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State Dept. Security Official Resigns Over Blackwater
(2007-10-24)
(wgvu) - WASHINGTON (AP) - State Department security chief Richard
Griffin has resigned in the wake of the Blackwater USA shooting in
Baghdad and use of private security personnel in Iraq.
Today's resignation letter makes no mention of security matters
involving Iraq.
A State Department spokesman says Secretary of State Condoleezza
Rice accepted Griffin's resignation which is effective November
1st.
It comes amid rising criticism from Iraqis and the U.S. Congress
of the State Department's reliance on private security guards and
the rules they operate under.
Security firm Blackwater USA is accused of killing 17 Iraqi
civilians in a shootout last month. The private security firm is
run by Holland, Michigan-native Erik Prince and contracts to
protect U.S. diplomats in Iraq.
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