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September 17, 2007

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macnet

BW wont be out of Iraq because the Secretary of Defense will make pressure on the Iraqi Government. If they're out of Iraq US Government troops will have to replace them and therefore increase the death toll...It's disgusting whats going on in the US. The US admnistration has its hands tied to the big private companies. They needed their money to support their political campaigns and now they need to retrieve the "favours" with the taxpayers money. It's a shame. I always admired the US and thought it was as country, the meaning of freedom and opportunity. Now, I want more than ever, that other democratic country carry the flag of freedom and democracy. Best regards from Portugal

hope4usa

Dr. Hillhouse,

Perhaps I read it on your website, how many security, merc, contractors are there in Iraq. For some reason I thought I had read the actual number is about 100k-150k subcontractors. Is that wrong?

Jeff Carr

Larry Johnson at No Quarter agrees with you http://noquarterusa.net/blog/2007/09/17/the-iraq-blackwater-test/

He further makes the interesting point that "Blackwater has a bigger air force and more armored vehicles then the Iraqi Army and police put together."

zz ziled

Chill it out there Big Mama,

We at Blackwater run with the BIG DOGS and so we really don’t need to follow no stinkin’ [International Traffic in Arms Regulations] (ITAR) or [Directorate of Defense Trade Controls] (DDTC) regs like those other government contractors.

We got “Homies” in high places at the Department of State and in the Administration!

http://www.pmddtc.state.gov/sl_dtrade.htm

As always LOL and In Focus,
[Locked and Loaded]
Erik Prince’s well-trained contract employees
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“Two sources familiar with the investigation said prosecutors are looking at whether Blackwater lacked permits for dozens of automatic weapons used at its training grounds in Moyock. The investigation is also looking into whether Blackwater was shipping weapons, night-vision scopes, armor, gun kits and other military goods to Iraq without the required permits.”

More @: “Feds investigating Blackwater’s weapons shipments to Iraq” ; The Virginian-Pilot; ]http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=13306 3&ran=34033]
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Senate Dems hear whistleblower claims of abuse
By Robert Brodsky
Gov Exec [Full article @:
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=38109& dcn=todaysnews
September 21, 2007

“The 30-year veteran of the Navy claimed that while imprisoned by the U.S. military in a security compound outside Baghdad in retaliation for blowing the whistle on the contractor he worked for at the time, he was denied basic necessities like food, water and medication, placed in isolation without access to an attorney, and kept awake by heavy metal music drummed into his holding cell....

But last year, Judge T.S. Ellis III of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia overturned the award, arguing that the defendants had not proven that the Coalition Provisional Authority—the transitional government that the Bush administration established in Iraq at the start of the war—was part of the U.S. government. That ruling is now being appealed.

Since Isakson’s trial, not a single whistleblower suit has gone to trial, and the Bush administration has failed to join any of the at least a dozen qui tam suits filed by whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act.”
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“Tehran Times”:
Sunday, September 23, 2007
More @ http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=153482

Blackwater admits employees illegally sold weapons

“WASHINGTON (Agencies)—Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that employees of Blackwater—the security firm accused of killing up to 20 Iraqi civilians—illegally smuggled weapons into Iraq, according to U.S. government sources.

A U.S. government official said the U.S. attorney’s office in Raleigh, North Carolina, is investigating individual Blackwater employees—not the company—for illegal weapons deals.

A company source acknowledged to CNN that two Blackwater employees were fired for buying guns with Blackwater money and selling them without the consent or knowledge of the company. It was not clear where the arms were bought and sold.

The first public hint that an investigation was under way came earlier this week in a statement from State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard when he was accused of blocking fraud investigations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The flow of illegal weapons in Iraq has been a major concern in recent months.

The State Department and Pentagon launched their own investigation following complaints from the Turkish government in July that they had seized American-made weapons from the PKK, a Kurdish group considered a terrorist organization by the U.S.

