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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 10:23 PM
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates Confirms Blackwater in Pakistan
Source: Rebel Reports

Defense Secretary Robert Gates Confirms Blackwater in Pakistan

By Jeremy Scahill

In an interview with the Pakistani TV station Express TV, Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirmed that the private security firms Blackwater and DynCorp are operating inside Pakistan. Theyre operating as individual companies here in Pakistan, Gates said, according to a DoD transcript of the interview. There are rules concerning the contracting companies. If theyre contracting with us or with the State Department here in Pakistan, then there are very clear rules set forth by the State Department and by ourselves.

This appears to be a contradiction of previous statements made by the Defense Department, by Blackwater, by the Pakistani government and by the US embassy in Islamabad, all of whom claimed Blackwater was not in the country. In September, the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Anne Patterson, denied Blackwaters presence in the country, stating bluntly, Blackwater is not operating in Pakistan. In December in The Nation magazine, I reported on Blackwaters work for JSOC in Pakistan and on a subcontract with a private Pakistani security company. The Pentagon did not issue any clear public denials, and instead tried to pass the buck to the State Department, which in turn passed it to the US embassy, which in turn issued an unsigned statement saying the story was false.

Pakistans Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said on numerous occasions that he would resign if it is proven that Blackwater is operating inside Pakistan.

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Asked about Seymour Hershs recent report in The New Yorker that US special forces were inside Pakistan helping to secure the countrys nuclear weapons, Gates said, Well, you know, we sometimes have journalistic reports in the United States that arent terribly accurate either. You cant respond to all of them. I think that one was not true.

Read more: http://rebelreports.com/post/346763455/defense-secretar...
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OhioChick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 10:24 PM
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1. No shit....After all the denials. n/t
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 10:26 PM
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2. I am shocked! Shocked, I tell you!
Who needs a draft? We can buy our guns.
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gateley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 10:29 PM
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3. Jesus! They're like Tribbles!


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IndianaGreen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 10:45 PM
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7. except that they are not cute and cuddly
Mercenaries suck!
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 10:31 PM
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4. Remember, GATES played a primary role in the "October Surprise" which put Reagan ...
in White House --
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 10:32 PM
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5. more change u can believe in - another piece of the fraud nt
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 10:37 PM
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6. Since everyone knows it anyway might as well cop to it kind of thing
Snort
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Arctic Dave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 10:52 PM
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8. So how long until we find out they helped kill Bhutto?
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ShockediSay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-22-10 06:02 AM
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14. And what about the Kennedy assassination?
Them or some group like them.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 11:21 PM
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9. We need yellow ribbons that say "Support Our Contractors". n/t
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stlsaxman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-22-10 06:51 AM
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17. Here you go...
Edited on Fri Jan-22-10 07:34 AM by stlsaxman
I tried to incorporate (pun intended) the corporate flag but don't have the software... have a try, somebody?



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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-22-10 10:19 AM
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18. Nice!

Thanks! (from our sponsors)
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pauldp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-21-10 11:30 PM
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10. The Homicidal Cowboys expand their territory.
And what exactly are they doing in Pakistan besides pissing off the locals?

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im1013 Donating Member (527 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-22-10 01:13 AM
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11. I'll bet they're in Haiti, too...
probably were there BEFORE the food & medical supplies.


:puke:
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Flaneur Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-22-10 01:16 AM
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12. Good. Now let's make 'em stay there.
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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-22-10 05:19 AM
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13. If we're lucky, Pakistan will round them up & execute the lot.
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Bragi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-22-10 06:18 AM
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15. Gates, a Bush guy, right? /nt
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-22-10 06:26 AM
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16. But on the Bright Side...
Edited on Fri Jan-22-10 06:27 AM by SpiralHawk
Profits are WAY UP for republicon 'christian' mercenary corporations.

And of course now, thanks to the supremos, they can pump billions of their War Bucks into elections, get more goons into Congress, and then get bigger more lucrative contracts.

Profitable War is peace.
'christian' Hate is love.
Fox-Rushlican lies are truth.
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Smashcut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-22-10 09:04 PM
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19. This would be the same DynCorp involved in sex slavery? We're still doing business w/ them?
Gotcha.

Excuse me while I :puke:
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