(July 11, 2014) The US State Department has allocated more than a billion dollars in contracts to the security firm Blackwater and its later manifestations even though a top official for the company threatened a government investigator's life in 2007.
The Huffington Post reported that the notorious security contractor Blackwater, its subsequent incarnations, and its subsidiaries have received more than $1.3 billion since the fall of 2007 for training and operations the world over.
In August 2007, State Department investigator Jean C. Richter said a Blackwater project manager, Daniel Carroll, told Richter "that he could kill me at that very moment and no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq," where the investigator was observing -- and criticizing -- the company's operations. The New York Times reported the details of the threat last month.
Richter and his partner in the probe were later asked by officials at the American embassy in Baghdad to leave.