2010年3月10日水曜日

米政府 Blackwater契約継続

米政府は、元Blackwaterと契約継続するようだ。
米政府は、元Blackwaterとアフガニスタン警察の訓練プログラムで、
10億ドルの契約をする予定だったが、議員の書簡により、軍事委員会が
米国防長官に調査を依頼し、実行するようだ。

書簡の指摘事項
・別名会社で契約する可能性がある。
 PARAVANT社は、レイセオン子会社で、ペーパーカンパニー、
 実態は、Blackwater。
 PARAVANTは、訓練の際、教官が不足しているため、Blackwaterの
 助けを借りているようだ。
・貸与された武器を悪用する可能性がある。
・承認無しに武器を転売、窃盗、濫用する可能性がある。

イラク政府から、250人が強制帰国命令が出され、
パキスタンでも、極秘任務遂行中らしい(バカゲーツは認めた後、否定)。
アフガニスタンでは何をするのだろうか。

「(韓国軍隊に)入隊して人間が腐った」と報道されたことがあったが、
ベトナム戦争以来、米退役軍人の精神状態は平常に戻ることができない人
も多く、戦場しか勤務できない人のためのBlackwaterと言う解釈もある
ようだ。

米政府とBlackwaterの関係は怪し過ぎ。
報道されるのは、ほんの一部で、実態はもっとすごいのでは、想像する。

旧ブラックウォーター 任務遂行中
オバマ関係者 CIA暗殺委託暴露か
公的殺人集団 イラク内限定で契約失効


BLACKWATER SOLDIER THUGS MURDER 17 UNARMED CIVILIANS AND CHILDREN AT NISOUR SQ. IRAQ 2007 1 / 3


BLACKWATER SOLDIER THUGS MURDER 17 UNARMED CIVILIANS AND CHILDREN AT NISOUR SQ, IRAQ, 2007 2 / 3


BLACKWATER SOLDIER THUGS MURDER 17 UNARMED CIVILIANS INCLUDING CHILDREN AT NISOUR SQ IRAQ 2007 3 / 3


---Pentagon concerned over Blackwater's work in Afghanistan---
AFP 20100306
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i35MXhup3wvFV6fR1BgkV0WSpn5Q

WASHINGTON - US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is concerned about possible misconduct in Afghanistan by the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater and has promised to review the issue, the Pentagon said.

Gates made the pledge to lawmakers after receiving a letter from Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, who urged the defense secretary to reconsider awarding a possible one billion dollar contract to the firm, now known as Xe, due to allegations of wrongdoing.

"He is looking into it and he takes it seriously," press secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters Friday.

Gates has told the senator that "he shares his (Levin's) concerns," Morrell said.

The letter dated February 25 and released publicly on Thursday notes that the Defense Department is reportedly preparing to give a contract to Xe for "highly sensitive work" to train Afghan national police, despite its controversial record in Iraq and amid fresh allegations of misconduct.

The letter cites a recent Senate hearing on a contract given to a Blackwater affiliate to provide weapons training in Afghanistan.

Levin's committee heard evidence that alleged that Blackwater may have used a front company for the contract, lied to Pentagon officials in its proposal documents, "misappropriated" government weapons, carried weapons without approval and hired staff with serious criminal records including larceny and substance abuse.

Blackwater's conduct may have "contributed to a shooting incident that has undermined our mission in Afghanistan," it added.

Levin has also written a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder in light of accusations that the firm gave false statements to the Justice Department.

While acknowledging concerns about Blackwater's conduct, Morrell said there were strict legal standards that applied to government contracts and that a company could not be excluded without adhering to the criteria.

He added that the firm had "technical expertise" that had to be taken into account for tasks that few companies were ready to take on.

"Like it or not, Blackwater has technical expertise that very few companies do have. And they have a willingness to work in places that very few companies are willing to work," he said.

Some Democratic lawmakers have called for banning the federal government and the US military from using subcontractors in combat zones, namely in Iraq and Afghanistan, where tens of thousands of troops are deployed.

The secretive Blackwater was thrown into the spotlight after five of its guards were accused of killing 14 unarmed Iraqis in a gun and grenade attack, and wounding 18 others during a September 2007 incident at the busy Nisur Square in Baghdad.

Earlier this month, Iraq expelled 250 former employees of the security firm.

The North Carolina-based firm lost its contract to provide security for US embassy diplomats in Baghdad in May 2009 after Iraqis and others repeatedly accused it of adopting a cowboy mentality to duties in the country.


