This isn’t an idle concern or a typical bureaucratic tussle. The State Department has hired private security for its diplomats in war zones for the better part of a decade. Poor control of them caused one of the biggest debacles of the Iraq war: the September 2007 shooting incident in Nisour Square, where Blackwater guards killed 17 Iraqi civilians. Now roughly double those guards from the forces on duty now, and you’ll understand the scope of what State is planning once the U.S. military withdraws from Iraq at the end of this year.
After all the media attention that Xe aka Blackwater has received for their transgressions, you would think that State would want to do things by the book. Yet they are keeping their Inspector General for reconstruction in the dark. Why? There are 5,500 private contractors in Iraq right now and you’re telling me that there is no oversight? They want to keep the whole thing secret?