Congress Refuses to Defund Muderous Blackwater

Sunday, September 27, 2009

From Raw Story:

Congressional lawmakers wasted no time taking swift action to defund the community activist group ACORN but, Congress is incapable of acting as decisively when it comes to defunding Blackwater.

According to military-affairs reporter Jeremy Scahill, a writer for The Nation and who broke the story that Erik Prince, CEO of Blackwater, had been implicated in least one murder, told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow how ACORN received “pennies” compared to military contractors who have been convicted of crimes but continue to receive hundreds of millions of dollars from US taxpayers.

Scahill suggested that it’s relatively easy to go after a grassroots community group like ACORN, while pursuing much worse allegations against defense contractors requires actual courage.

“This is political, this isn’t really about upholding the law,” Scahill said on the Rachel Maddow Show. “On the one hand, you have an organization that registered 1.3 million people to vote, 400,000 members, works with the poor and working class people of this nation, and they don’t have lobbying power in the form of massive campaign contributions.

“On the other side, you have 600 war corporations on the government payroll,” Scahill continued. “You want to know an actual election scandal? Twenty-five to 40 cents of every dollar spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — $2.5 billion a week — that money goes directly to war corporations who in turn contribute campaign dollars to the Republicans and Democrats.”

Earlier in the program, Maddow had listed a litany of criminal accusations against Blackwater which included murder allegations.

“Not only have these contractors [Blackwater] not been defunded by outraged members of Congress, they all continue to get spectacularly lucrative government contracts even after all these things have been exposed,” Maddow told viewers.

It is curious how each night, FOX News personalities Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity use their television programs to exhibit faux outrage at ACORN but their outrage doesn’t include a tax payer-funded, government contractor, accused of murder and hired by the former Bush administration to provide security in Iraq?

If Congress can take action to defund ACORN then surely, it is within the scope of their abilities to stop funding Blackwater. Perhaps all Congress is waiting for is permission from Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity?

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13 Responses to Congress Refuses to Defund Muderous Blackwater

  1. feminazi says:

    Am I miss-remembering but, isn’t a member of the Bush clan married to a Blackwater ghoul? I seem to recall there is some sort of relationship that ties Erik Prince to the Bush dynasty. This could be one of the reasons Congress won’t deny them funds. I don’t for a minute think it has anything to do with troop security.

  2. this is a nation that LOVES war – and thinks war is just one big john wayne movie – we all know that afghanistan is unwinnable (then again there is no definition of win) –

    and we are also a nation that has to have an enemy – and blackwater comes is handy to keep that enemy alive —-

    but when it comes to our own people – you are on your own.

  3. Ben Hoffman says:

    The only thing I can figure (besides the campaign contributions) is that our military is still shorthanded and if we eliminate the mercenaries, we don’t have any replacement for them.

  4. TOM339 says:

    Of course, will we ever really know what war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed by the thugs at Blackwater until there’s a full Congressional investigation?

    I think not.

    But to think my tax dollars are still going to them pisses me off royally.

  5. McDaddy says:

    Good post,
    This is really a shame. I can’t think of any better illustration of our misguided adventure in Iraq and how it was used for profit than the situation with Blackwater.

    Blackwater got these lucrative contracts without competing for them…We don’t have to eliminate all contractors. Unfortunately, they are needed. But we definitely need to get rid of Blackwater.

  6. libhomo says:

    The corruption in congress and the rightist bias of the corporate media seem limitless.

    Ben Hoffman: If we got out of Iraq, which is an illegal war under US and international law, we wouldn’t need any of these mercenaries.

  7. Peace Nick says:

    The Republican’ts and the Blue Dicks keep whining about how much money national healthcare will cost the American tax payer.

    But, where are there voices when Bush and Cheney ran this country into the ground with tax cuts for the rich and the Iraq war? Crickets — not a peep.

    So I am not surprised Blackwater keeps getting funded.

  8. bradfrmphnx says:

    Obama was eager to shut down GITMO, but he neglected his promises on the wars. Or, I should say he “frequently changed” his promises on Iraq, and Afghanistan. As this toothache is brought out into the light, it will hopefully go the way of the investigations into torture and murder which our elected officials sanctioned. And those investigations are going where?

  9. JollyRoger says:

    You guys are too harsh. Trigger happy steroid junkies, meth heads, and pedophiles have to work somewhere, don’t they?

  10. lea-lea says:

    I hate admitting it but you may have hit the nail on the head, Christopher.

    After all, Glenn Beck was successful with his campaign to get Van Jones terminated. I still don’t understand what Jones did other than call Republicans assholes.

    Maybe the Obama White House is too sensitive to the opinions at FAUX News? If they are, then this is really embarrassing.

  11. DMason says:

    If you had told me a year ago that President Obama would be taking his cues from any of the pinheads at FIXED Noise, I would’ve said you whack. But sadly, it looks like to some extent this is exactly what is taking place.

  12. This is the kind of stuff that pisses me off. And we all know ACORN is now the substitute term for the n-word. Did you see that tea bagger at DC chasing those Gasden flag peddlers away from the protest? It’s on Gawker.com. I think it was posted Friday or yesterday.

  13. Hanlon says:

    It’s almost funny like that. ACORN and Blackwater/Gitmo are kinda opposites of one another.

    ACORN the perp (who was acting in dissonance with orders) got fired and whole organization was demonized. Xe/Guantanamo, the perp was acting as ordered, got fired, but the higher-ups got nothing beyond a little bad press.

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