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Blackwater lies cost official his job

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December 7, 2007

The State Department Inspector General who lied about his brother’s involvement with mercenary firm Blackwater Worldwide has resigned.

Howard Krongard first claimed his brother had nothing do with Blackwater, then admitted his brother had “attended a meeting” of the firm’s advisory board.

Further investigation, however, reveals Krongard’s brother was a highly-paid contractor with Blackwater, creating a clear conflict of interest for the man charged with overseeing the State Department’s contracts with the mercenary firm.

Krongard tried to stay on the job by recusing himself but sources say he is now under investigation by the Justice Department for violation of federal conflict of interest laws and other possible crimes.

Reports Reuters:

State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard, under scrutiny for his brother’s link to the Blackwater security firm, has decided to resign, U.S. officials said on Friday.

Krongard, the State Department’s top investigator, has been accused by current and former subordinates of thwarting probes into waste, fraud and abuse in Iraq, including alleged arms smuggling by Blackwater.

“We thank him for his dedication to public service and wish him well in the future,” State Department spokesman Gonzo Gallegos said.

Krongard last month recused himself from Blackwater oversight after saying in a congressional hearing that his brother A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard, a former executive director of the CIA, had attended a meeting of Blackwater’s advisory board.

Krongard had begun the hearing by denying the “ugly rumors” that his brother was associated with the company, which is under investigation for a September 16 shooting incident in Baghdad in which 17 Iraqis were killed.

5 Responses to Blackwater lies cost official his job

  1. Carl Nemo

    December 7, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    The real question should be, how many other Howard and “Buzzy” Krongards are imbedded throughout the Bushista appointed government that are still in the process of ripping off the U.S. taxpayer, but haven’t, nor ever will be caught…?!

    Howard Krongard’s resignation is simply not enough. When a State Department IG gets caught lying or any any other high level official for that matter, they need to be indicted, stand trial, and hopefully get sent to Club Fed for a while. Both Bush and Cheney “must be” impeached too…!

    Oh, I forgot it’s the Christmas Holiday Season and Congress doesn’t want to spoil their recess or shopping fun… :|

    Carl Nemo **==

  2. CheckerboardStrangler

    December 8, 2007 at 4:31 am

    The Krongard Crime Family Syndicate is just another one of the Holy Handful who profit from Wall Street drug money, 9-11 put options trading…you name it they have their hands in it.

    I’m no longer interested in trying to save the country. As far as I’m concerned it’s too late.

    We’ve been bought and sold so many times over that we are now, in the words of Howard Beale,
    “utterly without value as individuals and as replaceable as piston rods”.

    Better to save one’s own ass and leave scorched earth behind. That’s a lesson we’ve been taught all too well by our leaders.

  3. Sandra Price

    December 8, 2007 at 7:13 am

    Did the Bush Administration ever think this would catch up with him or is he so amoral he never thinks in those terms? So many Americans were convinced that this sweet faced man from Texas would be a step above the Clinton years but they seemed to figure they were above the law all the way around.

    I believe that Bush is evil enough to have allowed 9/11 to hit simply to take America into a war against Islam. It was his aim all along to cast us all into another religious crusade.

    But, he still has the Christians believing he is doing nothing wrong. Many will support him based on the lack of interest in our Democratic Congress.

    There is no strong movement for integrity in America and I think Checkerboard is correct.

  4. SEAL

    December 8, 2007 at 7:53 pm

    George W. Bush has no direct knowledge of illegal profiteering by anyone until it is exposed. When that happens, he has the brain trust assemble to figure out what to do about it. At this point, Bush is fully aware of who did what. Now, unless he acts to punish the wrongdoer or if he and his people act in any way to help the wrongdoer(s), he/they become complicit in the crime.

    This is what brought Nixon down. He, like Bush, was not involved in the crime itself but he acted to help his people cover it up. He lied. That was his crime and that is Bush’s crime every time one of these exposures occur. In fact, everyone involved in the coverup becomes complicit.

    Once any of the administrations officials have knowledge of a crime being committed they are bound by law to act to bring the guilty people to justice by turning over any information about it they have to the proper law enforcement agency(S).

    For the past 3-4 years we have seen many profiteering crimes exposed. The majority of them just disappear into the justice department, never to be heard about again. Those that do wind up with some sort of conviction receive punishment that is laughable considering the seriousness of their crime. This is generally excused with the person’s “cooperating” and informing on others. Again, the affair just disappears into the justice department. Any inquiry is stonewalled with “ongoing investigation.”

    The problem is: the entire system is corupt from Bush on down to the lowliest law clerk too afraid to blow the whistle. Even exposing and causing the resignation of the last attorney general has had no effect on the commander in chief or any of his inner core of bandits. Real or not, their power is accepted as awsome. Even congress, who has the power to cut off the funds and stop them dead in their tracks, is afraid to stand up to them. Or, the key congressional members of the house and senate are part and parcel of the BushCo criminal empire. There can be no other answer.

  5. CheckerboardStrangler

    December 10, 2007 at 12:14 pm

    http://antiwar.com/justin/?articleid=3822

    Think about it my friend.
    This really is a no-brainer!
    Bush’s brain trust is composed of the type of people who strut around arrogantly crowing “We’re an EMPIRE now!”.

    So okay…they’ve said it plain and simple.
    The Bush brain trust wants everyone to know that they are an empire, and it is apparent to many that it’s an EVIL EMPIRE to boot.

    Ten thousand years of recorded history has failed to teach this 21st century collection of wired neocon braggarts one thing:

    EMPIRES COLLAPSE.

    And in the 2st century, they collapse very quickly, much more quickly than they did in ancient times.