Scahill on the Blackwater Rent-an-Assassin Service

As expected, Jeremy Scahill has a piece up on the revelation that CIA was using Blackwater as a Rent-an-Assassin service. He corrects the silence about the role of Buzzy Krongard in both the NYT and WaPo pieces on this.

In a 2006 interview for my book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, Krongard said that the company was hired to provide security for the CIA in Afghanistan. "Blackwater got a contract because they were the first people that could get people on the ground," Krongard said. "The only concern we had was getting the best security for our people. If we thought Martians could provide it, I guess we would have gone after them."

The relationship between Krongard and Prince apparently got chummier after the contract was signed. One former Blackwater executive said in 2006, "Krongard came down and visited Blackwater [at company headquarters in North Carolina], and I had to take his kids around and let them shoot on the firing range a number of times." That visit took place after the CIA contract was signed, according to the former executive, and Krongard "may have come down just to see the company that he had just hired."

And he lists a number of other CIA guys who went on to work for Blackwater. (Sort of makes you wonder how many of those people were used as sources for Finder’s propaganda piece yesterday, since a number of them would qualify as "very senior, recently retired CIA officials, clandestine-service officers.")

Scahill’s most important point (one he made with the help of an interview with Jan Schakowsky, who is in charge of this investigation) was that this program–and Cheney’s secrecy about it–meant Blackwater was a more integral part in crafting the Bush era counter-terrorism strategy than Congress.

"What we know now, if this is true, is that Blackwater was part of the highest level, the innermost circle strategizing and exercising strategy within the Bush administration," Schakowsky told The Nation. "Erik Prince operated at the highest and most secret level of the government. Clearly Prince was more trusted than the US Congress because Vice President Cheney made the decision not to brief Congress. This shows that there was absolutely no space whatsoever between the Bush administration and Blackwater." 

Yeah, I can see why that would piss off Congress.

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

84 Responses to Scahill on the Blackwater Rent-an-Assassin Service

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28
  • 29
  • 30
  • 31
  • 32
  • 33
  • 34
  • 35
  • 36
  • 37
  • 38
  • 39
  • 40
  • 41
  • 42
  • 43
  • 44
  • 45
  • 46
  • 47
  • 48
  • 49
  • 50
  • 51
  • 52
  • 53
  • 54
  • 55
  • 56
  • 57
  • 58
  • 59
  • 60
  • 61
  • 62
  • 63
  • 64
  • 65
  • 66
  • 67
  • 68
  • 69
  • 70
  • 71
  • 72
  • 73
  • 74
  • 75
  • 76
  • 77
  • 78
  • 79
  • 80
  • 81
  • 82
  • 83
  • 84
Emptywheel Twitterverse
bmaz @walterwkatz @nytimes What NYT piece, did I miss something?
2mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @sluggahjells Perfect pumpkin pie--he's got a much better chef now.
3mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @LegallyErin You should be thankful that you have Jay Cutler under contract for the rest of the decade! Or, mebbe not....
24mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @LegallyErin: BEARS. You useless shitmongers!
25mreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @charlie_savage This year, anyway. Yes, I'm thankful for Da Bears at home.
42mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @LegallyErin: Here are my Three Phases as to the Bears: 1) Sure they will suck; 2) they suck; and 3) satisfied I was right to believe th…
43mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @MasaccioFDL And he is not tradable. Yikes!
50mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Aaaand Jay Cutler finishes up the game in his own style...by throwing an interception in the end zone.
58mreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @johnson_carrie @nprnews I am thankful for the Green Bay Packers. Cause without them, we'd see too much of @emptywheel's Lions in January.
1hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @charlie_savage No no no no. That WOULD be cruel. 3 weeks ago the Kitties were a fearsome D.
1hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @charlie_savage That was VERY early in the game when it didn't look like it. I'm thankful they finally made it in fr the suburbs.
2hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel I'm thankful the Squawks were stupid enough to let Golden Tate go.
2hreplyretweetfavorite