Senate Panel Finds Lawless Blackwater Contractors

A Senate investigation has found that lax oversight of Blackwater contractors contributed to the death of two Afghan civilians and fed anti-Western sentiment.

Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, will convene a hearing on Wednesday looking into circumstances surrounding a May 2009 shooting that killed two Afghans and injured a third.

Levin says the Army turned a blind eye when a Blackwater subsidiary known as Paravant hired violent drug users to help train the Afghan army and declared "sidearms for everyone" even though employees weren't authorized to carry weapons.

The senator said he wants to determine who should be held accountable for the gaps in oversight that led to the 2009 shooting and what should happen to prevent future incidents.

Blackwater, now known as XE, is based in Currituck County.

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  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 at 08:39 PM
    I never asked you to bow to the military or even hinted at that. I just said show them the respect that they deserve. I already see that you have neveer fought for something that you believe in. Why do you even come on here to post? you think everyone in the military is a brainwashed killer? You know Iran donesnt believe our fallen are heroes either, how about you take a trip over there and then see what you think about us.
  • by The Voice on Feb 26, 2010 at 05:22 PM
    AMD, your brainwashed, arrogant mind will someday realize that not everyone bows to you and your military. I have never, and will never bow to our so-called "heroes". At least I am not a govenment sanctioned merecenary.
  • by Anonymous Military Dude on Feb 25, 2010 at 11:34 AM
    The Voice, just makes my opinion worthless and yours not? It is because of the men and women in uniform that you are able to have an opinion. I do look in the mirror erveryday when I put on my uniform everymorning to protect the very freedoms that people like you take for granted everyday.
  • by The Voice on Feb 25, 2010 at 05:24 AM
    AMD, I'd look in the mirror bevore you start hurling your worthless opinions.
  • by Anonymous Military Dude on Feb 24, 2010 at 05:56 AM
    This is not a war? Are you kidding me? They were the ones who attacked us. Are just supposed to sit back and let them do it over and over? Those "Heroes" volunteered to fight and defend the freedoms and rights of American citizens. They were not drafted, they believe in what they are fighting for. For you to call them so-called heroes in an insult to everyone that wears the uniform or has worn the uniform. Paying the ultimate sacrifice for your country for a cause you beleive in is not dying for nothing. You are a disgrace to this country for even saying something like that.
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on Feb 24, 2010 at 05:17 AM
    The Voice, There will likely never be another war like WWI or WWII. Those war's presented unique challenges in itself. My Grandfather was a WWII Vet, a decorated army soilder. Times are different, wars are different, and fighting tactics are different. And no they are not so-called heroes, they are heroes. You can thank a soilder for your right to spew ignornace on a public forum. As the saying goes, If you can read, thank a teacher. If you can read this in english, thank a soilder! Do I agree with being in Iraq? Certainly not.. I think we should have nuked the entire country and been done with it. Do I respect the fact that young men and women are going over there and fighting? Absolutely, they have 100% respect from me. If you have never served in the military or anything for that matter, you probably won't have any idea what it is like. It is easy to sit on WITN and armchair quaterback when you have never played a game of football.
  • by The Voice on Feb 24, 2010 at 04:56 AM
    That's right, Neal. More american imperalism and agrression. "Our boys"? This is NOT WWII. This not a "war". It is nothing. And that's what your so-called "heroes" are dying for. Nothing.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Feb 23, 2010 at 07:17 PM
    Would you expect anything different out of that bunch of left wing loonie birds that is supposedly a Senate?Anyone sent into a combat zone should be allowed a sidearm and if someone disagrees, tell them to shove it and go home.
  • by voter Location: nc on Feb 23, 2010 at 06:41 PM
    hey ,,levin; why don't you go out into the field and show them how it should be done? and take lavon with you.
  • by Neal Shlonson Location: Kinston on Feb 23, 2010 at 06:37 PM
    2 Afghans. Meanwhile, we are losing 2-3 soldiers there every day. Blackwater's only fault is that they didn't kill 20,000 of those terrorists. This liberal Senate needs to shut up and let our boys fight the war, to win the war. Not crybabying over some dead terrorist. Let our boys open up, that's what guns and the Army is for. At least it used to be. Now, thanks to libs and women, it's for building soccer fields. Or opium dens.

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