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More @: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7008058.stm

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#102214 by Ernest Canning on 9/23 at 1:3

zz ziled

Chill it out there Big Mama,

We at Blackwater run with the BIG DOGS and so we really don’t need to follow no stinkin’ [International Traffic in Arms Regulations] (ITAR) or [Directorate of Defense Trade Controls] (DDTC) regs like those other government contractors.

We got “Homies” in high places at the Department of State and in the Administration!

http://www.pmddtc.state.gov/sl_dtrade.htm

As always LOL and In Focus,
[Locked and Loaded]
Erik Prince’s well-trained contract employees
---------------------------
“Two sources familiar with the investigation said prosecutors are looking at whether Blackwater lacked permits for dozens of automatic weapons used at its training grounds in Moyock. The investigation is also looking into whether Blackwater was shipping weapons, night-vision scopes, armor, gun kits and other military goods to Iraq without the required permits.”

More @: “Feds investigating Blackwater’s weapons shipments to Iraq” ; The Virginian-Pilot; ]http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=13306 3&ran=34033]
------------------------------------------
Senate Dems hear whistleblower claims of abuse
By Robert Brodsky
Gov Exec [Full article @:
http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=38109& dcn=todaysnews
September 21, 2007

“The 30-year veteran of the Navy claimed that while imprisoned by the U.S. military in a security compound outside Baghdad in retaliation for blowing the whistle on the contractor he worked for at the time, he was denied basic necessities like food, water and medication, placed in isolation without access to an attorney, and kept awake by heavy metal music drummed into his holding cell....

But last year, Judge T.S. Ellis III of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia overturned the award, arguing that the defendants had not proven that the Coalition Provisional Authority—the transitional government that the Bush administration established in Iraq at the start of the war—was part of the U.S. government. That ruling is now being appealed.

Since Isakson’s trial, not a single whistleblower suit has gone to trial, and the Bush administration has failed to join any of the at least a dozen qui tam suits filed by whistleblowers under the federal False Claims Act.”
----------------------
“Tehran Times”:
Sunday, September 23, 2007
More @ http://www.tehrantimes.com/index_View.asp?code=153482

Blackwater admits employees illegally sold weapons

“WASHINGTON (Agencies)—Federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that employees of Blackwater—the security firm accused of killing up to 20 Iraqi civilians—illegally smuggled weapons into Iraq, according to U.S. government sources.

A U.S. government official said the U.S. attorney’s office in Raleigh, North Carolina, is investigating individual Blackwater employees—not the company—for illegal weapons deals.

A company source acknowledged to CNN that two Blackwater employees were fired for buying guns with Blackwater money and selling them without the consent or knowledge of the company. It was not clear where the arms were bought and sold.

The first public hint that an investigation was under way came earlier this week in a statement from State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard when he was accused of blocking fraud investigations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The flow of illegal weapons in Iraq has been a major concern in recent months.

The State Department and Pentagon launched their own investigation following complaints from the Turkish government in July that they had seized American-made weapons from the PKK, a Kurdish group considered a terrorist organization by the U.S.

-----------------------
More @: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/7008058.stm

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#102214 by Ernest Canning on 9/23 at 1:3

zz ziled

Hillhouse Baby,

Protecting America and fightin’ terrorism takes ruthlessness.

Insiders around the Beltway get that fact and that is why I am a seen as a serious player in this GWOT game and advise current and future presidents, while making over six figures.

At the Agency under Bill Casey, we all had the guts to carry out missions and we ALL slammed our cocktails straight with a chaser ---- ice was only for heads.

When REAL MEN ran the agencies, ass got kicked and things just got taken care of.

We didn’t have a bunch of broads like Valerie Plame there either.

You can thank the liberal pukes for really balling stuff by their your bitching and whining to the Church Commission.

So now, under our MBA President Bush and VP Birdshot, the Agency’s and DOD’s best Special Operator talent has gone private; that way things can get done again.

