The company decided to change its name from Blackwater to XE after a great deal of public pressure and exposure was brought to bear on their actions (as well as lawsuits which they wrer protected from by the bush administration). And, as usual for the Obama administration, Blackwater mercenaries are still being hired out by the DOD and deployed into Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as continue to train our police forces (why would the police need that kind of military training?).
And now it seems that some fellows on the inside are implicating (the very recently resigned) Blackwater founder, Erik Prince, in the murder of people who were cooperating with a federal investigation into the company.
This is simply a sick situation. Why are we, the good ol’ USA, the guys in white hats, the protectors of freedoms, the friken GOOD GUYS fer chrissakes, why are we using MERCINARIES to fight our battles? I can only think of two reasons; one is that someone(s) is making a HUGE amount of money in the transaction and that these merc’s are doing things that our military would consider illegal.
Story from The Nation (not a source i generally like, but Scahill’s reporting is always accurate):(Video that follows is a very brief over view of Blackwater by pre-eminent author and researcher on the subject, Jeremy Scahill. The video is pre-Obama, so insert his names as well when Scahill points fingers at Bush.) Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder By Jeremy Scahill A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.”
- US Businessman: Blackwater Paid Me to Buy Steroids and Weapons on Black Market for its Shooters (alternet.org)