Blackwater/Paravant Didn’t Always Tell the Military When It Rolled Through Afghanistan Armed
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm
Leave aside the fact that Blackwater/Paravant employees subcontracted to train Afghan security forces never received authorization from the U.S. military to carry guns in Afghanistan. Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) wanted to clarify that Blackwater/Paravant at least informed the military when its armed guards moved around their battlespace.
“It was Blackwater/Paravant policy to notify the military when they made a move off the base,” Brian McCracken, the ex-Paravant vice president who signed off on the unapproved arming of Blackwater trainers in Afghanistan, said. “I don’t know how often it was adhered to or if it was ever adhered to.”
After a bit of a joust about the differences in notifying the U.S. military for armed contractor movements off of an Afghan base and an American one, John Walker, an ex-Paravant program manager in Afghanistan, told Levin, “No, we did not” inform the U.S. military in every case of armed contractor movement around the Afghan war zone.
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