Blackwater Worldwide, the private contractors and mercenaries which the U.S. government continues to pay in order to perpetrate perpetual war for perpetual peace, is again under fire, this time for an incident that happened in May, 2005 — nearly three full years ago. Makes you wonder, how many more problem incidents have Blackwater contractors been involved in, which simply haven’t come to light yet?
At least this time it’s not as bad as opening fire on a crowd of Iraqis, or being drunk and murdering someone on the way home from a Christmas party. No, this time it’s an incident involving the use of CS gas (free registration required), a substance forbidden even to the actual military in all but the rarest of circumstances. Note: The gas was deployed at or near a checkpoint manned by U.S. soldiers. Blackwater’s backpedaling suggets that CS gas was used on accident, instead of tear gas. But reports about the incident indicate at least two sources of the discharge: a helicopter, and an armored vehicle. The likelihood of both operators making the same unlikely mistake at the same time in the same place is extremely implausible.
You run into this issue time and again with Blackwater, where the rules that apply to the U.S. military don’t seem to apply to Blackwater…
Officials at the State Department, which contracted with Blackwater to provide diplomatic security, also could not confirm that an investigation had taken place.