“WASHINGTON – The State Department’s security chief announced his resignation on Wednesday in the wake of last month’s deadly Blackwater USA shooting incident in Baghdad and growing questions about the use of private contractors in Iraq.
Richard Griffin, the assistant secretary of state for diplomatic security, announced his decision to resign at a weekly staff meeting, according to an internal informational e-mail sent to colleagues.
Griffin announced his resignation just a day after Rice ordered a series of measures to boost government oversight of the private guards the department uses to protect its diplomats in Iraq.”
Now here is a quizzical development. Government officials are known to quit when they disagree with policy, or there is gross indecency going on. At first glance, I wasn’t sure what to make of this story, until i got to this part: “The steps were recommended by a review panel Rice created after a Sept. 16 incident in which Blackwater personnel are accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians. The panel found serious lapses in the department’s oversight of such guards, who are employed by Griffin’s bureau.”
AHHHH, now i understand. Poor little Griffin is angry because new significant oversight measures such as humvee cameras and cultural awareness classes(are you fucking serious??) are going to cause misfortune, pain and heartache to those stand-up guys at blackwater. Well good riddance, seeing as the price of contractors keeps going up, even though the number of contractors DOESN’T. Stop wasting my money assholes.
State Dept. Intercedes in Blackwater Probe
“A House panel reveals a letter telling the firm not to disclose information about its Iraq operations without the administration’s OK.”
“WASHINGTON – The State Department has interceded in a congressional investigation of Blackwater USA, the private security firm accused of killing Iraqi civilians last week, ordering the company not to disclose information about its Iraq operations without approval from the Bush administration, according to documents revealed Tuesday.”
Wow, just when I thought hell had frozen over, and the more nefarious aspects of private mercenary contracts were going to be revealed, the white house rushes in to save the day. Forget all those silly expired political notions such as “checks and balances“, “congressional oversight” and “justice”. The prescence of blackwater mercenaries in Iraq has been discussed for some time, but now the state department has convinced me there is some filthy laundry rolling around in the deserts of mesopotamia. As george carlin once put it: ” I have learned to believe exactly the opposite of what my government tells me”, not a bad strategy, not at all. When this administration rushes in to put the “hush puppy” treatment on something, im intrigued as to what it is. Grow a nutsack you spineless congressional motherfuckers, do YOUR FUCKING DUTY TO THE COUNTRY.