---Gates concerned about Blackwater's conduct: Pentagon---
Adam Entous and Phil Stewart
WASHINGTON
Fri Mar 5, 2010 5:35pm EST
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6244GB20100305?type=politicsNews

(Reuters) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates will review allegations of misconduct in Afghanistan by the company formerly known as Blackwater and shares concerns raised by a top senator, the Pentagon said on Friday.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin had made a personal appeal to Gates last week for the Pentagon to consider blocking a potential $1 billion contract with Blackwater, which has changed its name to Xe, to train Afghan police.

Levin cited what he called evidence of misconduct in a previous subcontract awarded to a Blackwater affiliate to conduct weapons training for the Afghan National Army.

"He is looking into it and he takes it seriously," Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said of Gates. "He shares (Levin's) concerns," Morrell told reporters.

But Morrell played down the chances of any swift action to bar Blackwater from contracts, citing Pentagon rules and the company's unique capabilities.

"You can't willy-nilly choose not to do business with a company. ... There are strict criteria for pursuing debarment. They are afforded due process. They are afforded legal standards," Morrell said.

"Like it or not, Blackwater has technical expertise that very few companies do have. And they have a willingness to work in places that very few companies are willing to work. So they provide a much-needed service and the ability to do it well."

In a letter to Gates dated February 25 and released publicly on Thursday, Levin, a Democrat, said Blackwater may have used a front company for the contract, made false official statements and misled Defense Department officials in its proposal documents.

There was also evidence Blackwater may have misappropriated government weapons, carried weapons without authorization and hired unqualified personnel with backgrounds that included assault and battery, as well as drug and alcohol abuse, Levin said.

Xe was not immediately available for comment on Friday.

Levin said the Pentagon should consider Blackwater's past "deficiencies" in deciding whether to award the new contract worth as much as $1 billion to the company to provide Afghan national police training.

Training the country's police force as well as the military is seen as key for U.S. forces to begin leaving Afghanistan from a target date of mid-2011.

U.S. government contracts with Blackwater and its replacement firms have come under increasing scrutiny, especially following a 2007 shooting in Iraq by Blackwater security guards in which 14 civilians were killed.

A U.S. court last December threw out manslaughter charges against the Blackwater guards involved in that incident, a decision that outraged Iraq's government.

In January, two U.S. security contractors working for Paravant LLC, a unit of Xe, which was previously known as Blackwater Worldwide, were arrested in Afghanistan on charges they murdered two Afghans in Kabul and wounded a third.

(Editing by Vicki Allen)


---Senator Asks Justice Department to Look Into Blackwater Work for Raytheon---
MARCH 4, 2010, 6:38 P.M. ET
By AUGUST COLE
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704187204575101461695278910.html?mod=WSJ_WSJ_US_News_5

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee has asked the Justice Department to look into Raytheon Co.'s use of a Blackwater Worldwide affiliate on a contract in Afghanistan.

The letter from Sen. Carl Levin, (D., Mich.) to Attorney General Eric Holder was sent last week and disclosed by the committee on Thursday.

In the Feb. 25 letter, Mr. Levin asked Mr. Holder to "initiate an inquiry into whether individuals with the companies Xe Services LLC (formerly Blackwater) and Raytheon Company made false or misleading statements in their submission of a contract proposal to the U.S. Army."

A Justice Department spokesman said the agency is reviewing the letter.

At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing last week on the contract, an Army contracting official said that he didn't know that the affiliate company, called Paravant, was a Blackwater shell company specifically created for the contract.

Committee investigators have been closely examining private security companies, and have focused on Raytheon's use of Paravant. In 2008, Raytheon hired Paravant to provide U.S. trainers for Afghan forces for an approximately $25 million subcontract. Raytheon has an extensive training business but lacked specialists for these tasks.

A Raytheon spokesman said the company had found no evidence to support Xe's assertion that the Paravant name was created to mask Blackwater's role on the contract. The company said it "will fully cooperate with any Justice Department inquiry into this matter."

In January, the Justice Department indicted two former Paravant trainers from the contract for their alleged role in a shooting incident in Kabul following a traffic accident. Two Afghan civilians were killed and a third was injured. The men have said they acted in self defense.

A 2008 Paravant contract proposal detailed expertise that matched that of Blackwater, since Paravant had only recently been set up. It cited an "expansive" training facility in North Carolina, which referred to Blackwater's home base, and the training of "over 30 000 military and law enforcement personnel from the U.S. and foreign nations" in 2007.

In early 2009, Blackwater's parent company changed its own name to Xe Services LLC and the Blackwater operations are now called U.S. Training Center.

In a statement, Xe said that the Army knew that Paravant was affiliated with Blackwater and that contract documentation, as well as emails and a visit to Blackwater's headquarters in North Carolina, indicated there was a relationship.

