Thursday, February 25, 2010

Blackwater fallout: Senate moves to rein in military contractors

Blackwater fallout: Senate moves to rein in military contractors; The Christian Science Monitor

After several incidents of misbehavior in Afghanistan involving the military contractor Blackwater and its employees, US lawmakers are moving to provide greater oversight of an industry that, while key to American military success, may also be undermining the mission there.

Even as US forces in Afghanistan operate under orders to protect Afghan civilians, erring on the side of caution and even holding their fire rather than risk harming them while fighting Taliban insurgents, concern is mounting that civilian contractors operate under a different set of rules – or simply don't follow the rules.

“If we don’t fix the problems of oversight and make sure contractors like Blackwater play by the rules and live up to their commitments, we’ll be doing a disservice to our troops by making their already-difficult and dangerous job even more so,” said Sen. Carl Levin (D) of Michigan. Senator Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, takes up the topic at a hearing Wednesday.

: The Senate allowed this to happen from very first day a contract was signed between our government and this company. Congress, particularly the US Senate, are the real culprits.

So explain to me how these idiots like Levin are going to rein in this out of control mercenary element?

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