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Blackwater Took Hundreds of Guns From U.S. Military, Afghan Police
The Washington Independent ^ | ScottMerge

Posted on 02/23/2010 7:40:56 PM PST by ScottMerge

Employees of the CIA-connected private security corporation Blackwater diverted hundreds of weapons, including more than 500 AK-47 assault rifles, from a U.S. weapons bunker in Afghanistan intended to equip Afghan policemen, according to an investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee. On at least one occasion, an individual claiming to work for the company evidently signed for a weapons shipment using the name of a “South Park” cartoon character. And Blackwater has yet to return hundreds of the guns to the military.

A Blackwater subsidiary known as Paravant that until recently operated in Afghanistan acquired the weapons for its employees’ “personal use,” according to committee staffers, as did other non-Paravant employees of Blackwater. Yet contractors in Afghanistan are not permitted to operate weapons without explicit permission from U.S. Central Command, something Blackwater never obtained. A November 2008 email from a Paravant vice president named Brian McCracken, obtained by the committee, nevertheless reads: “We have not received formal permission from the Army to carry weapons yet but I will take my chances.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonindependent.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 200811; afghanistan; afghanpolice; blackwater; civiliancontractors; southpark; war; xe

1 posted on 02/23/2010 7:40:57 PM PST by ScottMerge
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To: ScottMerge

Am I the only guy who knows who Milo Minderbinder is?


2 posted on 02/23/2010 7:43:54 PM PST by stormer
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To: ScottMerge

Eric Cartman?


3 posted on 02/23/2010 7:44:06 PM PST by rawcatslyentist (Jeremiah 50:31 Behold, I am against you," O " you most proud, said the said the Lord GOD of hosts)
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To: ScottMerge

I read a confidential report that Al Gore obtained about 200 of these weapons and Dennis Kucinich got about 100.


4 posted on 02/23/2010 7:45:28 PM PST by Rembrandt (.. AND the donkey you rode in on.)
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To: rawcatslyentist

Kenny?


5 posted on 02/23/2010 7:46:26 PM PST by max americana
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To: stormer

No, I read Catch 22 in high school.


6 posted on 02/23/2010 7:48:04 PM PST by Hugin (Remember the first rule of gunfighting...have a gun..-- Col. Jeff Cooper)
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To: max americana

If it was Mr. Hanky the Christmas Poo and no one caught that then there seriously is an oversight problem


7 posted on 02/23/2010 7:48:22 PM PST by ScottMerge
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To: ScottMerge
What's that, about $50K?

Who cares?

8 posted on 02/23/2010 7:48:34 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain.)
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To: rawcatslyentist

Yeah, Cartman. Who else?


9 posted on 02/23/2010 7:48:49 PM PST by Hugin (Remember the first rule of gunfighting...have a gun..-- Col. Jeff Cooper)
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To: ScottMerge

Radar o’Reilly did this all the time in Korea. What’s the big deal?


10 posted on 02/23/2010 7:49:23 PM PST by Republic of Texas (Socialism Always Fails)
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To: ScottMerge

Uncle Jimbo or Ned?


11 posted on 02/23/2010 7:50:34 PM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... WWW.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: smokingfrog

Ned Gerblansky


12 posted on 02/23/2010 7:52:06 PM PST by smokingfrog (You can't ignore your boss and expect to keep your job... WWW.filipthishouse2010.com)
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To: ScottMerge

A bunch of probably confiscated-from-bad-guys AK’s went to Blackwater operators.

So what?


13 posted on 02/23/2010 7:53:49 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius

it means that somebody doesn’t have their act together


14 posted on 02/23/2010 7:59:05 PM PST by ari-freedom (Rush:Remember to put your faith in ideas and not people. People will always, always disappoint you!)
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To: ScottMerge

Weapons signed out by: Sgt. York
Weapons signed for by: Lt. A. Murphy
Weapons deployed by: Kilroy

“Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em” takes on a whole new meaning, heheh.


15 posted on 02/23/2010 8:10:06 PM PST by RebelTex (FREEDOM IS EVERYONE'S RIGHT! AND EVERYONE'S RESPONSIBILITY!)
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To: ari-freedom

So what? What act is supposed to be together?

How many German captured weapons were misappropriated?

Who cares?


16 posted on 02/23/2010 8:17:18 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: ScottMerge

When do the trials commence? Has the prosecution shared its case with the defense yet? If the answer to either of these questions is ‘no’ then why not?


17 posted on 02/23/2010 8:43:33 PM PST by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: ScottMerge

Bwahahahaha. Afghanistan should really get a TV someday.


18 posted on 02/23/2010 8:47:37 PM PST by Karliner ("Things are more like they are now than they ever were before."DDE)
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To: ScottMerge

so, when do the court martials start for the lack of security for these weapons?


19 posted on 02/23/2010 8:55:21 PM PST by wafflehouse (RE-ELECT NO ONE !)
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To: Ramius

The weapons were meant to fight Taliban, not for any other use...


20 posted on 02/23/2010 10:00:48 PM PST by ScottMerge
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To: ScottMerge

Yah. and that’s what they were used for. So what?


21 posted on 02/23/2010 10:03:40 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: Ramius

Is ‘So What’ your catch phrase or something?

There’s no need to be partisan about this, they did something they shouldn’t have. You can’t possibly think taking guns meant for US soldiers and Afghan police under false names is a good idea


22 posted on 02/23/2010 10:42:37 PM PST by ScottMerge
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To: Karliner

ROTFLOL!


23 posted on 02/23/2010 10:47:17 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: ScottMerge

bttt


24 posted on 02/24/2010 1:29:29 AM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: ScottMerge
they did something they shouldn’t have

By whose standard?

A-stan is a hot zone. The military contracts for services, yet quite often the military are on their collective a$$ when it comes to giving the tools needed to accomplish these contracted services.

I'm no fan of BW & Co., but they did what needed to be done in order to fulfill their contract.

25 posted on 02/24/2010 2:24:10 AM PST by Sarajevo (You're jealous because the voices only talk to me.)
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To: ScottMerge; Ramius
There’s no need to be partisan about this, they did something they shouldn’t have. You can’t possibly think taking guns meant for US soldiers and Afghan police under false names is a good idea

You don't know they did it. You(and me)only have this one news item that says Blackwater did this. Since Blackwater is on the liberal's hit list, I find any article that puts them in a bad light very suspicious. Was this Blackwater as a whole or a few individuals. Did the weapons actually go missing and, if so, were the perps actually Blackwater. I see no proof in the article only allegations. Until they actually prove Blackwater, as a company, stole these weapons I will reserve judgement on them.

BTW, AK47s were never meant to be issued to US troops, we have our own weapons, usually the M4 or some squad weapon, not AKs.

26 posted on 02/24/2010 6:24:54 AM PST by calex59
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