You can’t make this stuff up

The State Department spot report exonerating Blackwater was written by a Blackwater employee.

The State Department issued a “spot report,” on the letterhead of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, U.S. Embassy Baghdad, telling the Blackwater version of the latest shoot-’em-up in Baghdad. The report says it was drafted by “Darren Hanner, RSO [Regional Security Office] TOC [Tactical Operations Center] Watch Officer, Baghdad.”

Darren Hanner is a Blackwater contract employee.

h/t Josh Marshall; keep your eye on TPM for Blackwater updates, and for the latest on Duke Cunningham and his bribors.

Footnote Here’s a somewhat different report, not prepared by Blackwater staff.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com