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Corn: Blackwater is ‘Rambo meets Wall Street’

The Washington bureau chief for Mother Jones magazine isn’t mincing any words when it comes to security contractor Blackwater. The company is “Rambo meets Wall Street,” David Corn told MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann Thursday night. In an interview about a recent allegation that the company put a prostitute on its payroll…

Claim: Blackwater billed US for ‘Morale Welfare Recreation’ provided by prostitute

The world’s oldest profession may have been subsidized by the US government during the war on terror. “Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security contractor of defrauding the government for years with phony billing, including charging for a prostitute, alcohol and spa trips,” Carol D. Leonnig…

Shiite group claims kidnapping of US contractor in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AFP) - – A Shiite Islamist group on Saturday said it has kidnapped an American military contractor in Iraq and warned of attacks, hours after an Internet video showed the captive man wearing US military uniform.…

Pentagon backtracks after Gates ‘admits’ Blackwater operating in Pakistan

The Pentagon has gone into damage control mode after Defense Secretary Robert Gates appeared to confirm that security contractor Blackwater is operating in Pakistan. The admission, quickly denied by Defense Department officials, has set fire to long-simmering rumors inside Pakistan about the involvement of for-profit contractors in the war against…

House Rep floats bill to ban private security contractors

An Illinois House Democrat is planning to introduce a bill that would ban private security contractors, including Blackwater, from US military and intelligence operations. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has circulated a letter among her colleagues asking them to co-sponsor the Stop Outsourcing Security (SOS) Act, which would “responsibly phase out…

US to review court decision on Blackwater killings

WASHINGTON — The US government said Friday it will review the decision by a US court to drop charges against American private security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in an unprovoked attack in 2007. “We respect the independence of the judiciary. The decision of the judge does not…

Judge may cite failed Blackwater prosecutors for ‘misconduct’

Prosecutors who mishandled the investigation into a deadly 2007 Blackwater Worldwide shooting face a possible misconduct citation from a judge who says they withheld evidence and violated the guards’ constitutional rights. U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina admonished the Justice Department last week for its “reckless” handling of the investigation into…

Times: US lawyers knew there were problems with Blackwater case

The New York Times has found that a federal judge’s decision to dismiss a case against Blackwater on grounds of inadmissible evidence resulted from a problem that was apparent to government lawyers within days of the September 2007 Baghdad shootings. As explained by the Times, the Blackwater guards were required…

Judge drops charges against Blackwater guards accused of massacre

In a rebuke to government prosecutors, a federal judge dismissed criminal charges against five Blackwater security guards accused of fatally shooting 14 people in Baghdad in September 2007. Judge Ricardo Urbina said on Thursday prosecutors violated the defendants’ rights by using incriminating statements they had made under immunity during a…

Judge dismisses charges against Blackwater defendants

WASHINGTON (AFP) – In a rebuke to government prosecutors, a federal judge dismissed criminal charges against five Blackwater security guards accused of fatally shooting 14 people in Baghdad in September 2007. Judge Ricardo Urbina said on Thursday prosecutors violated the defendants’ rights by using incriminating statements they had made under…

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