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Monday, June 30, 2014

Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad's Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor's operations in Iraq. But the inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater's top manager there issued a threat: "that he could kill" the government's chief investigator and "no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq," according to department reports. American Embassy officials in Baghdad sided with Blackwater rather than the State Department investigators as a dispute over the probe escalated in August 2007, the previously undisclosed documents show.

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They'll continue getting government work even if this is true.

#1 | Posted by Sully at 2014-06-30 08:14 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

terrorism = against the American empire.

#2 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-06-30 09:13 AM | Reply | Flag:

More proof we do not live in a country which Represents the interests of human beings. Most of our elected officials only care about money into and out of large Corporations. The fate of people is of no consequence. Equally important, they don't want you to know that, so they hire people with skills like Obama.

#3 | Posted by nutcase at 2014-06-30 11:43 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Yeah, but they'd kill him a lot cheaper than it would cost to get the military to do it and that's all that matters!

Conservatives

PS: Quick, and without googling, what is Blackwater calling itself today?

#4 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-06-30 12:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

American Embassy officials in Baghdad

Translation: Liberty University appointees

#5 | Posted by northguy3 at 2014-06-30 12:50 PM | Reply | Flag:

I remember warning people that blackwater was evil.

#6 | Posted by Tor at 2014-06-30 01:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

In other news, Blackwater has officially changed its name to Purple Reign, and Purple Reign has announced a new $78B contract with the U.S. government to provide security and laundry services in Iraq through December, 2014.

#7 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2014-06-30 01:51 PM | Reply | Flag:

PPP as one should never telegraph their moves - LOL

#8 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-06-30 02:13 PM | Reply | Flag:

Is there a more loathsome mercenary group in the world with US backing?

#9 | Posted by moder8 at 2014-06-30 04:05 PM | Reply | Flag:

Is there a more loathsome mercenary group in the world with US backing?

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see 'Federal' reserve.

#10 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-06-30 04:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

How about the Export/Import bank? You all might know it as boing's bank.

#11 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-06-30 04:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

I remember some years back, that this place constantly Hem and Hawed at Blackwater. In the time President being elected, this is the first article I read on the DR.... Interesting, all the silence til now.... Blackwater must be a good company now since Bush is gone

#12 | Posted by cmbell73 at 2014-06-30 06:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

Interesting, all the silence til now.... Blackwater must be a good company now since Bush is gone

#12 | Posted by cmbell73

thats not exactly true. There has been several articles about blackwater has they tried to change their name from Blackwater to "Xe Services" in 2009 and then "Academi" in 2011 as they tried to morph into something that would not connect them to the name Blackwater after severely tarnishing their name in Iraq.

Eric Prince has since resigned and distanced himself from the original Blackwater he created.

"Subsequently, it reorganized its business units, added a corporate governance and ethics program, and established an independent committee of outside experts to supervise compliance structures."

In addition it looks like they have burrowed into another set of companies and merged with other security firms to reduce their exposure even further.....

"A merger between Triple Canopy and ACADEMI, along with other companies that were part of the Constellis Group package, are now all gathered under the Constellis Holdings, Inc. umbrella [45]. The transaction brings together an array of security companies including Triple Canopy, Constellis Ltd., Strategic Social, Tidewater Global Services, National Strategic Protective Services, ACADEMI Training Center and International Development Solutions"

en.wikipedia.org

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-30 07:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

And yes Northguy...I had to look it up. I thought their new name was Xe..

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-30 07:58 PM | Reply | Flag:

Wasn't one of their initial team murdered before the first name-change? Something about exposing something? Snowden might be on to something..

Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder 2009

The Nation magazine reports that Erik Prince, the owner of Blackwater, is alleged to have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US marine who worked as a security operative for the company filed sworn statements in a federal court in Virginia earlier this month.
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."

In their testimony both men also allege that Blackwater was smuggling weapons into Iraq. One of the men alleges that Prince turns a profit by transporting illegal weapons into the country on Prince's own private planes. They also charge that Prince and other Blackwater executives destroyed incriminating videos, emails and other documents and have intentionally deceived the US State Department and other federal agencies.

The identities of the two individuals were sealed out of concerns for their safety. these allegations and the series of other charges are contained in sworn affidavits filed as part of a motion by lawyers for Iraqi civilians suing Blackwater for alleged war crimes and other misconduct. Blackwater, which now operates under the name Xe Services, is also facing civil racketeering charges. The contractor is accused of crimes ranging from murder to distribution of controlled substances, destruction of evidence and even child prostitution. The testimony describes Blackwater as "having young girls provide oral sex to Enterprise members in the 'Blackwater Man Camp' in exchange for on American dollar." It says that even though Prince frequently visited the camp he "failed to stop the ongoing use of prostitutes, including child prostitutes by his men."


Lessie, the allegations include racketeering, drug smuggling, murder and child prostitution all the while Prince was smuggling in arms on his private planes? How very CIA of him. Boaz must be rigid with lust.

#15 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-07-01 02:13 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Those are Blackwater uniforms we see at the Boston Marathon bombing..

#16 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2014-07-01 02:14 AM | Reply | Flag:

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-06-30 07:56 PM | Reply

Yet ,Obama has no problem continuing "No Bid Contracts".... Why is that. After all the hard work DR has gone to defame Blackwater Obama continues another Bush policy without hardly hearing a peep from the Left. I guess Balckwater is not as bad as many seem to beileve

#17 | Posted by cmbell73 at 2014-07-01 08:44 AM | Reply | Flag:

I guess Balckwater (sic) is not as bad as many seem to beileve(sic)

#17 | Posted by cmbell73

Sure...not a peep. Whatever bro.

They are as bad as your spelling...worse even. But, it is not all their fault they have been caught up in the corruption of war. End the wars and end the corruption associated with it.

BTW- Senator Claire McCaskill has not stopped objecting yet.

"I have written to you nearly a dozen times over the past five years raising concerns about contract management," McCaskill wrote. "When I have raised these concerns, you have repeatedly responded that the State Department's contract acquisition and management are adequate and that the Department is making improvements."

#18 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-01 07:47 PM | Reply | Flag:

Really donner??? I expect more from you than being an "Enlish Teacher"... Anyway, DR attempts to contuine persecution of Blackwater have FAILED under the Obama Administration... Like it or not, Obama policy didn't not change, but according to you his policy on the matter has been reduced to a lonely Senator

#19 | Posted by cmbell73 at 2014-07-01 08:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

Like it or not, Obama policy didn't not change, but according to you his policy on the matter has been reduced to a lonely Senator

#19 | Posted by cmbell73

sure sure...one war ended and the other drawing down. But other than that nothing has changed.

I am pretty sure McCaskill is not the only one concerned. You want a list or something? I concede your point that not enough is being done. I don't agree that there hasn't been a "peep" from the left.

End the wars so we can end the corruption.

A federal commission established to study wartime contracting slammed State Department officials in a hearing over the $120 million contract they awarded to Blackwater. They were unable to get an answer from officials as to how Blackwater's history in Iraq figured into the contract. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), a strong Blackwater critic, strongly condemned the contract, wondering "why any branch of the government would decide to hire Blackwater, such a repeat offender. We're talking about murder…a company with a horrible reputation that really jeopardizes our mission in so many different ways." Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and Representative Jim Moran (D-VA) have also been vocal about questioning Blackwater contracts.

fpif.org

#20 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-07-01 08:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

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