'Buzzy' Krongard: Blackwater Beast or British Agent?

15 de noviembre de 2007

Nov. 15 (LPAC)--State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard, supposedly in charge of overseeing Blackwater's contracts and its private military contractors' conduct in Iraq, was forced to admit to bipartisan outrage at the House Oversight Committee yesterday, that his brother, A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard, is a member of Blackwater's advisory board. Far more interesting, is what the many press accounts of Howard Krongard's downfall, do not include: Who is "Buzzy" Krongard?

A.B. Krongard, more than an advisory board member to Blackwater, launched it into big-time private-war contracting. "Buzzy" Krongard is now a principle of the DLA Piper, the London-based law firm closely associated with House of Lords Baroness Liz Symons. Symons, Tony Blair's special Mideast representative, was the key figure in concocting a long-running hoax against U.S. economist and Democratic figure Lyndon LaRouche, attempting to hype investigations or prosecutions against LaRouche in Germany and Britain. That hoax has now collapsed.

Before DLA Piper, "Buzzy" Krongard was a high CIA official during DIA George Tenet's tenure, and from that position, "Buzzy" Krongard launched Blackwater into its current status, arranging its first major private security contract on the Iraq war. He had also played a central role in the still-running arms-deals scandal of the British BAE Systems, since he brought the Carlyle Group together with BAE, thus inserting BAE into U.S. military contracting on a very large scale.

State Department IG Howard Krongard came into yesterday's hearing claiming he was "unaware" of any financial interest his brother may have had in Blackwater and "I do not believe it is true that he is a member of the advisory board" as committee chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) had asserted in his opening statement. Even after being confronted with emails from Blackwater chief Eric Prince inviting Buzzy Krongard onto the board and later welcoming him to the board, Krongard said "There is nothing that suggests that my brother accepted" the invitation.

The break came when Representatives Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) told Krongard that his brother was, at that very moment, participating in a conference in Williamsburg, Va., of Blackwater's advisory board and that the committee staff had confirmed, with the hotel hosting the conference, that he was, indeed, registered there. After the committee returned from a recess for floor votes, Krongard announced that he had called his brother, learned that he had been at the Blackwater advisory board meeting and announced "I hereby recuse myself from any matters having to do with Blackwater."

Amid general outrage, Rep. Steve Lynch (D-mass.)., whose questioning of Krongard immediately followed, proposed that the committee subpoena the more important Krongard in the scandal, "Buzzy," to get him to testify on his conduct.