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The Washington Post
Friday, September 28, 2007

A report released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee cited several failures by the Blackwater security company during a March 31, 2004, mission in which four employees were killed in Fallujah.

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  • Did not listen to the advice of a British security firm, Control Risks Group, about the perilous nature of the mission.
  • Did not provide the team with squad automatic weapons or equivalent heavy machine guns, as required by their contract.
  • Did not provide the team with armored vehicles. Instead the employees drove Mitsubishi Pajeros inherited from another security firm, with a steel plate on the back seat.
  • Reduced the size of the team from six to four members, which deprived the two Blackwater vehicles of rear gunners.
  • Did not provide the team with sufficient maps or plans.

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