Dick Cheney’s Blackwater threatened to kill a federal investigator in Iraq looking into a massacre of civilians Blackwater had carried out.
Not only was Dick Cheney’s Blackwater not fined or punished for threatening to kill a State Department official or for the civilian massacre, they were awarded over 200 million dollar contracts.
The bombshell report appears today in The New York Times.
WASHINGTON — Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor’s operations in Iraq. But the inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater’s top manager there issued a threat: “that he could kill” the government’s chief investigator and “no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq,” according to department reports.
American Embassy officials in Baghdad sided with Blackwater rather than the State Department investigators as a dispute over the probe escalated in August 2007, the previously undisclosed documents show. The officials told the investigators that they had disrupted the embassy’s relationship with the security contractor and ordered them to leave the country, according to the reports.