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Blackwater contractor will not be indicted for killing Iraqi guard in 2006

A former security contractor for Blackwater USA will not be indicted in the killing of an Iraqi guard in 2006, federal prosecutors said Monday. According to a congressional report, Seattle resident Andrew Moonen was wandering drunk around Baghdad’s Green Zone after a Christmas Eve party in 2006 when he encountered and fatally shot Raheem Saadoun, a 32-year-old guard…

Rampant drug use, random gunfire at Blackwater’s Baghdad parties: claim

Blackwater founder threatened to ‘come after’ lawyer pursuing allegations: claim Blackwater employees in Baghdad held wild parties featuring large amounts of cocaine and hash, where armed personnel would sometimes fire randomly at nearby buildings housing Iraqi civilians, says a former contractor for the security company. Howard Lowry, a Texas businessman…

Walt Disney, Monsanto discovered among Blackwater’s hidden clients

Also on list: Royal Caribbean, Deutsche Bank, Chevron Almost three years ago exactly — Sept. 17, 2007 — a cadre of guards from the security firm then known as Blackwater shot and killed 17 Iraqis at a public plaza in Baghdad. The company, long in the public eye, has been…

2 go on trial in Virginia for Afghan killings

Trial starting in Va. for 2 former Blackwater contractors accused of killing Afghan nationals Jury selection is scheduled to begin in Virginia in the trial of two former defense contractors charged with the deaths of two Afghan nationals. The trial of Justin H. Cannon of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Christopher…

Blackwater’s Prince targets Dems for defeat

Potential Blackwater buyer has questionable track record in Iraq The owner of Xe Services, the company formerly known as Blackwater, is writing a book that will allege officials in the Clinton and Obama administrations “approved of his most sensitive and controversial operations,” says a report in the Washington Post. The…

Revealed: After Baghdad massacre, Blackwater split into 30 shell companies

The security company Blackwater Worldwide formed a network of 30 shell companies and subsidiaries to try to get millions of dollars in government business after the company faced strong criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq, The New York Times reported Friday. The newspaper said that it was unclear how many…

Kucinich criticizes ‘privatization of war’ after Obama’s speech

A leading congressional opponent of the Iraq war welcomed the formal end of US combat operations on Tuesday but warned of the increased reliance on private mercenaries. “The President is rightly celebrating that less American troops are in harm’s way,” Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said Tuesday night. “I join the…

Blackwater founder gives statements in fraud suit

Blackwater founder Erik Prince makes statement in Abu Dhabi as part of fraud suit The founder of former Blackwater Worldwide Security firm, Erik Prince, was questioned Monday in connection with a civil lawsuit alleging the company repeatedly billed the U.S. government for excessive or inappropriate expenses. Susan Burke, who represents…

Blackwater agrees to pay $42 million fine

Xe, the private security company formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, has agreed to pay a 42 million dollar fine for violating US export regulations, The New York Times has reported. Blackwater, which changed its name to Xe, gained notoriety in Iraq after guards protecting a convoy opened fire in a…

Panetta: “Not much choice’ but to use Blackwater

CIA director says ‘at most’ 50 to 100 Al Qaeda in Afghanistan How can a company allegedly responsible for killing 17 unarmed civilians in Baghdad in 2007 continue to get State Department and CIA contracts? CIA Director Leon Panetta says there is “not much choice” because few companies have the…

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