Saturday, October 27, 2007

Kerry swiftboats Blackwater

Senator John Kerry, the Massachusetts Democrat who accused American troops of deliberate atrocities in Vietnam and of "terrorising" the women and children of Iraq, is now going after Blackwater.

He's using his chairmanship of the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship to follow up Congressman Henry Waxman's accusations that Blackwater violalted tax laws by paying its contractors as contractors and not as employees.

A muckraking blog has posted what it reports to be the letter Kerry sent to Blackwater CEO Erik Prince that echoes Waxman and requests documents from the security provider. The letter was apparently leaked from Kerry's office, as it appeared on the blog the same day it was dated, on October 26.
In a CBS "Face the Nation" interview two years ago, Kerry echoed his infamous 1971 Jane Fonda-style accusations, accusing American troops in Iraq of "going into the homes of Iraqis in the dead of night, terrorizing kids and children, you know, women, breaking sort of the customs of the--of--the historical customs, religious customs."

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