As Always LOL,
Locked and Loaded
J. Cofer Black
http://www.blackwaterusa.com/press/cofer.asp
------
“The United States and its allies have moved closer to capturing Osama bin Laden in the last two months, a top U.S. counterterrorism official said in a television interview broadcast Saturday.

If he has a watch, he should be looking at it because the clock is ticking. He will be caught,” Joseph Cofer Black, the U.S. State Department coordinator for counterterrorism, told private Geo television network.” September 2004 [www.talkleft.com/story/2004/09/04/668/60459]
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November 06, 2004
Cofer Black Resigns
http://www.command-post.org/2004/2_archives/017363.html
President Bush’s point man for international counterterrorism policy has quit, the first resignation by a senior official to be made public since Bush’s reelection, a U.S. official said on Friday.
Cofer Black, the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism for the last two years, told his bosses of his decision well before the election, which Bush won campaigning as a strong leader in the war on terror.
“He informed the State Department a few weeks ago that the transition period after the election would be the right time for him to explore new professional opportunities,” State Department spokesman Adam Ereli told Reuters.
He plans to leave the government in a few weeks, added Ereli, who did not know what Black would move on to.
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Background On The Romney For President Counter-Terrorism Policy Advisory Group:
Cofer Black (Chair): Black is Chairman of Total Intelligence Solutions. Beginning in February 2005, he became Vice Chairman of Blackwater USA and CEO of The Black Group.
“These groups are tasked with advising Governor Romney on issues vital to protecting the United States.”
More @: http://www.mittromney.com/News/Press-Releases/CT_Advis ory_Groups
---
“Black - who has been vice chairman at Blackwater for two years - was director of the CIA Counterterrorism Center during 9/11 and led the agency’s hunt for Osama bin Laden.

Cofer Black, just to remind people, was the man who stood before Congress and said there’s a before-9/11 and an after-9/11, and after 9/11 the gloves come off. He was a key figure in the extraordinary rendition program, the government-sanctioned kidnap-and-torture program, where prisoners like Maher Arar are sent to third-country hellholes to be tortured. He’s now a major figure at Blackwater USA.

He’s been the vice chairman of the company. He’s now one of the key people behind a new privatized intelligence company called Total Intelligence Solutions that’s being bankrolled by Erik Prince, the head of Blackwater.”

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/05/23/1541229
--
17 September O7
“Mitt Romney has chosen Cofer Black to head his counterterrorism policy advisory group. Black, as the CIA’s chief of counterterrorism back in 2001, is famous for ordering an agent to find Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and send back the al-Qaida leader’s head packed in dry ice.”
http://www.kansascity.com/news/politics/story/279507.html

zz ziled

Dearest Dr. Hillhouse,

Your link to WAPO doesn't work--good girl!

I must tell you, though I am just about ready to make you and your little friends stay after hours in detention anyway for all the trouble you are stirring up about this Blackwater flap.

And believe me you, may be a writer, but you will not like keyboarding thousand word essays under former State Department official J. Cofer Black’s detention conditions.

You all fail to grasp that private security contractors like Blackwater are in Iraq and are operating under dangerous conditions and they are protecting and guarding State Department lives in Iraq.

These really big and buff men, with their big and macho weapons are doing an unpleasant, but necessary job for the Department of State on US and Iraqi Approved Contracts---we at the DoS just don’t have the personnel to surge and cover all our operations in theater.

Just this morning Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called and was pitchin’ another bitch to me about all the mercenaries running loose in his country after reading an article and some blogger jerk named Haas’s comments in the WAPO.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/government-inc/2007/09/ private_armies_public_debate_1.html

I corrected the PM’s English usage and told him to find a new translator, because security contractors are NOT mercenaries under my husband G.W. Bush’s New American English standards.

I explained to the PM that private contractors can’t possibly be considered mercenaries, because that might indeed be a violation of: “...Article 5 of the International Convention Against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries of 1993, “States Parties shall not recruit, use, finance or train mercenaries and shall prohibit such activities” ---like that loser Haas pointed out…

And yeah so what, I told the PM that:

“In some cases, legal devices are used to conceal the nature of the assignment or to make the mercenary appear to be a national of the country in whose armed
conflict he is involved.

