Blackwater Still Illicitly Has 53 Weapons From U.S. Military in Afghanistan
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm
The head of contract compliance for Blackwater, Fred Roitz, told Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) that he has never known that hundreds of weapons Blackwater employees took from a U.S. military depot in Afghanistan called 22 Bunkers (or Bunker 22) have been explicitly designated by Gen. David Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, as not being for contractor usage. A Blackwater official has also told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the company still has 53 weapons in Afghanistan from the military that it has never been authorized to possess.
Roitz said he doesn’t know how many of those guns come from 22 Bunkers. What’s more, he told Levin that he didn’t even know that any guns Blackwater uses in Afghanistan came from that Bunker until the “April, May time frame” in 2009, during an inventory check.
For the hat trick, Roitz told Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) that Raytheon requested Blackwater hide its affiliation with Paravant, Blackwater’s shell company to get a Raytheon subcontract training Afghan forces. If Raytheon denies that, Roitz may find himself subject to a perjury investigation.
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