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This morning Chairman Henry Waxman of the Oversight Committee wrote to Secretary Rice regarding documents obtained by the Committee that depict widespread defects in fire detection systems, fire service mains, fire sprinklers, fire-proof construction materials, and electrical wiring throughout the … Continue reading

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On Tuesday the Oversight Committee held a hearing on Blackwater, examining several incidents in Iraq involving the private security firm. One such incident involved a Blackwater employee who shot a guard of the Iraqi Vice President, apparently while drunk, and … Continue reading

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By a vote of 389-30, the House has just passed H.R. 2740, Holding Security Contractors in War Zones Overseas Accountable (MEJA Expansion and Enforcement Act). This bill is designed to ensure that all private security contractors in war zones overseas … Continue reading

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The Oversight Committee is currently holding a hearing, “Private Security Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.” The hearing will examine the mission and performance of private military contractor Blackwater USA in Iraq and Afghanistan. Erik Prince, the owner of Blackwater, testified … Continue reading

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The Oversight Committee is currently holding a hearing, “Private Security Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.” The hearing will examine the mission and performance of private military contractor Blackwater USA in Iraq and Afghanistan. Erik Prince, the owner of Blackwater, will … Continue reading

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In advance of tomorrow morning’s scheduled hearing, the Majority Staff of the Oversight Committee issued a memo to Members of the Committee (pdf) regarding additional information about Blackwater USA. Previously undisclosed information reveals (1) Blackwater has engaged in 195 “escalation … Continue reading

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On February 7, 2007, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing to on performance and accountability of private military contractors in Iraq. The hearing included the examination of one prominent case study: a pivotal event of the … Continue reading

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Today Chairman Henry Waxman of the Oversight Committee wrote to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about three extraordinary communications the Committee has received from the State Department regarding corruption within the Iraqi government, the operations of Blackwater USA, and the … Continue reading

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Oversight Committee Chairman Henry A. Waxman released the following statement this afternoon following the press accounts that Iraq had revoked the license of U.S. contractor Blackwater: “The controversy over Blackwater is an unfortunate demonstration of the perils of excessive reliance … Continue reading

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Family members of four Blackwater employees killed in Fallujah testified to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about what they view as profiteering by Blackwater USA, including the company's alleged failure to provide armored vehicles and other critical safety … Continue reading

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