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Government May Be Paying Blackwater To Work In Iraq Illegally

Washington Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Days after the Baghdad government decided it no longer wanted the company then known as Blackwater in Iraq, the State Department signed a $22.2 millio...

Top Intelligence Picks a No-Win for Obama

Tim Shorrock and Frank Naif | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tim Shorrock and Frank Naif

The Obama transition team's highly anticipated announcement of its new national security lineup has telling omissions: there's no Director of National Intelligence or CIA Director.

Jason Linkins

U.S. Military Contractor 'Used Armored Cars To Transport Prostitutes' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over at Muckraked, we get news that "a panel of whistleblowers" testifying before a Senate committee yesterday dropped a dime on their employer, milit...

Michael Roston

Blackwater's California Wildfire Relief Efforts Backfire With Local Residents | Michael Roston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While hundreds of thousands of citizens were fleeing Southern California's wildfires in October, Blackwater USA was charging back in. While the fire...

"They Just Killed A Man And Drove Away"

New York Times | James Glanz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

An Iraqi taxi driver was shot and killed on Saturday by a guard with DynCorp International, a private security company hired to protect American diplo...

Michael Roston

White House Trying To Limit Reach Of Criminal Law On Blackwater, Contractors | Michael Roston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A tug of war has broken out between Congress and the Bush administration over legislation that would put private security contractors on a shorter leg...

Michael Roston

Democrats' New Bill Gives Blackwater, Contractors Six Months Notice In Iraq | Michael Roston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A group of House members and one Senator came together on Tuesday to introduce the "Stop Outsourcing Security Act," a bill that will give pink slips t...

Michael Roston

Heat Builds On Blackwater: Congresswoman Moves To Ban Private Security Contractors | Michael Roston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The congressional vice-grip is tightening on Blackwater and other contracted defense firms. Next Wednesday, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) will introduce...

New Evidence That Blackwater Guards Took No Fire

The New York Times | James Glanz, Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Michael Kamber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Fresh accounts of the Blackwater shooting last month, given by three rooftop witnesses and by American soldiers who arrived shortly after the gunfire ...