President-elect Donald Trump has come under fire for using his ‘Blackwater on the Potomac’ security detail as critics compare them to the notorious security contractor, which operated after the Iraq War.
Earlier, this month it was reported that Trump continuously employed a private security and intelligence team at his rallies and plans to keep those members on after he becomes president, according to Politico.
But undermining the Secret Service seems to be another battle in Trump’s apparent war against Washington as he prepares to take office on January 20.
President-elect Donald Trump has come under fire after his apparent decision to use a private security detail instead of the Secret Service
Earlier, this month it was reported that Trump continuously employed a private security and intelligence team at his rallies and plans to keep those members (pictured) on after he becomes president
In an article written by UCLA law professor, Jon D. Michaels, that was published by CNN, Michaels wrote that with ‘Trump’s anti-government rhetoric, and his apparent comfort with commingling state and commercial power the last thing we need is a Blackwater on the Potomac’.
‘His message is clear: We should not trust the feds,’ Michaels added.
Trump’s refusal to stop using his own private guards could But if Trump ends up having a private security detail while in office, it could raise some legal issues.
Michaels notes that the US Secret Service is the ‘best of the best’ with a ‘longstanding relationship of professional excellence’.
And, he writes, ‘when it comes to protecting a president, there’s just no way private security guards can bring to the table what the Secret Service does’.
‘A private security detail paid for by, I suppose, the Trump Organization, the President-Elect himself, or some wealthy donors’ is a problem, Michaels wrote, because ‘Congress appropriates funds to the Executive branch with the expectation that those will be the only funds spent’.
But undermining the Secret Service seems to be another battle in Trump’s apparent war against Washington. UCLA professor John Michaels wrote that if Trump ends up having private security (pictured) while in office, it could raise legal issues
One of the provisions of the Anti-Deficiency Act is to ‘prohibit government officials from drawing on alternative funding sources to support an unauthorized supplemental workforce’, he wrote.
And if someone goes around the Anti-Deficiency Act Congress could lose ‘control over the shape, reach, and complexion of government’.
‘There is much at stake when it comes to tolerating such a detail,’ Michaels wrote.
He said the reluctant acceptance of this detail ‘signals a willingness to credit arguments that an elite federal institution such as the Secret Service is unreliable’.
And that armed contractors ‘acting somewhat under the color of state law are acceptable’.
NISOUR SQUARE MASSACRE
A toll compiled by American investigators recorded 14 deaths and 17 injured. Iraqi officials say 17 civilians were killed, and 18 injured in the shooting in 2007.
The killings, took place in Nisour Square, Baghdad, where employees were escorting a US embassy convoy.
Blackwater guards claimed that the convoy was ambushed and that they fired at the attackers in defense of the convoy.
The Iraqi government and Iraqi police investigator Faris Saadi Abdul stated that the killings were unprovoked.
The killings deepened Iraqi resentment of America’s involvement in the country.
Last year, former Blackwater guard, Nicholas Slatten, who was accused of firing the first shots, was sentenced to life in prison on the first-degree murder charge.
Three others Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard received 30-year sentences for their roles in the mass shooting in Iraq.