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State Department Denies Holding Up Blackwater Libya Contract
BuzzFeed.com ^ | September 14, 2012 | Michael Hastings

Posted on 09/14/2012 1:51:33 PM PDT by Daffynition

The State Department is denying charges it held up a security contract to protect the U.S. Ambassador in volatile post-conflict Libya.

On an appearance last night on Piers Morgan Tonight , former Romney and United Nations spokesperson Ric Grenell said he’d been told by State Department officials that Academi “was set to go in and provide security for the Ambassador in Libya.”

“They have been waiting,” Grenell said. “They've done some preliminary evaluations, but for two months, they have been waiting while the State Department decides to get the paperwork right."

A second source with ties to Foggy Bottom confirmed the substance of Grenell's account to BuzzFeed.

But State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland issued a blanket denial this morning of the claim that State Department red tape held up a contract with the firm.

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


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; 911ii; 911iistatedept; academi; benghazi; blackwater; chrisstevens; christopherstevens; erikprince; imamobama; marxistbrotherhood; muslimbrotherhood; statedept; xe
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Deny, deny, deny
1 posted on 09/14/2012 1:51:37 PM PDT by Daffynition
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I think the State Department is in a very bad state


2 posted on 09/14/2012 1:54:11 PM PDT by molson209
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To: Daffynition
forge papers and destroy evidence of the truth
3 posted on 09/14/2012 1:54:56 PM PDT by dalebert
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BLACKWATER ?? EVIL HALLIBURTON SUBSIDIARY ??

sarc /


4 posted on 09/14/2012 1:55:03 PM PDT by Col Frank Slade
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To: Daffynition
But State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland issued a blanket denial this morning of the claim that State Department red tape held up a contract with the firm.

It was the green tape...

5 posted on 09/14/2012 1:55:47 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (ObamaCare is an assault on the unborn, infirmed and elderly. GOP, repeat this as necessary...)
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Congressman Devin Nunes interviewed on the John Batchelor Show (radio) on the evening of 13 Aug 2012 said that the Department of State refused to meet with The Select Committee on Intelligence about warnings and will not meet to discuss the current crises.

Congressman Devin Nunes is a member of The Select Committee on Intelligence

The House intelligence committee used to be "one of the meanest snake pits in Congress" but lately the members have cooperated at least -- at the same time the Obama Administration (apparently) has been telling the Committee to pound salt.

6 posted on 09/14/2012 1:56:09 PM PDT by WilliamofCarmichael (If modern America's Man on Horseback is out there, Get on the damn horse already!)
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To: molson209
Hussein blunders stacking up like cordwood. Tsk.Tsk.


7 posted on 09/14/2012 2:01:39 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.<P>)
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It was the green tape...

Or just incompetence...

I don't believe a word that comes out of the mouths of government officials these days. Not a word.

8 posted on 09/14/2012 2:04:15 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Eat Mor Chikin!)
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>**...Department of State refused to meet with The Select Committee on Intelligence about warnings and will not meet to discuss the current crises.**<

Why should the SD meet ...when this is now a dictatorship. ;(


9 posted on 09/14/2012 2:04:56 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.<P>)
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The State Dept has been holding up lots of contracts all over the world.


10 posted on 09/14/2012 2:06:32 PM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
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Had Blackwater been there, there would be scores of dead Libyans and they would be on trial for their lives.

But Stevenson would be alive.


11 posted on 09/14/2012 2:47:59 PM PDT by marron
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Had Blackwater been there, there would be scores of dead Libyans and they would be on trial for their lives.

Obviously, your parents raised a wise child. Last line of the article:

Yet for all its clear faults, Blackwater had never lost a “principal”—one of the individuals they were tasked to protect.

12 posted on 09/14/2012 3:35:33 PM PDT by AAABEST (Et lux in tenebris lucet: et tenebrae eam non comprehenderunt)
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To: CodeToad
In spite of the *warning* signs. They dragged their feet and Americans died. Unforgivable.


13 posted on 09/14/2012 4:18:25 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.<P>)
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To: CodeToad
If I was living overseas as a US provider, I'd be terrified.


14 posted on 09/14/2012 4:25:24 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.<P>)
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Obama lied people died....

I know this sounds familiar but I personally thought of it.

15 posted on 09/14/2012 4:26:40 PM PDT by DainBramage
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They are terrified. I’m on my way tonight to pickup one such operator that isn’t sticking around any longer. He says there has been zero effort to secure Americans overseas and many effort to ensure Americans are not armed or secure.


16 posted on 09/14/2012 4:27:03 PM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
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While the bodies of the murdered Americans were being unloaded today...I understand Hussein was *tweeting* for more campaign money.


17 posted on 09/14/2012 4:31:34 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.<P>)
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To: CodeToad

Whoa..

Would you mind asking him what the sense is of others he knows in the region? Are they thinking this is a temper tantrum and will settle down? Or is the beginning of something more serious?


18 posted on 09/14/2012 4:31:34 PM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: CodeToad

Decades ago, many of us in the ME had to have *go* bags at the ready. There’s not much that has changed in the stability of the region, since then.

I wish Israel would get it over with.


19 posted on 09/14/2012 4:40:39 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.<P>)
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To: SE Mom

This has been going on for months and much more so since Obama took office. I was due to head out myself by about now but things are on hold from Zero’s level. Contracts are being dragged out and support overseas is drying up. The orders from the executive level are all against American personnel; no this, no that, and definately less personal firearms for prtoection. The issued body armor is still there but other things necedssary for defense aren’t. As several people have put it, Obama seems to be saying, “So, what?!”


20 posted on 09/14/2012 4:56:22 PM PDT by CodeToad (Be Prepared...They Are.)
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