Even the State Department Recommends Dumping Blackwater
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The AP reports that a panel commissioned by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice after Blackwater's infamous September 2007 Baghdad shootout has called for the security firm's contract not to be renewed next year. Since the shootings, the Bush administration has repeatedly defended the firm, renewing its contract in May. Last October, the State Department granted Blackwater guards immunity after the shootings.
Satyam Khanna is a Research Associate for The Progress Report and ThinkProgress.org at the Center for American Progress.