La Chambre des représentants américaine vient de rendre publiques quelques informations supplémentaire sur l'implication de Blackwater en Irak (si les 2ème et 3ème points étaient connus, le premier apporte des précisions chiffrées) :
(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;
Nota : les conditions de l'engagement des feux ne sont pas précisées.
(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.
Robert Gates, face à la demande irakienne de renvoyer Blackwater, estime que ce serait contre-productif. Et d'ajouter qu'“I don’t know whether other firms could cover. I just don’t know what the practical implications of that would be, if it were limited to one firm. So I think we’ll just have to wait and see. The question is, what (the) State (Department) would do in the mean time? So it’s really more of a challenge for the Department of State in the short term”.
Par ailleurs, toujours selon lui, "One of the things that surprised me was that many, if not most, of the contracts that are executed in Iraq are not processed through (Multinational Force Iraq) (...) They’re done in the states, even though they are going to be executed in Iraq. So one obvious suggestion is -- how do we get MNF-I a greater clarity and more of a role and knowledge about the contracts that are going to be executed in their area of operation?".