Although the use of such a device conceals the mercenary’s real status, information such as the origin of the contractual
relationship, the payment, the type of services agreed upon and the simultaneous use of other nationalities and passports, may serve as evidence in establishing the true nationality of persons involved in an armed conflict who are justifiably suspected of being mercenaries...”

“In these cases, the legal loophole is that the law guarantees that the market may operate freely and that people may be recruited freely.

The person who recruits a potential mercenary is simply an intermediary and is not
committing an act that is illegal and criminal per se, since the mercenary will not necessarily receive money to commit a crime, the contract is signed in a place other than where the criminal action will occur and the country’s laws do not classify mercenary activity in a separate category which automatically links the name of the mercenary and his signing of a contract with the commission of a formally defined offence.

This situation calls for careful investigation and monitoring of market activities related to the recruitment of persons for unspecified services, which constitute a traffic that culminates in objective damage in a territory other than the one in which the contract was made and jeopardizes the sovereignty of a
third State, peoples’ lives, the economy and self-determination.

To prevent mercenary activities, States should consider, inter alia, the possibility of revoking the operating licences and permits of entities that have hired mercenaries to engage in illegal activities, refusing
passports and visas to mercenaries and prohibiting them from passing
through the territory of other States.”

Source: “http://www.fas.org/irp/news/1995/a-50-390.htm
[that URL would be from those damned mushroom smoking cloud freaks at the Federation of American Scientist.]

I just want you, your misinformed readers and all those bonehead bloggers to know that I personally have worked very hard and spent way too much time on this Blackwater thing.

But luckily all the ruffled feathers are smoothed out now in the National Press except for you and your little on-line troublemakers.

You should know by now Little Missy, this White House does not DO multilateral international treaties---we are a unitary executive unilateral action bunch instead.

I thought Ambassador Bolton explained that well enough during
his time at the UN.

I guess you have already forgotten about him---but listen up DOC, if you keep nonsense like this up, you could be in real trouble.

Diplomatically yours,
DOC Condi [no-SPICE Girl] Rice

zz ziled

Dearest Dr. Hillhouse,

Your link to WAPO doesn't work--good girl!

I must tell you, though I am just about ready to make you and your little friends stay after hours in detention anyway for all the trouble you are stirring up about this Blackwater flap.

And believe me you, may be a writer, but you will not like keyboarding thousand word essays under former State Department official J. Cofer Black’s detention conditions.

You all fail to grasp that private security contractors like Blackwater are in Iraq and are operating under dangerous conditions and they are protecting and guarding State Department lives in Iraq.

These really big and buff men, with their big and macho weapons are doing an unpleasant, but necessary job for the Department of State on US and Iraqi Approved Contracts---we at the DoS just don’t have the personnel to surge and cover all our operations in theater.

Just this morning Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki called and was pitchin’ another bitch to me about all the mercenaries running loose in his country after reading an article and some blogger jerk named Haas’s comments in the WAPO.

http://blog.washingtonpost.com/government-inc/2007/09/ private_armies_public_debate_1.html

I corrected the PM’s English usage and told him to find a new translator, because security contractors are NOT mercenaries under my husband G.W. Bush’s New American English standards.

I explained to the PM that private contractors can’t possibly be considered mercenaries, because that might indeed be a violation of: “...Article 5 of the International Convention Against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries of 1993, “States Parties shall not recruit, use, finance or train mercenaries and shall prohibit such activities” ---like that loser Haas pointed out…

And yeah so what, I told the PM that:

“In some cases, legal devices are used to conceal the nature of the assignment or to make the mercenary appear to be a national of the country in whose armed
conflict he is involved.

