackwater vehicles earlier this month, following a Sept. 16 shooting incident in Baghdad, in which the firm's agents are accused of killing as many as 17 Iraqi civilians.
But Blackwater officials said the company first asked the State Department's law-enforcement arm, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), to take that step on May 17, 2005, "in response to a false accusation against one of our teams in Baghdad."
A State Department spokesman said on successive days that he was not aware that such a request was ever made, and DS officials asked for more time to research the case.
But internal Blackwater documents from that time report that David Brackins, a DS agent and deputy regional security officer at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, had agreed that cameras would be useful and had endorsed the request.
Blackwater employees began looking into camera prices and found "a package deal for a vehicle video system called Dash Hound 1," one of those involved wrote in a message to his colleagues. Another employee suggested "video front and back of the lead and follow vehicle, based on the amount of attacks that are conducted from the rear."
The company considered the possibility that the cameras could be used to provide evidence against its guards in Iraq but determined that, on balance, they would work to the company's advantage. It also planned to use the footage for training purposes.
However, a DS official in Washington, Paul Nassen, called the company on May 18 and asked that it "stand down," because the legal department "had some issues" with the proposal and was "not ready to incorporate it into the contract," according to an e-mail message from Blackwater to its employees that same day.
Blackwater officials cited that exchange in a memorandum sent to the State Department earlier this month.
Asked why the department rejected Blackwater's request, spokesman Tom Casey said on Thursday: "I have no reason to believe that actually occurred. ... I've never heard that that idea was ever proposed."
Later that day, a Blackwater official said the company had received an indication from DS that Mr. Casey's remark would be "corrected." Mr. Casey was given an opportunity to do that on Friday, but said he had nothing to add to what he said the day before.
Mr. Nassen no longer works at DS, and Mr. Brackins, who is now in Washington, refused to speak with a reporter unless he was granted clearance by the bureau's public affairs office.
DS officials said they were too busy trying to respond to various requests involving Blackwater from Congress and did not have time to research what happened in 2005 before The Times' publication deadline.
"DS requests the opportunity to provide you with a fully researched and accurate answer, rather than providing bits and pieces of scattered information that may be misleading," a spokesman for the bureau, Brian Leventhal, wrote in an e-mail message yesterday.
On Oct. 5, Miss Rice ordered cameras and other recording devices installed in convoy vehicles to "begin archiving electronic tracking of movement data." She also said that DS agents "will begin accompanying Blackwater protective details."
The FBI is still investigating the Sept. 16 shooting incident, after which Miss Rice appointed an expert panel to review the State Department's security contracts in Iraq.
The State Department has been under sharp criticism from Democrats in Congress for its oversight and accountability practices involving security contractors in Iraq, who until now have been subject to neither Iraqi nor U.S. law.
Miss Rice's panel, chaired by Patrick F. Kennedy, a career diplomat who has been nominated to be undersecretary of state for management, recommended yesterday that security contractors be held accountable under U.S. law.
Doug Brooks, president of the International Peace Operations Association, said he was surprised the State Department did not authorize the installation of cameras in contractor vehicles in Iraq some time ago.
"That would have ensured better transparency and accountability," he said.
October 24th, 2007  
Tsunami
 
 
This article shows two things -
Blackwater's willingness for transparence & the true drive behind this attack on this company is being lead by the Democrats.
Hmmm... something smells like politics...
October 24th, 2007  
mmarsh
 
 
1. 17 dead in a unprovoked shooting and then be caught lying about.
2. Charges of weapons smuggling
3. An Audio tape proving hot-dogging and generally recklessness the resulting the death of 3 US servicemen.
4. Allegations of abuse of power stemming from Hurricane Katrina.
5. The illegal shooting of a Iraqi bodyguard.
6. The threat of deadly force and illegal detention of US Servicemen in Iraq.

...and you blaming the Democrats??? The Democrats have only been in power for 7 months, most of these incidents happened way before then.

The question isnt the Democrats, the question was what was the White House Doing as the incidents were going on?
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October 24th, 2007  
Tsunami
 
 
Only in power 7 months - is that the new talking point?
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Concerning the rest of the accusations - put up or shut up.
Stories off PSMBC don't count.
October 24th, 2007  
mmarsh
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tsunami
Only in power 7 months - is that the new talking point?
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Concerning the rest of the accusations - put up or shut up.
Stories off PSMBC don't count.
Sorry, I don't watch FOX NEWS anymore.

Its called selective amnesia. The GOP has forgot that all the s*** that happened over the past 7 years was in fact when they were in charge. Now that they are not in charge, instead of doing the smart thing and reflect on all the mistakes they made over the past 7 years they have decided to blame their mess on someone else. That didn't work in 2006 it won't work in 2008.

As for the rest...

#1. is under military investigation
#2. has two suspects under arrest in the US awaiting trial
#3. Is proven, they played the Audio from the flight recorder during a congressional oversight committee last week.
#4. Has been backed up by many colloborating witnesses including the NOPD.
#5. Is under investigation by US military
#6. Also under investigation but has been confirmed by witnesses with the US Army and a 2nd PMC that was in the area. A US Army Colonel wrote this:

From Newsweek's Oct 15 issue

Oct. 15, 2007 issue - The colonel was furious. "Can you believe it? They actually drew their weapons on U.S. soldiers." He was describing a 2006 car accident, in which an SUV full of Blackwater operatives had crashed into a U.S. Army Humvee on a street in Baghdad's Green Zone. The colonel, who was involved in a follow-up investigation and spoke on the condition he not be named, said the Blackwater guards disarmed the U.S. Army soldiers and made them lie on the ground at gunpoint until they could disentangle the SUV.

We are soooo past the allegation phase.
October 24th, 2007  
Gator
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by mmarsh
Sorry, I don't watch FOX NEWS anymore.
You used to watch Fox "News"?

Far as I can tell, Fox "News" = Republican TV, and has for as long as I can remember.
October 24th, 2007  
mmarsh
 
 
I had too, Rush Limbaugh too. It wasn't by choice. I went to collage in Indiana, a real bastion of The 'liberal' media.
October 25th, 2007  
Tsunami
 
 
From Fox News to News Week, hmm... If you want to call that progression, sure! While were at it, I have some ocean front property to sell you in Idaho...
October 25th, 2007  
bulldogg
 
 
What the is collage? You were an art exhibit?
October 25th, 2007  
mmarsh
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tsunami
From Fox News to News Week, hmm... If you want to call that progression, sure! While were at it, I have some ocean front property to sell you in Idaho...

You might want to keep it, the way global warming is going it might be able to get an oceanside view.
 


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