The following article states that the US State Dept. "may " phase out the use of private security guards in Iraq. "May" means that it's being discussed. "May" means that they need to know that the American people care about this issue.
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State Dept. may phase out Blackwater - Yahoo! News
WASHINGTON - The State Department may phase out or limit the use of private security guards in Iraq, which could mean canceling's contract or awarding it to another company in line with an Iraqi government demand, The Associated Press has learned.
Such steps would be difficult given U.S. reliance on Blackwater and other contractors, but they are among options being studied during a comprehensive review of security in Iraq, two senior officials said.
The review was ordered after a Sept. 16 incident in which Blackwater guards protecting a U.S. Embassy convoy inare accused of killing 17 Iraqi civilians.
The shooting has enraged the Iraqi government, which is demanding millions in compensation for the victims and removal of Blackwater in six months. It also has focused attention on the nebulous rules governing private guards and added to the Bush administration's problems in managing the war in Iraq.
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