Although the use of such a device conceals the mercenary’s real status, information such as the origin of the contractual
relationship, the payment, the type of services agreed upon and the simultaneous use of other nationalities and passports, may serve as evidence in establishing the true nationality of persons involved in an armed conflict who are justifiably suspected of being mercenaries...”

“In these cases, the legal loophole is that the law guarantees that the market may operate freely and that people may be recruited freely.

The person who recruits a potential mercenary is simply an intermediary and is not
committing an act that is illegal and criminal per se, since the mercenary will not necessarily receive money to commit a crime, the contract is signed in a place other than where the criminal action will occur and the country’s laws do not classify mercenary activity in a separate category which automatically links the name of the mercenary and his signing of a contract with the commission of a formally defined offence.

This situation calls for careful investigation and monitoring of market activities related to the recruitment of persons for unspecified services, which constitute a traffic that culminates in objective damage in a territory other than the one in which the contract was made and jeopardizes the sovereignty of a
third State, peoples’ lives, the economy and self-determination.

To prevent mercenary activities, States should consider, inter alia, the possibility of revoking the operating licences and permits of entities that have hired mercenaries to engage in illegal activities, refusing
passports and visas to mercenaries and prohibiting them from passing
through the territory of other States.”

Source: “http://www.fas.org/irp/news/1995/a-50-390.htm
[that URL would be from those damned mushroom smoking cloud freaks at the Federation of American Scientist.]

I just want you, your misinformed readers and all those bonehead bloggers to know that I personally have worked very hard and spent way too much time on this Blackwater thing.

But luckily all the ruffled feathers are smoothed out now in the National Press except for you and your little on-line troublemakers.

You should know by now Little Missy, this White House does not DO multilateral international treaties---we are a unitary executive unilateral action bunch instead.

I thought Ambassador Bolton explained that well enough during
his time at the UN.

I guess you have already forgotten about him---but listen up DOC, if you keep nonsense like this up, you could be in real trouble.

Diplomatically yours,
DOC Condi [no-SPICE Girl] Rice

zz ziled

Comrade DR. Hillhouse,

This is NOT a 'trick or treat' exercise!

This is an important national security issue that is about how best to protect the American People from "terrorist predators" following them home from Iraq and embedding themselves under their beds to make mischief in the dead of night.

Neither you nor that little partisan pitbull Waxman appreciate
the gravity of the situation here; don't you people monitor the DHS colour codes?

Because THIS IS A PRIVILEGED STATE SECRET--it is a ORANGE condition!

And since this is a privileged "STATE SECRET", I have called the "headless DOJ Horsemen" and the CIA Black Helicopter crowd to have K. Moneypenny, the BLACKWATER Contracting Officer, be hooded, duct-taped, and then placed in an orange jump suit;--- and then to be promptly moved off-shore to a secure ORANGE pumpkin patch location for protection.

I understand my husband has asked Supreme Court Justice Roberts to 'fast-track' this by setting-up a special three member Emergency "IT'S A REAL STATE SECRET" Court Panel to rule on this issue's legality --and yes they will all wear hoods and all will have their voices disgusted.

If you and that little pug-faced Waxman keep up this interfering nonsense and you two could find yourself on vacation sometime and in big trouble.

People on vacation often just disappear you know, just like Halloween ghosts.

We at DOS have our ways of evacuating vacationers like you....

Bon Voyage,
The Reigning Queen of US STATE SECRETS
and
current Sec of DOS
CONDI RICE not SPICE PhD
-------------------------


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Lawmaker says Rice interfered with Iraq inquiry
Tue Sep 25, 2007 9:29pm EDT

(Adds State Department comment, paragraphs 4, 6 and 16)

By Sue Pleming

WASHINGTON, Sept 25 (Reuters) - A leading Democratic lawmaker on Tuesday accused Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice of interfering in congressional inquiries into corruption in Iraq's government and the activities of U.S. security firm Blackwater.

Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman said State Department officials had told the "Oversight and Government Reform Committee" he chairs they could not provide details of corruption in Iraq's government unless the information was treated as a "state secret" and not revealed to the public.

