A new agreement between the Pentagon and the State Department gives the military in Iraq more control over North Carolina-based Blackwater Worldwide and other private security firms.
The agreement was signed yesterday by Deputy Defense Secretary
Gordon England and Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte,
whose department uses Moyock-based Blackwater to guard diplomats.
It spells out rules, standards and guidelines for using private security guards. Contractors will be accountable for criminal acts under U.S. law.
The move follows Iraqi outrage over a September 16th shooting in
which 17 Iraq civilians were killed in a Baghdad square. Blackwater
said its guards were protecting diplomats under attack before they
opened fire, but Iraqi investigators concluded the shooting was