Code Pink Claims Blackwater Ex-Employee Threatened One Of Its Activists

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Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 11:19 am

I didn’t see this at yesterday’s big Blackwater hearing in the Senate Armed Services Committee, but another reporter friend watched this happen. Code Pink, the womens’ anti-war activist group that’s a fixture in congressional hearings, put out this press release about an incident yesterday between one of its members and Johnnie Walker, a former Blackwater employee who was involved in the May 5 2009 shootings in Kabul:

CODEPINK activist Tighe Barry was attending the hearing and was shocked about the criminal behavior of Blackwater contractors that included stealing weapons, reckless use of weapons, drinking on the job, violating rules of their contracts, defrauding the US government and disregarding local Afghan laws. “During the recess in the hearing, I spoke out about the shameful actions of Blackwater personnel that led to the death of Afghan civilians and their own fellow employees. Johnnie Walker, as he was leaving the hearing room, turned to me—within earshot of the U.S. Capitol Policeman Angel Morales–and said, “I’m gonna kill YOU.”

Barry shouted out to the police and Blackwater management, “Do you see the kind of people you hire–such loose cannons that they’d threaten me in a Senate hearing room?” Barry filed a complaint with the Capitol Police.

As I say, I didn’t witness this, but a trusted colleague claims to have seen it.

Update: I’ve corrected the headline, as I’ve been told Tighe Berry is a man. My sincere apologies for my assumption.

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3 Comments

chrisjay
Comment posted February 25, 2010 @ 12:24 pm

These lowlifes make the Pinkertons (of the early 20th century) look like renunciant monks. Their function in the modern corporate state is really no different than it was 100 years ago—–with the distinguishing new development beig that their contracts are now global as well as domestic.
How many Americans know of the presence of Blackwater in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina?


chrisjay
Comment posted February 25, 2010 @ 5:24 pm

These lowlifes make the Pinkertons (of the early 20th century) look like renunciant monks. Their function in the modern corporate state is really no different than it was 100 years ago—–with the distinguishing new development being that their contracts are now global as well as domestic.
How many Americans know of the presence of Blackwater in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina?


pink products
Comment posted November 5, 2010 @ 4:59 pm

CODE PINK is a product by a group of American women to stop the Bush administration from invading Iraq. I can see why they would get threatened.


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