"You are wrong to interfere with the committee's inquiry," Waxman said in a letter to Rice. "The State Department's position on this matter is ludicrous," added Waxman, a vocal opponent of the Bush administration's Iraq policies.

But State Department spokesman Tom Casey said there seemed to have been a "misunderstanding" over the issue and all the information requested by Congress had either been provided or was in the process of being provided.

Waxman said security contractor Blackwater, which was involved in an incident in which Iraqi civilians were killed last week, said they could not hand over documents relevant to an investigation without State Department approval.

But Casey said later Blackwater had been informed the State Department had no objection to it providing information to Waxman's committee.

Blackwater provides security for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and has a contract with the State Department.

The company was involved in a Sept. 16 shooting in which 11 people were killed while Blackwater was escorting a convoy through Baghdad. The State Department is investigating the incident along with the Iraqis.

Waxman, who has called a hearing on Blackwater for Oct. 2, released a letter his staff received from the security contractor's attorneys dated Sept. 24.

"It (the State Department) directs Blackwater USA not to disclose any information concerning the contract without DOS (Department of State) preauthorization in writing."

Blackwater also urged the committee not to ask questions at the hearing that could reveal sensitive information "that could be utilized by our country's implacable enemies in Iraq."

Such information included the size of their security staff in Baghdad, weaponry and the operation of convoys.

Waxman also released a letter signed by State Department contracting officer Kiazan Moneypenny to Blackwater.

"I hereby direct Blackwater to make no disclosure of documents or information ... unless such disclosure has been authorized in writing by the contracting officer," wrote Moneypenny.

Waxman also complained Rice was refusing to testify at any hearings his committee planned to look at political reconciliation in Iraq, corruption or the Blackwater incident.

"We have offered to make available for testimony those officials in the best position to respond to the specific issues the committee has raised," said Casey.

© Reuters 2006. All rights reserved.
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"Did CIA kidnap vacationer?
It's a state secret.

By Warren Richey | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

from the September 19, 2007

At issue is whether the White House has the power to keep an alleged victim from seeking redress in US courts."

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0919/p01s08-usju.html

zz ziled

YOU ARE A WINNER!

Congratulations Dr. Hillhouse!

You and Mr. Steve Aftergood over at FAS have both won a free all expense paid vacation to, "land initially", at the foreign destination of your choice from the US Department of State!

You will be flying in deluxe, extra, special accommodations on:

"Aero Contractors"
Chartered Airlines

and

Special Event Operators at Blackwater USA are currently standing by just to take your call and escort you personally, in special unmarked SUVs, to your airplane where they will help secure you properly in your seats!

Please make certain you and Steve have your things well packed and are ready to go ASAP and please make all your flight reservations as soon as possible!

So why not dial right now and ask for the Blackwater "Special Vacation Event Manager" for your trip: --- Mr. J.C. Black! He is standing by for your call!

And please do keep in touch with family and friends in the US through the special free telephone, mobile devices and calling cards you will be issued from the NSA---[correction: you will receive from "American Telephone and Telecomm"!]

And please, please--- DON'T hesitate to take your pet Congressional Pit-bull "Mr. Waxman" with you too on this fun and exclusive vacation package!

Call right NOW!!!

Bon Voyage,

Dr. C. Rice

Secretary of State
US Department Of State
-------------------

STATE DEPT CLASSIFIES REPORT ON IRAQI CORRUPTION

"After a congressional committee requested a copy of an unclassified internal State Department report on corruption in the Iraqi government, the Department classified the report and declined to provide it. But
the document is in the public domain and widely accessible.

"The State Department initially informed Committee staff that the
reports were designated 'sensitive but unclassified',' wrote Rep. Henry Waxman, chair of the House Oversight Committee, in a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

"After receiving the Committee's inquiry, however, the State Department retroactively classified the documents and refused to provide them
voluntarily to the Committee."

