Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Friday, April 11, 2003

US law and order folk headed to Iraq.

The United States is sending 26 police and judicial officials to Iraq as the advance team for what could eventually be a contingent of more than 1,150 people to help Iraqis restore law and order, the State Department said on Friday.
The first batch of 26 people will be part of the group led by retired Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, the man appointed to run the civil administration in Iraq under U.S. occupation.

State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the second contingent would be 150 people under contract with Dyncorp, a private Virginia company that supplies security personnel for U.S. operations abroad.

A supplemental appropriations bill to finance the invasion includes money for an extra 1,000 police and judicial officials, the spokesman added. The bill is still in Congress.

"These people who we're sending out will conduct assessments, provide advice, help people get organized. They're not cops on the beat, they're not ... going to do the policing of Iraqi cities," he added.

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