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October 29, 2007



Why don't you look up "Garrity Warning" and "Kalkines Warning" first before you trumpet the same accusations being made by the AP?

The type of immunity granted the Blackwater contractors was only in regard to the statements they made to DS investigators immediately after the incident. Offering these types of warnings to government employees is STANDARD CONDUCT in all internal governmental investigations and is not prima facie evidence of some grand conspiracy.

 R J Hillhouse

Agreed that limited immunity is standard conduct, but a government investigative bureau offering limited immunity to its own contractors is unprecedented.

In no way am I implying a conspiracy, but rather a lack of accountability and a very dangerous precedent in government outsourcing.


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  • 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.