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Lieberman Has No Plans To Investigate Blackwater

Lieberman Has No Plans To Investigate Blackwater, Corrupt Iraq Contractors

Huffington Post
October 10, 2007

Joe Lieberman (I-CT), who chairs the Senate committee responsible for government oversight, says he has no plans to investigate Blackwater and other Iraq war contractors accused of potentially criminal wrongdoing. Roll Call reports (sub req’d):

Though Lieberman said he gets “angry when I hear about fraud or corruption in the spending of American dollars,” he said he in part chooses what to have hearings on by “watching who else is doing what,” noting that [House oversight chairman Henry] Waxman has held several hearings on Iraq oversight, as have the Senate Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees. “You’ve got to set your own priorities, and it was clear to me that other committees were going to pick this up,” said Lieberman.

Roll Call notes that on the day Iraq revoked Blackwater’s license after the shooting of 17 civilians, Waxman immediately announced hearings on private security contractors. Lieberman “announced two firefighting grants for the towns of Bolton and Willington in his home state.”

Lieberman has held only one hearing all year on “reconstruction challenges in both Iraq and Afghanistan,” compared to eight hearings on Iraq and contracting abuses in the House.

 

US detains nearly 25,000 in Iraq

AFP
October 10, 2007

BAGHDAD (AFP) — The US military is holding nearly 25,000 people in its prisons in Iraq, 860 of whom are under the age of 16, the general in charge of their detention said on Wednesday.

Eighty-three percent of inmates are Sunnis and 16 percent are Shiite, General Douglas Stone told a press conference in Baghdad.

Egyptians, Iranians, Saudis and Syrians number among 280 foreign nationals imprisoned by the US military in Iraq, he said.

There are two prisons run by the Americans on Iraqi soil: one at their Camp Cropper base outside Baghdad, the other at Camp Bucca near the southern port of Umm Qasr.

These prison receive an average of 60 news inmates each day, according to Stone, while the average length of time for incarceration of a detainee is 300 days.

Since the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in mid-September, the US military has freed around 50 to 60 prisoners every day.

Civilians killed in military strike
http://www.washingtontimes.com/ar….IGN/110100041/1003

Security guards fired randomly: Iraq official
http://today.reuters.com/news/art…_RTRUKOC_0_US-IRAQ.xml

 






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