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CIA Outsourced Death Squads to Blackwater

Dick Cheney.

Remember Dick Cheney's secret CIA death squads that everyone was all atwitter about earlier this summer? Well, in order to cover the CIA's ass, it eventually secretly contracted the program out to the private security contractor Blackwater in 2004. While not illegal, government officials fretted to the Times that the strategy posed troublesome questions about accountability. [NYT]

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