Lawless Blackwater is only a microcosm of W's regime!
Just see how this atrocity against innocent Iraqis has been spun into nothingness in just 6 days.
2 independent sources in different countries on Sep. 18, 2007 indicate that Blackwater was getting jettisoned.
The Jerusalem Post article "Iraq expels US gov't owned security firm in wake of killings" at
states "The Iraqi government announced it was ordering Blackwater USA, the security firm that protects US diplomats, to leave the country after what it said was the
fatal shooting of eight Iraqi civilians following a car bomb attack against a State Department convoy.
The order Monday by the Interior Ministry, if carried out, would deal a severe blow to US government operations in Iraq by stripping diplomats, engineers, reconstruction officials and others of their security protection.
The presence of so many visible, aggressive Western security contractors has angered many Iraqis, who consider them a mercenary force that runs roughshod over people in their own country.
Sunday's shooting was the latest in a series of incidents in which Blackwater and other foreign contractors have been accused of shooting to death Iraqi citizens. None have faced charges or prosecution."
The Australian article "Iraq expels US security firm" at
adds "Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice telephoned Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki late Monday and the two agreed to conduct a "fair and transparent investigation" and hold any wrongdoers accountable, said Yassin Majid, an adviser to the prime minister. Rice was expected to visit the Mideast on Tuesday.
Deputy State Department spokesman Tom Casey saidRice "told the prime minister that we were investigating this incident and wanted to gain a full understanding of what happened."
"She reiterated that the United States does everything it can to avoid such loss of life, in contrast to the enemies of the Iraqi people who deliberately target civilians," Casey said.
Majid made no mention of the order to expel Blackwater, and it was unlikely the United States would agree to abandon a security company that plays such a critical role in American operations in Iraq....
Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul-Karim Khalaf said eight civilians were killed and 13 were wounded when contractors believed to be working for Blackwater USA opened fire on civilians in the predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Mansour in western Baghdad.
"We have canceled the license of Blackwater and prevented them from working all over Iraqi territory. We will also refer those involved to Iraqi judicial authorities," Khalaf said....
American officials refused to explain the legal authority under which Blackwater operates in Iraq or say whether the company was complying with the order. It also was unclear whether the contractors involved in the shooting were still in Iraq.
Both of those Sep. 18, 2007 articles contain "Iraq expels US security firm" as their headings. Why by Sep. 24, 2007 is that expel part gone?
The article "Iraq says no Blackwater move until after inquiry" at
states "Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had vowed to freeze the work of Blackwater, which guards the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, and prosecute its staff over the shooting eight days ago which he called a crime. But Iraq has since
appeared to soften its stand.