"The Committee subpoenaed the documents last week, but they still have not been provided to the Committee in either classified or unclassified form," Mr. Waxman complained.
http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2007_cr/waxman092507.pdf

The primary document at issue is an assessment of Iraqi corruption that was prepared by the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. The document was first reported in The Nation magazine last month, and it was published last week on the Federation of American Scientists web site (Secrecy News, 09/19/07).
http://www.fas.org/irp/eprint/anticorruption.pdf

"Obviously, the State Department's position on this matter is
ludicrous," wrote Rep. Waxman.

"If there is widespread corruption within the Maliki government, this
is information that both Congress and the public are entitled to know."

But according to State Department officials, "any information about
corruption within the Maliki government must be treated as classified because public discussions could undermine U.S. relations with the Maliki government."

http://www.fas.org/blog/secrecy/

anon

Dear Dr. Hillhouse,

After careful inspection of the previous comments I believe you have some fodder for an amusing anecdotal accounts for a new novel...

Rest assure and please get well soon....

A Fan

zz ziled

Hillhouse You Wicked Witch,

Yes, okay---I read that letter from that partisan DEMOCRATIC ghoul Congressman Waxman to State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard, in which Waxman claims that "... two investigators said they were threatened with retaliation — perhaps including losing their jobs — if they cooperated..[with Waxman's Congressional Oversight Committee]"

What is all the fuss about and why I ask is Waxman continually stirring the pot when there is a perfectly harmless explanation for these events?

DoS aides were just trying to assist that Special Agent and cooperate as best they could!

They explained to me they just found that Special Agent WAY TOO serious and they were just trying to lighten up the mood a little, in the spirit of the coming Halloween season, with a little verbal prank... and so it is very understandable when they said: Yo my man...don't you know "Howard could make you lose your job..."

Personally, I think Brownie---I mean Krongard is doing a helluva job!

And the fact that Waxman's Oversight Committee hobgoblins obtained an e-mail that "...Krongard intervened when federal prosecutors asked for help from his office in investigating the Blackwater arms-smuggling allegations...." is a just a fabrication!

I am warning you all is time to pull the plug on all this editorializing and blogging mischief making!

I told you over and over we at DoS have our ways of finding out who you are, where you travel and then making special evacuation plans for vacationers like you....

-------------------------
McClatchy Washington Bureau
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/homepage/story/20100.html

Posted on Fri, Sep. 28, 2007
Congressman: State Dept. official threatened investigators
Warren P. Strobel | McClatchy Newspapers

last updated: September 28, 2007 08:20:42 PM

WASHINGTON — Aides to State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard threatened two investigators with retaliation this week if they cooperate with a congressional probe into Krongard's office, the chairman of a House of Representatives panel and other U.S. officials said Friday.

The allegations are the latest in a growing uproar surrounding Krongard. Current and former officials in his office charge that he impeded investigations into alleged arms smuggling by employees of the private security firm Blackwater and into faulty construction of the new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

Krongard has denied the charges and is due to appear before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee next month.

In a statement e-mailed to reporters Friday, his office said it was cooperating with investigators.

"The Office of the Inspector General has cooperated with and will continue to cooperate with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's investigation," the statement said. "Furthermore, the OIG will continue to make any OIG employee available to speak with the committee, if they choose."

Officials at the State Department and other agencies said support for Krongard appeared to be slipping and that it remained uncertain whether he could keep his job. They spoke on condition of anonymity, because Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice hasn't made a final decision in the matter.

The probe into Krongard's office is being led by Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., the chairman of the House oversight committee.

The two investigators said they were threatened with retaliation — perhaps including losing their jobs — if they cooperated, Waxman said in a letter to Krongard.

According to the letter, Krongard's congressional liaison told one of the two, Special Agent Ronald A. Militana, "Howard can fire you. It would affect your ability to get another job."

In a telephone interview, Militana confirmed that he's filed a complaint with Waxman's panel and said the congressman's letter quoted him accurately. He declined to comment further.

