#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 12 – The US State Department has awarded the notorious private security corporation Blackwater more than $1 billion in funding.
The funding comes one week after the State Department’s chief investigator revealed he was threatened with death by a Blackwater official in Iraq in August 2007, The New York Times reported.
The investigator said project manager Daniel Carroll told him "that he could kill me at that very moment and no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq."
Officials at the American embassy in Baghdad later asked the government investigators conducting the Blackwater probe to stop the investigation and leave.
It was a few weeks later, in September, when Blackwater guards shot and murdered 17 Iraqi civilians.
Surprisingly, Blackwater’s funding remained unhindered even after threatening government investigators.
Records show that the company received over $269 million in funding between the date the threat was reportedly made, August 21, and the end of September, from the State Department.
In return, Blackwater provided training and protective services for the department in Iraq, Afghanistan, China and the United States.