Waxman Questions Rice About Blackwater's Christmas Eve Shooter

House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) questioned the State Department anew Friday for failing to notify the Department of Defense that a contractor the Pentagon hired had killed a security guard for the Iraqi vice president in 2006 during his stint with Blackwater USA.

This latest inquiry comes hours after Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued new agency protocols for diplomatic convoys under the protection of private security firms as part of the evolving response to a shooting earlier this month in which contractors with Blackwater killed numerous Iraqi civilians.

Waxman wrote Rice a letter Friday requesting all the personnel records for Andrew Moonen, the former Blackwater contractor who reportedly killed a member of the Iraqi vice president's security detail on Christmas Eve in 2006.

The oversight chairman also requested most of the agency's internal and external communications related to that shooting, including documents about compensation for the victim's family and any communications with the Department of Defense about Moonen's role in the shooting.

According to CNN, Moonen was given a job with Combat Support Services Associates, a contractor for the Department of Defense, last February to work in Kuwait despite his role in the Christmas Eve shooting.
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