This video says about itself:
Iraq For Sale – 1:15:34
Robert Greenwald‘s film about corporate corruption in Iraq, including Blackwater, Caci, Halliburton. Film examines vested interests in the connections between these companies and politicians. Produced for Brave New Films.
From the Wall Street Journal in the USA: (known, already before its takeover by arch-warmonger Rupert Murdoch, as the “War Street Journal“; so, my Rightist readers, don’t start any “liberal media” nonsensical moaning):
JUNE 16, 2009
Audit Finds That U.S. Overpaid Blackwater
By YOCHI J. DREAZEN
WASHINGTON — A government audit found that the State Department overpaid the contract-security firm once known as Blackwater Worldwide by tens of millions of dollars because the company failed to properly staff its teams in Iraq.
The report didn’t identify any specific security breaches, but it said the State Department should have withheld at least $55 million in payments to the company because of the shortfalls.
The audit by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction and the State Department’s Inspector General said the firm didn’t employ enough guards, medics, marksmen and dog handlers to fully man the teams, which were responsible for protecting the U.S. ambassador to Iraq and other high-level officials.
The failure to consistently field the right numbers of guards endangered the U.S. officials whom the company was being paid to protect, the report concluded.
“We believe the full manning of protective details is important to the safety of the principal being protected, as well as to the members of the protective details,” the audit noted. “Insufficient manning exposed the department to unnecessary risk.”
The audit also found that Blackwater, which this year changed its name to Xe, sometimes overcharged for airfare to and from Iraq and failed to properly account for some equipment received from the U.S. government. …
The audit is the latest report to raise questions about Blackwater, which was for years the best known Western contractor in Iraq. Under the new name, Xe, the company is seeking new contracts worth tens of millions of dollars in Afghanistan for services ranging from training Afghan personnel to flying cargo for the U.S. military.
Blackwater wound down its Iraq operations earlier this year, after the Iraqi government refused to renew its operating license because of a 2007 shooting incident involving one of its security teams in which 17 Iraqis died. In December, U.S. prosecutors charged five former Blackwater guards with manslaughter and weapons charges for their alleged roles in the incident. Families of several of the dead Iraqis have also sued Blackwater in federal court seeking financial compensation.
The company also faces civil and criminal scrutiny stemming from the alleged killing of an Iraqi guard by a Blackwater employee inside Baghdad’s heavily protected Green Zone on Christmas Eve 2006.
Blackwater Seeks Gag Order: here.
Furious protests threaten to undermine the Iraqi government’s controversial plan to give international oil companies a stake in its giant oilfields in a desperate effort to raise declining oil production and revenues: here.