February 24th, 2010
09:24 AM ET

Key senator to lambast Blackwater actions

Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, plans to unleash a withering attack Wednesday on private contractors working for the company formerly known as Blackwater in Afghanistan, accusing them of flouting regulations and endangering the U.S. mission. Full story


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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    Now it appears the Pakistani internal security agency, ISI is unwilling to turn over its big fish catches of Taliban commanders and governmental officials to the CIA because of previous history of inhumane torture of prisoners by the CIA.

    Perhaps some American's here still remember what the ISI did after they 'captured' some of the people believed to have been directly connected to the horrific Mumbai, India massacure. After a few weeks in house captivity, they were either released or simply walked out of their unguarded homes and moved across town in freedom!

    Given the historical and present relationship between the Taliban and ISI, this present obstacle should come as no surprise. If all of these suspects escape or simply released by the ISI in Pakistan, that should also be NO SURPRISE either.

    I find it entirely amusing however that U.S. Gen. Stanley McChyrstal didn't get that memo and is still hawking today how Great it is that 'we' have those high level Taliban in custody. Sorry U.S. Gen. Stanley McChyrstal but you sound like you are very much OUT OF THE LOOP in regards to current events and historical REALITY.

    February 26, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. septimus severius

    this are the real terrorists

    February 26, 2010 at 4:05 am | Report abuse |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    Is this Senate tirade simply more smoke and mirrors?

    While the world is watching Marjah, is America building a secret Airbase in Yemen?

    Why, to re-fuel and arm new bunker busting bombs on American and Israeli fighter jets bound for Iran?

    Why has the US State Dept. suddenly added Saudi Arabia to its travel advisory all the way to number 2 in their list beneath Haiti?

    For the moment, Russia is holding back on its advanced medium range anti-aircraft defense SA-300 systems (5 of them) to place in Tehran, Iran. Such advanced anti-aircraft systems would make air attacks upon Iran difficult at best.

    While everyone is watching the activity's in Marjah, America has quietly moved advanced Patriot missile systems into Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar among other allies around Iran. America has also moved several Aegis guided missile destroyers off the coast of Yemen and also at the Straits of Hormuz in a defense shield position to fiend off possible missile attacks on Oil Supertankers entering and leaving the Red Sea or Persian Gulf oil terminals.

    I wonder how much longer the Russians are going to wait before delivering those SA-300 anti-aircraft systems to Iran?

    If Iran is attacked, Russia is on the hook to lose several Billion dollars in contracts with Iran over a nuclear reactor deal and the anti-aircraft missile systems. Has a side deal already been brokered with Russia for that massive loss of income which Russia definitely needs?

    February 26, 2010 at 3:58 am | Report abuse |
  4. Shapour Mofakhami

    Instate of the messy, ugly, costly and unpopular war in Afghanistan I suggest in short:
    Appoint an agency for collecting and buying directly all poppy production, which apparently are the only sours of income of the peasant in Afghanistan.
    Provide the useable part of it which required by“ chemical and pharmaceutical industries” and destroy the excess.
    Pay the prize per unit of the product just a little higher than current value in black-markets. This will attract the grower to deal with your agency directly in the future rather than smugglers and criminals. The feedback and the cost of this approach in comparison with military operation-cost “ material and human life” is an issue need to be investigated. But eventually the agency will become a controlling element for narcotic product in Afghanistan.
    The revenue of the above sales may subsidize for purchasing modern agricultural machinery and the cost for acquainting the peasant for modern farming and living in the long run. When people have money and convertible assets, business will burgeon and flourish.
    This is the way for restoration of current very bad American sentiment and declining the rebellious activity in Afghanistan.
    I may be very naïve in my opinion and judgment for making such suggestion, but for sure, military supremacy cannot and will not be successful in the long run.

    February 25, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. A. Smith, Oregon

    This article didn't even mention the recent foobar where CIA Xe contractors diverted 100's of weapons meant for the Afghanistan police for themselves! In typical CIA fashion, Xe used a pseudo-name from the comedy show 'South Park' to sign for all of the weapons! Nothing new and probably just a yawn for US Senators on the Judicial Oversight committee's.

    What is alarming about all of this 'above the law' Xe Contractors abuses is that when the ACORN was falsely accused of a slight infraction, Congress and the US Senate passed resolutions laws, bills and severe pressure on ACORN in their feeble attempts to severely bash and dash that entire organization.

    Given the clearly illegal killing in Iraq where many Iraqi civilians were gunned down by CIA-Xe contractors in a heavily traveled intersection, US Justice appears to be entirely unable to even prosecute them of any wrongdoing.

    February 24, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Who hired these thugs? We have a military to do combat and security missions. If we use contractors they should only be rebuilding the country not fighting a war. That is what the coalition of military forces are for.

    February 24, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |