XE Services is better known by its original name: Blackwater Worldwide. They changed it after several of its private contractors serving with the U.S. military in Iraq massacred a group of 17 civilians in 2007, in an incident that remains under judicial scrutiny.
Ashcroft, however, does not come into the job without his own controversies. As a frequent target of Democratic activists, he suffered politically for his unwaivering advocacy of growing the government’s security apparatus. He’s also long been chided for suggesting that political dissent against his president was akin to disloyalty.
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