Monday, June 30, 2014

Hey Buddy (Waking Up Yet?) If You Like Being Used/Manipulated By Those You Thought You Paid To Protect You . . . (Watch Out for John Negroponte's Next Sighting!)

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. . . yes, guys.

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Common Dreams
Monday, June 30, 2014

Blackwater's Top Gun to Investigator: 'I Could Kill You'

State Department official documented in memo that mercenary threatened him just weeks before Nisour Square massacre

- Jon Queally

As the trial continues against Blackwater mercenaries accused of a bloody massacre that took place in Iraq in 2007 and left seventeen civilians dead, new documents reveal that just weeks prior to that incident a State Department investigation into the practices of the private military company was cut short after threats of deadly violence.
According to the New York Times on Monday, citing previously unpublished State Department documents, the internal "inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater’s top manager there issued a threat:  'that he could kill' the government’s chief investigator and 'no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq.'"
The documents and Times reporting detail how the behavior of the military contractors concerned the investigative team sent to Iraq to assess their peformance and protocols, but that efforts to make changes were rebuffed by Blackwater operatives and embassy personnel who "had gotten too close to the contractor."
“The management structures in place to manage and monitor our contracts in Iraq have become subservient to the contractors themselves,” wrote one investigator, Jean C. Richter, in an Aug. 31, 2007, memo to State Department officials. “Blackwater contractors saw themselves as above the law,” he said, adding that the “hands off” management resulted in a situation in which “the contractors, instead of Department officials, are in command and in control.”

It was Richter, a Diplomatic Security special agent, who received the death threat from Blackwater's in-country manager, Daniel Carroll. Richter's fellow investigator, a State Department management analyst named Donald Thomas Jr., witnessed the incident.
Though none of the men involved responded to requests for comment from the Times, the incident is documented clearly inthe Richter's memo and corroborated by Thomas' testimony. According to the newspaper:

[Richter and Thomas] met with Daniel Carroll, Blackwater’s project manager in Iraq, to discuss the investigation, including a complaint over food quality and sanitary conditions at a cafeteria in Blackwater’s compound.

Mr. Carroll barked that Mr. Richter could not tell him what to do about his cafeteria, Mr. Richter’s report said. The Blackwater official went on to threaten the agent and say he would not face any consequences, according to Mr. Richter’s later account.
Mr. Carroll said “that he could kill me at that very moment and no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq,” Mr. Richter wrote in a memo to senior State Department officials in Washington. He noted that Mr. Carroll had formerly served with Navy SEAL Team 6, an elite unit.
“Mr. Carroll’s statement was made in a low, even tone of voice, his head was slightly lowered; his eyes were fixed on mine,” Mr. Richter stated in his memo. “I took Mr. Carroll’s threat seriously. We were in a combat zone where things can happen quite unexpectedly, especially when issues involve potentially negative impacts on a lucrative security contract.”
He added that he was especially alarmed because Mr. Carroll was Blackwater’s leader in Iraq, and “organizations take on the attitudes and mannerisms of their leader.”
Mr. Thomas witnessed the exchange and corroborated Mr. Richter’s version of events in a separate statement, writing that Mr. Carroll’s comments were “unprofessional and threatening in nature.” He added that others in Baghdad had told the two investigators to be “very careful,” considering that their review could jeopardize job security for Blackwater personnel.
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Blackwater private soldiers are the perfect gatekeepers, meant to unbalance the people and keep them out of the hair of important people. As gatekeepers with the Right political views (please those who are are also important, some of whom may be more important than you), they will be above the law, whatever they and their political partners say. That's what the people, viewed conveniently as 'the enemy' by elites and politicians, must contend with in this neoliberal era featuring a mafia capitalist system, an out of control police state and a well-funded, hi tech and very geared up stable of police and security agencies, public and private (corporatocracy).

Most public policy is made through blackmail. Every so often we get a glimpse of the process in action. This is no different from the threats Congress got from bankers in 2008 to crash the economy. As always happens, cowardly government officials capitulated.
bennes to GuyTouquet
It seems like the investigators were doing their job. It does not seem that they were backed up by their superiors in the State Department or Mr. Carroll would have been dismissed immediately.
And again, too much money being involved is the problem, NOT the solution. People, especially those with guns, will do ANYTHING to protect that money. I don't now why this should be a surprise.
Given all the high stakes controversy that has swirled about Ed Snowden's leaks, the war on government whistleblowers and the reporters they turn to, and heavy handed abuse of the Espionage Act by the Justice Department to facilitate keeping classified information out of the public domain no matter how clearly criminal, outrageous, and newsworthy the disclosures might be, please note that the by-line author of this explosive major New York Times article about Blackwater's operations in Iraq is none other than James Risen.
And yet.. and yet.. even after the Democratic Brand took power.. Blackwater / XE continued to receive lucrative contracts without accountability. Waking Up Yet?
Mercs...the dogs of war.
War to feed personal Addictions and reap Profit.
Lest any one forget, these are "Our Boys"
Trained by that Corporate War Machine the US Military.
As a Veteran that makes me just wanna...Salute the Flag.
God save us from our ignorance and grant Justice to Blackwater.
There is in the USA now, including within government a critical mass of dissent which will shortly require death squads here in the Security Homeland. Blackwater, and the like are in perfect position to fill this essential function of the imperial state.
Wherever John Negroponte goes death squads follow. It is his specialty. Watch for his appointment to some post within State or Defense. When that occurs the organized murders of dissenters, er, I mean, terrorists, will begin.
What a delightful coincidence! Just last week, the Massachusetts SWAT team (or its rep) stated that because it consists of private contractors, it is not bound by U.S. law. See you on the 4th. (yee-haw!)

