Originally Posted by Gon
This makes sense on a conceptual level because Blackwater is in addition to their concrete duties doing PR of sorts on behalf of their customer, the military.
First of all, their "customers" aren't the military, it's their stockholders. Blackwater is a business. Their purpose is to make a profit. They do so by offering a service. Like any business, the first loyalty of the management and owners (stockholders) is to the company, not to the company's clients, which in this case are agencies within the U.S. government. Of course, Blackwater knows that their bottom line depends on serving the needs of their customers, but that's different in a not-so-subtle way to the loyalties that the members of our Armed Forces have towards our country.
And the U.S. government's response?Blackwater Inquiry Blocked by State Dept., Official Says
The Democratic chairman of a House committee complained Tuesday that the State Department was blocking his panels efforts to investigate the private security firm Blackwater USA and its operations in Iraq.
The department described the situation as a misunderstanding.
In a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Rep. Henry A. Waxman of California, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, wrote that the State Department had prevented Blackwater from cooperating.
Blackwater has informed the committee that a State Department official directed Blackwater not to provide documents relevant to the committees investigation into the companys activities in Iraq without the prior written approval of the State Department, Mr. Waxmans letter stated. The letter was made available to the news media on Tuesday.
As stated in the Constitution, the Congress has the power of oversight and should be held responsible for investigating situations such as this. The fact Congress is being prevented from doing so by the Executive branch is denying the very thing that the supporters of the Iraq war are so intent on instituting in Iraq: DEMOCRACY
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