Security Firm Blackwater Under Scrutiny
December 17, 2007 Last September, 17 Iraqis died in a controversial shooting involving the security firm Blackwater USA. Several Iraqis involved in the incident have sued in U.S. courts. They recall that day in videotaped testimonies, and their accounts differ from Blackwater's.
December 14, 2007 The Defense Authorization Bill, with a provision to tighten regulations on security contractors abroad, has reached President Bush's desk. Bush's decision on whether to sign the bill will affect companies like Blackwater Worldwide.
November 29, 2007 From the moment the Blackwater shooting scandal broke, legal experts have debated whether U.S. civilian contractors can stand trial for crimes that they are alleged to have committed in Iraq. Now the Justice Department is examining U.S. laws and how they might apply to the incident.
November 28, 2007 Some Iraqi civilians have filed a civil lawsuit against the Blackwater guards involved in a September shooting in a Baghdad traffic circle. The suit claims that Blackwater personnel were in the traffic circle against the instructions of their dispatcher, and that they had improperly taken steroids.
November 14, 2007 The State Department's top inspector on Wednesday recused himself from investigations into matters involving Blackwater Worldwide. Howard Krongard made the move after learning in a congressional hearing that his brother is a member of the security contractor's advisory board.
November 14, 2007 Federal investigators find that Blackwater Worldwide guards were unjustified in the shooting deaths of 14 Iraqi civilians and violated rules governing the use of deadly force, according to a report in Wednesday's New York Times.
October 31, 2007 The FBI is investigating the weeks-old shooting incident in Iraq involving Blackwater contractors. Investigators have just returned from Iraq, where they interviewed witnesses who were at the Baghdad square when the shooting occurred. The agency has also transported to its crime lab in Virginia a number of shot-out Iraqi cars involved in the incident.
October 30, 2007 State Department investigators offer immunity to Blackwater USA security guards for their testimony about a shooting in Iraq that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead. But the immunity offer could jeopardize efforts to prosecute employees involved in the shooting.