They are "Hitmen for Hire". No doubt which side they will be on when the Revolution starts.
Does their funding come from the State Dept budget? A deceptive way to make the Pentagon budget look smaller than it really is. The State Dept has morphed into the War Dept... and Hillary helped that happen.

Make no mistake, there are people in the US military that are psychopaths. SEAL's are exceptional as US combat forces and they are not selected for their reverence of law or protocol. Too many are joining corporate security groups and the ranks of police departments like the NYPD, Oakland, Boston, Alberquerque, NM, Miami, Cincinnati, Chicago, et al..

squirrley, steroidal, delusional, dangerous, abominations = another example the economic colonization model of constant growth in the process of gobbling up everything in sight and turning it into poison, impoverishment at every level, - life as death wish with a death grip on _________ fill in the blank (hint: everything).

They are a mercenary force doing what they were paid to do, go after their paymasters.
“'The management structures in place to manage and monitor our contracts in Iraq have become subservient to the contractors themselves,' wrote one investigator, Jean C. Richter, in an Aug. 31, 2007, memo to State Department officials. 'Blackwater contractors saw themselves as above the law,' he said, adding that the 'hands off' management resulted in a situation in which 'the contractors, instead of Department officials, are in command and in control.'"
Remember Roberto D'Aubuisson - AKA "Blowtorch Bob" - in El Salvador, who was massacring and torturing all those politicians, reporters, civil rights investigators, union leaders, clergy, nuns, journalists, peasants, students, etc? Remember how the "elected" El Salvadoran government officials allowed all this to happen because of the power he possessed against them, not to mention the fact that a substantial number of them secretly supported his death squad activities? Remember how the Reagan government was funding and supporting these massacres and massive torture/human rights abuses with every ounce of support that it could muster, all the while claiming they couldn't control D'Aubuisson's death squads who were operating with impunity against an unarmed population?
I do.

According to the US government investigator, Daniel Carroll, head of Blackwater in Iraq told him:
“that he could kill me at that very moment and no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq,”

But the Daniel Carrolls of this world could never make it back here in the "Homeland" could they? Nope, just could never happen.
And now ask me again why I think any progressive in this country who still supports, at this late date, disarming the civilian population is just, well, dumb as nails on this issue?
Dangerous, very dangerous, first the "volunteer" army, then the employment of modern day Condottieri, and like their Renaissance forerunerrs, they now dictate terms to their ostensible employers. Also, Condottiero means contractor in Renaissance Italian.
I always remember that in the plumbing world, black water is used toilet water. Tells you all you need to know.
Funny isn't it that Al Qaeda and Blackwater both refer to toilets. Says a lot about the people and the mentalities that invented them.
  • Do anything about it i(n) Iraq or anywhere? This is the Empire's Murder Incorporated

    We could kill his children too. The difference is, we know it's wrong.

  • This is our lovely police state at work. It's getting worse day by day. This is the outcome of being such an "exceptional" nation. USA!!!!!
Think of Blackwater working with Homeland Security, 16 spy agencies, and LEC(Law enforcement council-aka national sherrifs posse). Obama is worse than Bush. He has not stood for law, he has stood for corporate hegemony.
So this government terrorist (Carroll) was part of Seal Team 6 -- why didn't the obadrone off him when he offed the team that 'got' bin Laden?
Maybe the unsanitary name Blackwater is also a reference to the state of their cafeterias? If this guy threatens murder if a State Dept official about the quality of the cafeteria, what might have been his reaction if they had ever got onto the really important issues. Anyway, Blackwater is no more: they have changed their name to Praetorian Guard - so thats alright then...."Quis custodes custodiet?"

A little more....
Even with this late revelation, why is Daniel Carroll not under arrest? Oh, never mind. What was I thinking?

To bad the State Department investigator didn't just shoot the Blackwater scumbag...That would have sent a clear message to the rest of the murdering scumbags in Blackwater to never bite the hand that feeds you.

The only problem with that is that the Blackwater guy would have been "killed by a terrorist," and the investigator's bullet riddled body would have been found in the street, "a victim of terrorists." (Technically correct, but the terrorists would have been misidentified as Iraqis.)

I take it the interview took place in Iraq and Blackwater at that time was charged with the security of State Department officials in Iraq. That would have amounted to suicide.
It possibly could have been newsworthy, perhaps. But I think it would have been covered up and the State Department investigator would have officially been offed by "Islamic Insurgents" according to media reports.

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