Militana and the other investigator, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Brian Rubendall, were among those pressing for an investigation into whether employees of Blackwater were illegally shipping automatic weapons and other military goods to Iraq without a license. Rubendall couldn't be reached for comment.

McClatchy Newspapers reported last week that two Blackwater employees have pleaded guilty in Greenville, N.C., to weapons charges and are cooperating with federal officials.

Blackwater, which has received roughly $835 million in State Department contracts, mostly to guard U.S. civilians in Iraq, is under intense scrutiny after a series of violent incidents involving its contractors. In the most recent, Blackwater teams were involved in a shooting at a busy Baghdad traffic circle Sept.16 that killed 11 Iraqis.

According to an e-mail obtained by Waxman's committee, Krongard intervened when federal prosecutors asked for help from his office in investigating the Blackwater arms-smuggling allegations.

The investigations division of the inspector general's office "is directed to stop IMMEDIATELY any work on these contracts until I receive a briefing from the (assistant U.S. attorney) regarding the details of this investigation. SA Militana, ASAIC Rubendall and any others involved are to be directed by you not to proceed in any manner until the briefing takes place," Krongard wrote to a subordinate July 11.

Krongard denied those allegations on Sept. 18 and said he'd made "one of my best investigators" available to help the Justice Department.

That investigator, Waxman wrote Friday, was Militana.

Several current and former State Department officials have sought whistleblower protection after complaining about Krongard conducted the inspector general's office, according to a U.S. official who requested anonymity.

In a related development, members of a panel that Rice set up to review State Department security operations in Iraq are due to depart for Baghdad this weekend.

The department announced that the panel, led by Patrick Kennedy, State's director of management policy, will be composed of retired Army Gen. George Joulwan, who served as NATO's supreme allied commander, Europe; former Ambassador to China Stapleton Roy; and retired Ambassador Eric Boswell, who served as assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security.

[Read Waxman's complete letter @ the McClatchy Newspapers 2007 link above.]

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In case you had a doubt--- you evil witch DOC Hillhouse---my DoS Aides were so upset, they forgot to sign my e-post letter for me when they posted it to your blog!

Good help is so hard to find here these days at State...Everyone is just too scared and nervous about being hauled before Congress and being investigated by the partisan ghoul Congressman Waxman and his hobgoblins...

This post and that last one by that zz ziled is really undersigned by the Reigning Queen of Damage Control and DOCTOR of Spin Control at DoS; none other than DOC Condoleezza Rice!
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"Patrick Kennedy, the State Department’s director of management policy, is leaving for Iraq this weekend to lead a team to conduct a broad review of the use of private security contractors, he said on Friday."

Source: NY Times:"State Dept. Starts Third Review of Private Security in Iraq" By JAMES RISEN
- September 29, 2007; http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/29/washington/29blackwater.html?ref=world

zz ziled

In case you had a doubt--- you evil witch DOC Hillhouse---my DoS Aides were so upset, they forgot to sign my e-post letter for me when they posted it to your blog!

Good help is so hard to find here these days at State...Everyone is just too scared and nervous about being hauled before Congress and being investigated by the partisan ghoul Congressman Waxman and his hobgoblins...

This post and that last one by that zz ziled is really undersigned by the Reigning Queen of Damage Control and DOCTOR of Spin Control at DoS; none other than DOC Condoleezza Rice!
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"Patrick Kennedy, the State Department’s director of management policy, is leaving for Iraq this weekend to lead a team to conduct a broad review of the use of private security contractors, he said on Friday."

Source: NY Times:"State Dept. Starts Third Review of Private Security in Iraq" By JAMES RISEN
- September 29, 2007; http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/29/washington/29blackwater.html?ref=world

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Acknowledgements

  • A tip of the hat to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock who inspired the name of this blog with his path-breaking 2005 article, "The Spy Who Billed Me."

    Shorrock has a dedicated web page on outsourcing in intel. It links to many of his articles which are must-reads for anyone interested in the privatization of intelligence.