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Blackwater had a less than stellar reputation concerning their work in Iraq, they were one of many contractors, so they have changed their name. The Senate Armed Services committee recently reported that,
“Blackwater operated in Afghanistan without sufficient oversight or supervision and with almost no consideration of the rules it was legally obligated to follow,” said Sen. Carl Levin, the committee’s chairman.
“Even one irresponsible act by contractor personnel can hurt the mission and put our troops in harm’s way,” Levin said.
So why are they still working for the government? Privatization (contracting) of the tasks the army use to do, usually costs more and many times the implementation of those tasks isn’t as professional.
The Washington Independent reported,
Blackwater personnel appear to have gone to exceptional lengths to obtain weapons from U.S. military weapons storehouses intended for use by the Afghan police. According to the committee, at the behest of the company’s Afghanistan country manager, Ricky Chambers, Blackwater on at least two occasions acquired hundreds of rifles and pistols from a U.S. military facility near Kabul called 22 Bunkers by the military and Pol-e Charki by the Afghans. Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of all U.S. military forces in the Middle East and South Asia, wrote to the committee to explain that “there is no current or past written policy, order, directive, or instruction that allows U.S. Military contractors or subcontractors in Afghanistan to use weapons stored at 22 Bunkers.”
On one of those occasions, in September 2008, Chief Warrant Officer Greg Sailer, who worked at 22 Bunkers and is a friend of a Blackwater officer working in Afghanistan, signed over more than 200 AK-47s to an individual identified as “Eric Cartman” or possibly “Carjman” from Blackwater’s Counter Narcotics Training Unit. A Blackwater lawyer told committee staff that no one by those names has ever been employed by the company. Eric Cartman is the name of an obnoxious character from Comedy Central’s popular “South Park” cartoon.
Instead of hiring contractors the US Army and the pentagon should invest more time and money in the training and supplying of our soldiers, specifically by raising their salaries to be equal to contractors doing the same work.
Think about it and contact congress with your views.
See Huffington Post article, ” Blackwater Took Hundreds Of US Weapons From Military, Afghan Police Using “South Park “Alias.
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