Private Security Contractors and Public Accountability
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Blackwater USA was on the carpet today on Capitol Hill. Tonight, are they highly-paid mercenaries out of control or skilled professionals taking on the riskiest of necessary assignments? Also, LA’s most successful gang program re-opens in downtown LA.
Homeboy Industries Opens in Downtown LA ()
Mayor Villaraigosa was one of five-hundred guests today at the opening of an $8.5 million facility for Homeboy Industries in downtown Los Angeles. It provides jobs for gang members and other at-risk youth under the leadership of Father Gregory Boyle.
Private Security Contractors and Public Accountability ()
Congressional investigators say Blackwater fired first in almost two-hundred shootouts, often failed to help injured civilians, and that many killings were covered up by state department officials. One criticism of Blackwater guards is that they interfere with the military’s counterinsurgency mission. Today’s hearing won’t be the last we hear of Blackwater and other civilian contractors.
- Robert Scales: President of the Colgen Corporation
- Stephen Schooner: former Administrator for the OMB's Office of Procurement Law
- Robert Young Pelton: Author of 'Licensed to Kill'
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