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Blackwater-connected firm gets $100m+ Afghan security contract

U.S. Training Center, an affiliate of the controversial mercenary group formerly known as Blackwater, has been given a major new contract to provide security for U.S. diplomats in two Afghan cities. The contract, confirmed by the U.S. State Department on Saturday, would be worth over $120 million if extended for…

US: Manslaughter case against Blackwater guards should have gone forward

There was more than enough untainted evidence to justify a trial for five Blackwater Worldwide guards involved in a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad, the Justice Department told a federal appeals court. In court papers seeking to reinstate criminal charges, the department asserted that some of the evidence tainted by…

BP hires private security contractors to guard ‘black water’

If they had hired Blackwater, the firm would have had a particularly appropriate sounding name for the job: guarding tar-stained beaches. In their latest eyebrow-raising PR move, multinational oil giant BP has enlisted private security contractors to keep onlookers away from oil cleanup sites. While the firm they hired apparently…

Sayonara: Blackwater puts itself up for sale

The security firm formerly known as Blackwater is looking for new ownership, announcing Monday it is pursuing a sale of the company that became renowned and reviled for its involvement with the U.S. government in Iraq and elsewhere. The Moyock, N.C.-based company now called Xe Services announced its decision in…

Lawyer hints CIA approved Blackwater exec’s alleged gun crimes

A lawyer for the former Blackwater president who has been charged with gun crimes hinted at his client’s defense Wednesday, telling a North Carolina court room that a US government agency approved of what the company was doing. Ken Bell — attorney for Gary Jackson, who was arrested last week…

Feds indict ex-Blackwater president, four others on gun charges

A former president of security contractor Blackwater and four other company officials have been indicted on federal weapons charges, the Associated Press reports. Federal prosecutors indicted Gary Jackson, who was president of Blackwater until last year, on Friday in a case that stemmed from a raid on Blackwater’s North Carolina…

Gates: Pentagon to review Blackwater misconduct in Afghanistan

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates is concerned about possible misconduct in Afghanistan by the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater and has promised to review the issue, the Pentagon said. Gates made the pledge to lawmakers after receiving a letter from Carl Levin, the chairman of the Senate Armed…

GOP’s 2010 strategy revealed: Exploit donors and ‘fear’ of Obama

Update at bottom: RNC fundraiser hoping to raise $60,000 will take place at Blackwater compound “What can you sell when you do not have the White House, the House, or the Senate?” asks a Republican National Committee PowerPoint presentation. Answer: “Save the country from trending toward Socialism!” That — along…

Code Pink protester: Blackwater official threatened to kill me

A Code Pink protester claimed a high-ranking Blackwater official threatened his life during a break of a Senate Armed Services hearing focused on the military contractor's actions in Afghanistan.…

Bill would ban security contractors from war zones

Two congressional lawmakers have announced legislation that would effectively remove military contractors from war zones. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) introduced the “Stop Outsourcing Security Act” on Tuesday. If passed, the act would force the United States to phase out its controversial use of private security…

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