Corrupt ties between US Bush administration and Blackwater

This video is from the United States Congress.

The video says about itself:

The Oversight Committee holds a hearing, “Assessing the State Department Inspector General.” Inspector General Howard J. Krongard will testify. Rep. Elijah Cummings questions Krongard.

From British daily The Guardian:

Under intense questioning from Democrats on Wednesday, the state department inspector general admitted that his brother is an adviser to security company Blackwater after having denied the family tie earlier in his testimony.

The reversal under oath by Howard Krongard, who is alleged by whistleblowers in his office to have blocked a probe of arms smuggling by Blackwater, handed Democrats a major victory in their push to regulate private security contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. …

Former employees of the inspector general’s office charge that Krongard slow-walked or obstructed several investigations into state department conduct in Iraq, including construction problems with a new $600bn embassy in Baghdad. The justice department raised particular concerns over Krongard’s actions in the federal probe of Blackwater, calling them “inconsistent with our law enforcement interests”.

Krongard told Democrats that his brother, who served as the CIA’s no3 official until 2004, denied any role in Blackwater during a conversation in early October. Yet Democrats produced a July 26 advisory board invitation from Blackwater chief executive Erik Prince to Buzzy Krongard as well as a June email to Prince that appeared to discuss financial compensation for board members.

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2 thoughts on “Corrupt ties between US Bush administration and Blackwater

  1. Posted by: “reggie501” reggie501
    Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:32 pm (PST)
    Barry Bonds vs. Howard Korngard: And the Winner Is…

    Surely, the winner is Howard, J, Korngard, – a name barely known to
    most Americans, and someone who remains barely known, thanks to the
    corporate US media. Here’s the competition:

    A top story this week in the news: Barry Bonds was indicted on charges
    of four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice.
    Bonds stands accused of lying under oath to a grand jury about his use
    of steroids. If he is found guilty on all counts, Bonds faces up to
    fifteen years in prison.

    Barry Bonds is obviously a menace to us all. He apparently poses a
    great threat to all our lives and to the safety of the nation. Let us
    all hope that justice is done and the full force of the law is brought
    down on this dangerous criminal.

    Non story this week in the news: Howard J. Korngard, US State
    Department Inspector General lied under oath to the House Committee on
    Oversight and Government Reform It seems that federal prosecutors
    have been looking into allegations of waste, fraud, and abuse in Iraq
    by Blackwater, USA. And, surprise, surprise, Korngard was on the
    carpet for interfering with the investigation.



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