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Bush And His Blackwater Ties

Blackwater’s ties to Bush and the administration will allow them to keep getting lucrative contracts and probable allow them to stay in Iraq. There is a revolving door between the Bush administration, the CIA, the Pentagon and Blackwater, this relationship has allowed for employment on a continual basis for all parties. The corruption in this administration is beyond criminal.

Joseph Schmitz, chief operating officer and general counsel: In 2002, President Bush nominated Schmitz to oversee and police the Pentagon’s military contracts as the Defense Department’s inspector general. Schmitz presided over the largest increase of military-contracting spending in history: As of 2005, 77 companies were awarded 149 “prime contracts” worth $42.1 billion, with hundreds of millions going to Blackwater. Schmitz informed his staff on Aug. 26, 2005, that he was leaving the Pentagon; in September of that year, he went to work for Blackwater.

J. Cofer Black, vice chairman: Black spent most of his 28-year CIA career running covert operations in the Directorate of Operations, where he worked with Rob Richer (below). At the time of the 9/11 attacks, he was director of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center. There he was former CIA Director George Tenet’s ace in the hole when it came to convincing Bush that the CIA should lead initial U.S. combat operations in Afghanistan after 9/11.

Black later went to the State Department, where one of his roles was to begin coordinating security for the 2004 Olympics in Greece. In 2003, the State Department gave Blackwater a contract to train the Olympic security teams.

In 2004, Black left the State Department to join Blackwater. In addition to his work with Blackwater and his own company, Total Intelligence Solutions, Black also recently joined the presidential campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, where he serves the Republican hopeful as senior advisor for counterterrorism and national security.

Rob Richer, vice president for intelligence: Richer was head of the CIA’s Near East division — and the agency’s liaison with King Abdullah of Jordan — from 1999 to 2004. In 2003, he briefed President Bush on the nascent Iraqi insurgency. In late 2004, he became the associate deputy director in the CIA’s Directorate of Operations. He left the agency for Blackwater in the fall of 2005, effectively taking the agency’s relationship with Abdullah with him.

Fred Fielding, former outside counsel:Blackwater feared that if it was found liable for its employees’ deaths, a floodgate of future litigation could be opened. To fight the suit, Blackwater hired Fielding, the consummate Republican insider. In January 2007, Bush chose him as White House counsel.

Ken Starr, outside counsel: Blackwater then hired another high-profile lawyer with impeccable Republican credentials.

Full article at Salon

5 comments to Bush And His Blackwater Ties

  • I read recently that the military forces are near revolt over Blackwater. I’ll post the article here if I can find it again.

    Love the blog re-design! Wow!
    LM is, once again, open for business.

  • Mirth:
    I saw your name and it put a smile on my face. Glad to see you and I am happy LM is open.

    Thanks on the re-design it has been a project.

  • JOY

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY. DOESN’T ANYONE HAVE THE BALLS TO STOP THESE CRIMINALS FROM CONTINUEING THESE ACTS THAT WILL EVENTUALLY DESTROY US AND LEAVE US DEVASTATED? I REMEMBER THE STORIES OF THE DEPRESSION AND THEY WEREN’T PRETTY. DO YOU WANT TO LIVE THRU ANOTHER ONE?

  • Joy:
    Bush and Cheny have destroyed this country in 7+ years it will take decades to undo their mess. Both of them including their administration(s)need to tried for war crimes and teason. While we’re at it the need to put memeber of the 108th and 109th Congress on trial for allowing and enabling the destruction of the constiution, the contry and corruption.

    If I hear another person tell me about their “good Christian” values a swear I will spit on them.

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