as promised, a live video-feed
for the 10:00 a.m. e.d.t. hearing
will appear here — on the morning
of october 2, 2007 — background is
available here, here and here. [feel free
to click on, and re-post, graphic.]:
UPDATED 10.01.07 @ noon
Previously undisclosed information reveals (1) Blackwater has engaged in 195 “escalation of force” incidents since 2005, an average of 1.4 per week, including over 160 incidents in which Blackwater forces fired first; (2) after a drunken Blackwater contractor shot the guard of the Iraqi Vice President, the State Department allowed the contractor to leave Iraq and advised Blackwater on the size of the payment needed “to help them resolve this”; and (3) Blackwater, which has received over $1 billion in federal contracts since 2001, is charging the federal government over $1,200 per day for each “protective security specialist” employed by the company. . .
Blackwater Use of Force Data
|Year||Total Incidents with Shots Fired by Blackwater||Incidents in which Blackwater Fired First||Confïrmed Iraqi Casualties|
* Does NOT include at least 11
killed on 09.16.07 — blackwater
United States House
Committee on Oversight
and Government Reform
Chairman Henry A. Waxman,
Hearing on Private Security
Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan
The following witnesses are scheduled to testify:
Erik Prince, Chairman,
the Prince Group, LLC
and Blackwater USA
Ambassador David M. Satterfield,
Coordinator for Iraq
Ambassador Richard J. Griffin,
Bureau of Diplomatic Security
and Director of the Office
of Foreign Missions
William H. Moser,
Deputy Assistant Secretary
for Logistics Management
full original letter:
Mr. Erik Prince
The Prince Group
1650 Tysons Boulevard, Suite 800
Mclean, VA 22102
Dear Mr. Prince:
The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hereby requests your testimony at a hearing on Tuesday, October 2, 2007, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2154, Rayburn House Office Building.
The hearing will focus on the mission and performance of Blackwater USA and its affiliated companies in Iraq and Afghanistan. One question that will be examined is whether the govemment’s heavy reliance on private security contractors is serving U.S. interests in Iraq.
Another question will be whether the specific conduct of your company has advanced or impeded U.S. efforts.
The Committee on Oversight and Govemment Reform is the principal oversight committee in the House of Representatives and has broad oversight jurisdiction as set forth in House Rule X. Information for witnesses appearing before the Committee is contained in the enclosed Witness Information Sheet.
If you have any questions, please contact Theodore Chuang or Christopher Davis of the Committee staff at (202)225-5420.