It seems like this government lacks the part of the brain which says “hey, don’t allow the criminals to control the investigation” (see Alberto Gonzales, Dick Cheney, and Howard J. Krongard).
From The New York Daily News:
Blackwater to guard FBI team probing it
BY JAMES GORDON MEEK
DAILY NEWS WASHINGTON BUREAU
Wednesday, October 3rd 2007, 4:00 AM
WASHINGTON – When a team of FBI agents lands in Baghdad this week to probe Blackwater security contractors for murder, it will be protected by bodyguards from the very same firm, the Daily News has learned.
Half a dozen FBI criminal investigators based in Washington are scheduled to travel to Iraq to gather evidence and interview witnesses about a Sept. 16 shooting spree that left at least 11 Iraqi civilians dead.http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gif
The agents plan to interview witnesses within the relative safety of the fortified Green Zone, but they will be transported outside the compound by Blackwater armored convoys, a source briefed on the FBI mission said.
“What happens when the FBI team decides to go visit the crime scene? Blackwater is going to have to take them there,” the senior U.S. official told The News.
An FBI spokesman declined to comment on security measures taken by agents in Iraq.
“It makes absolutely no sense that the FBI will be protected by the very people they are investigating,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan). “But given how the administration runs this war, it’s hardly surprising.”
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