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Mr. Chairman, I am honored to be here. I appreciate your offer for me to speak from behind a screen in order to protect me. Normally, I would have accepted. This hearing is more important. I do not want to be only a voice. The American people need to see my face. I want to look the American people in the eye.
Nobody regrets more, that we did not stop the attacks on September 11, than the officers of CTC or their former Chief. Frankly from an intelligence perspective, in order to have a fighting chance to protect this country from al-Qa'ida, we needed to attack the Afghan terrorist sanctuary protected by the Taliban. CIA appreciated this all too well. That is also why on 11 September we were ready and prepared to be the first boots on the ground in Afghanistan in late September.
I know that we are on the right track today and as a result we are safer as a nation. "No Limits" aggressive, relentless, worldwide pursuit of any terrorist who threatens us is the only way to go and is the bottom line. What we have managed to achieve abroad has been due in large part to the extraordinary professionalism of our men and women in CTC and those CIA operatives overseas who do the risky, hard work of counterterrorism. Lastly, I was proud of them then, am now, and will be until I die.
TESTTMONY OF COFER BLACK
Originally posted by jsobecky
I'm not sure if the thrust of this submission is Blackwater, USA or Cofer Black's past role as head of the CTC. Both are very interesting topics.
But watch out As long as is not against the government is ok.
Use your right to free markets and capitalism and there you have it, is all legal.
Q Thank you, Mr. President. It's an honor to have you here. I'm a first-year student in South Asia studies. My question is in regards to private military contractors. Uniform Code of Military Justice does not apply to these contractors in Iraq. I asked your Secretary of Defense a couple months ago what law governs their actions.
THE PRESIDENT: I was going to ask him. Go ahead. (Laughter.) Help. (Laughter.)
Q I was hoping your answer might be a little more specific. (Laughter.) Mr. Rumsfeld answered that Iraq has its own domestic laws which he assumed applied to those private military contractors. However, Iraq is clearly not currently capable of enforcing its laws, much less against -- over our American military contractors. I would submit to you that in this case, this is one case that privatization is not a solution. And, Mr. President, how do you propose to bring private military contractors under a system of law?
THE PRESIDENT: I appreciate that very much. I wasn't kidding -- (laughter.) I was going to -- I pick up the phone and say, Mr. Secretary, I've got an interesting question. (Laughter.) This is what delegation -- I don't mean to be dodging the question, although it's kind of convenient in this case, but never -- (laughter.) I really will -- I'm going to call the Secretary and say you brought up a very valid question, and what are we doing about it? That's how I work. I'm -- thanks. (Laughter.)
Source and Video.
Originally posted by MadGreebo
The USA is the bloodiest cheekiest country I have ever ever come across...talk about double blooming standards...OMG you double dealing back stabbing total country of political double standards hypocrites!!
dont think people who kill for money have any honor myself. People who defend themselfs and what they need (not what they want) have a little bit more.
Originally posted by Liberal1984
Anyway i wonder if they will be supplying forces to Iraq? Because if they are then at least nobody need feel sorry for their money snorting mercenaries when they die. In fact lets hope they kill these people of by giving them tasks to dangerous for real soldiers to do?
Originally posted by SportyMB
...making 100k-200k a year.