Mr. Levin has also sent a letter to Defense Secretary Robert Gates asking the Pentagon provide additional scrutiny of Xe's bid for Afghan forces training contracts worth up to $1 billion. The contract would be a crucial win for Xe, after Iraq last year effectively barred the firm from providing guards to protect State Department officials there, work worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year.

Xe, in its statement, said it welcomed any additional scrutiny by the Defense Department.


---Would Blackwater Lie?---
David Isenberg
Author, Shadow Force: Private Security Contractors in Iraq
Posted: March 4, 2010 03:51 PM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-isenberg/would-blackwater-lie_b_486247.html

The title is not an attempt at facetiousness. It is a genuinely serious question. The reason I ask is that Politico's Laura Rozen has just published a story about Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) today releasing letters he wrote to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Attorney General Eric Holder on Feb. 25 regarding the committee's investigation of a Blackwater "shell" company in Afghanistan, Paravant, which conducted training for the Afghan National Army.

In his letter to Holder, Levin asked him to "initiate an inquiry into whether individuals from Blackwater and Raytheon made false or misleading statements in their submission of the 'Paravant' contract proposal to the U.S. government."

Levin noted that the committee's investigation found that Blackwater-Paravant had made false statements to get the Afghan National Army training contract, including in creating a shell company, Paravant, fully owned by Blackwater but not encumbered by its public relations "baggage" to bid for the contract.

"Among concerns raised by the investigation were representations made by Blackwater in its proposal for the subcontract that Paravant had 'over 2000 personnel deployed overseas supporting U.S. Government contracts' and 'many years experience in identifying and selecting top candidates for training, security, and consulting positions,'" a SASC press release accompanying the letters said.

"Those statements were false," it continued. "The investigation revealed that Paravant had never performed any services and was simply a shell company established to avoid what one former Blackwater executive called the 'baggage' associated with the Blackwater name as the company pursued government business."

The letter to Holder states:

Fred Roitz, Blackwater's Vice President for Contracts and Compliance, testified at the Committee's hearing that Blackwater had changed its name to Paravant at the request of Raytheon, the Defense Department's prime contractor. In his interview with Committee staff, then-Paravant Vice President Brian McCracken said that Paravant was created to be a "company that didn't have any Blackwater on it ... so they could go after some [government] business that Raytheon was getting ready to hand out."

The deception is troubling. In 2008, Raytheon subcontracted with Paravant to perform a $25 million Defense Department subcontract. At the time, Paravant had no employees and had not performed a single contract. But the Paravant proposal that won the company that subcontract told a very different story. The proposal represented that Paravant had "over 2,000 personnel deployed overseas," had "many years of experience," and had performed training to the government of nearly $100 million. I am enclosing a copy of the relevant pages of their proposal.

The $25 million subcontract was awarded to Blackwater just months after the State Department had said they lost "confidence in [Blackwater's] credibility and management ability." The Army contracting officer who approved the Paravant contract testified to the Committee that he was unaware that the proposal was really a Blackwater proposal in the name of Paravant. If the Army contracting officer had known he was approving a subcontract with Blackwater, perhaps he would have taken the Department of State's finding about the company's lack of credibility and management ability into account when deciding whether to approve that subcontract. That makes the deceptive representation a serious matter.

It would not take a seasoned investigator to realize the Blackwater-Paravant connection. Paravant's contract proposal lists its address as 850 Puddin Ridge Road, which is the address of Blackwater, before it changed its name to Xe.


---米が15カ国以上で極秘破壊工作 テロ掃討名目でと報道---
2008/11/10 21:13
http://www.47news.jp/CN/200811/CN2008111001000809.html

 【ワシントン10日共同】米ブッシュ政権が国際テロ組織アルカイダなどの拠点を摘発するため、2004年から現在まで極秘にシリアやパキスタンを含む15-20カ国で破壊工作を行っていたと10日付米紙ニューヨーク・タイムズが報じた。
 複数の政府高官の話として伝えたところでは、極秘命令はイラクやアフガニスタンなど戦争継続中以外の国に、当該政府の許可なく軍の特殊部隊や中央情報局(CIA)の工作員が侵入することを認める内容。当時のラムズフェルド国防長官が04年春に署名し、ブッシュ大統領も承認。現在のゲーツ国防長官にも引き継がれた。
 具体的には06年に米海軍特殊部隊がパキスタン北西部バジャウル地区の反政府武装組織の拠点とみられる場所を襲撃、作戦の様子はCIA本部に「衛星生中継」された。また先月26日にはシリアで軍とCIAの共同作戦が行われ、作戦を知ったシリア政府から抗議を受けたという。

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