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Blackwater still under fire despite dramatic air rescue
David Edwards and Greg Wasserstrom
Published: Wednesday October 3, 2007

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Like a scene from from an action film, Blackwater USA, the private security contractor under fire for numerous abuses in Iraq, was dispatched to rescue Poland's ambassador after an assassination attempt on a busy Baghdad street today.

Despite being the subject of numerous investigations by Iraqi and American authorities, Blackwater is still indispensable, according to CBS News, which called it "essential to the American and international presence" occupying Iraq. CBS reports that the Blackwater air rescue unit was dispatched by the American embassy because it was the only such unit available.

Even so, the investigations into actions of Blackwater contractors will continue as the accusations against the firm mount. A State Dept. probe is being handed over to the FBI and investigators on the case will be guarded by US security agents - a job normally reserved for Blackwater.

The following video is from CBS's Evening News, broadcast on October 3, 2007. (story continues below)