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  • 2 ex-Blackwater guards charged with murder

    01/07/2010 11:59:37 AM PST · by granite · 43 replies · 2,803+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/7/10 | LAT
    Both Cannon, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Drotleff, of Virginia Beach, Va., have said in recent interviews with the AP that they were justified when they opened fire on a threatening vehicle last year. Blackwater, now known as Xe, fired both men after the shooting for failing to comply with the terms of their contract.
  • The Blackwater Lynching

    01/06/2010 7:32:13 PM PST · by Abakumov · 3 replies · 400+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 7, 2010 | Editorial
    The dismissed case against five American security contractors charged with committing manslaughter in Iraq illustrates the complexities of fighting an enemy that chooses to wage war among civilians. Worse, it exposes the equally dirty battles conducted by government agencies against our own warriors when bureaucrats respond to political pressure.
  • Blackwater Prosecutorial and Media Misconduct

    01/05/2010 11:50:24 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 1 replies · 257+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 1/5/2010 | Moneyrunner
    Driven by pressure from the Left, including the editors of the Virginian Pilot – a New York Times wanna be in Tidewater Virginia – the prosecutors of the Blackwater guards set their victims up for prosecution despite evidence that was exculpatory. To get an idea of the kind of editorial pressure that was put on the prosecutors, go to the Virginian Pilot Online website and search for “Blackwater.” The headlines that pop up cover eight pages and virtually demand that this “evil” “private army” and “conservative Republican” organization be stamped out with the utmost prejudice. Blackwater: Inside America's Private Army...
  • Xe pulls plug on its counterpiracy venture; ship up for sale

    01/05/2010 12:35:12 PM PST · by Perdogg · 7 replies · 732+ views
    Apparently unsuccessful in marketing it for anti-piracy operations, Xe has put its 183-foot ship McArthur up for sale. In an online advertisement on the Web site, the McArthur is listed at a reduced price of $3.7 million. The vessel is docked in Alicante, Spain.
  • Iraq to sue ex-Blackwater guards [hours after American case tossed]

    01/01/2010 1:08:01 PM PST · by UAConservative · 29 replies · 931+ views
    CNN ^ | January 1, 2009
    Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraq said Friday that it will file a lawsuit against five Blackwater security guards cleared of manslaughter charges in the 2007 killing of 17 Iraqi civilians, an act a government official called murder. The Iraqi government also will ask the U.S. Justice Department to appeal a federal judge's "unfair and unacceptable" dismissal of the charges Thursday, spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said. An Iraqi man wounded in the 2007 incident also voiced his anger Friday, saying U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina's dismissal of the charges showed "disregard for Iraqi blood." Urbina found Thursday that prosecutors wrongly used the...
  • All Charges Dismissed Against Blackwater Contractors

    01/01/2010 7:33:14 AM PST · by BCrago66 · 24 replies · 1,092+ views
    At the above link is the PDF of the 90-page opinion, which dismisses all charges against all Blackwater defendants. The crucial issue, I think, is that the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination bars the State not merely from using compelled statements as admissions of wrongdoing, but from using such statements in any manner whatever to shape its case. Judge Urbina: The government used the defendants’ compelled statements to guide its charging decisions, to formulate its theory of the case, to develop investigatory leads and, ultimately, to obtain the indictment in this case. The government’s key witnesses immersed themselves in the...
  • Blackwater men cleared

    01/01/2010 3:07:54 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies · 849+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 1, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- A federal judge dismissed all charges yesterday against five private Blackwater security guards accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007. The shooting left 17 Iraqis dead and inflamed anti-American sentiment abroad. The Iraqi government had wanted the guards to face trial in Iraq. Judge Ricardo Urbina said the prosecutors ignored the advice of Justice Department officials and improperly built their case on sworn statements that had been given under a promise of immunity. Urbina said the government's explanations were "contradictory, unbelievable and lacking in credibility."
  • Judge tosses Blackwater case in Baghdad shootings

    12/31/2009 12:39:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 114 replies · 8,007+ views
  • CIA ends top defence firm's contract

    12/14/2009 5:12:35 AM PST · by Schnucki · 15 replies · 711+ views
    Times of India ^ | December 14, 2009
    WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency has terminated a contract with the security company formerly called Blackwater Worldwide that allowed the company to load bombs on CIA drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan, intelligence officials said. The contract gave employees with the company an operational role in one of the CIA’s most significant covert programs, which has killed dozens of militants with Predator and Reaper drones. The company’s involvement highlighted the extent to which the CIA had outsourced critical jobs to private companies since the 9/11 attacks. The contract with the company, now called Xe Services, was canceled this year by Leon...
  • Cease and Desist The Prosecution of 3 Navy Seals - Petition

    12/10/2009 5:12:32 AM PST · by blueyon · 14 replies · 684+ views
    gopetition ^ | 12/10/09 | blueyon
    If you would like to, I posted a link to sign a petition to Cease and Desist any and all charges brought against the 3 United States Navy Seals . So far there is 22,454 signatures
  • Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A

    12/11/2009 4:06:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies · 1,116+ views
    Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A. By JAMES RISEN and MARK MAZZETTI WASHINGTON — Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.’s most sensitive activities — clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and the transporting of detainees, according to former company employees and intelligence officials. The raids against suspects occurred on an almost nightly basis during the height of the Iraqi insurgency from 2004 to 2006, with Blackwater personnel playing central roles in what company insiders called “snatch and grab” operations, the former employees...
  • HUMAN EVENTS Petition To Free the SEALs

    12/11/2009 2:26:18 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 23 replies · 1,145+ views
    Human Events ^ | Dec. 10, 2009 | Human Events
    Secretary of Defense The Pentagon Washington, DC Dear Secretary Gates: We, the editors and staff of HUMAN EVENTS, and the many Americans who have attached their signatures to this petition, hereby request your personal intervention to dismiss the charges against Navy SEAL operators SO2 Jonathan Keefe, SO1 Julio Huertas and SO2 Matthew McCabe. These three men are charged with abusing a terrorist they captured in a daring nighttime raid on or about 1 September 2009. On that night, they -- as part of a platoon from SEAL Team 10 -- captured and detained Ahmed Hashim Abed, one of the most...
  • Free the Navy SEALs Now

    12/10/2009 6:15:13 PM PST · by raptor22 · 57 replies · 2,859+ views
    Investors Business daily ^ | December 10, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Law: American heroes are arraigned for allegedly punching a terrorist in wartime. What happens to Tiger Woods isn't vital to our country's future. What happens to Matthew McCabe, Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe is. People are more likely to recognize the names of Tiger's alleged bimbo eruptions than the names of these three Navy SEALs we sent into battle. They are not household names in a nation consumed with Climate Gate, the public option and the antics of billionaire athletes. An administration consumed with apologies has said the architect of 9/11's massacre, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, must be given all the...
  • Blaming Blackwater: Pakistan Awash in Conspiracy Theories

    12/08/2009 10:17:32 AM PST · by AJKauf · 2 replies · 292+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Dec. 8 | Annie Jacobsen
    In May 2009, NBC News aired David Gregory’s interview with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in which Mr. Zardari said that “we knew” that Osama bin Laden was “your operator” in the 1980s. He also said that he believed Osama bin Laden was working on behalf of the U.S. government to destabilize Pakistan and to “overthrow the first woman elected in an Islamic country.” Zadari claimed to have gotten that information from his late wife, Benazir Bhutto, who was the prime minister of Pakistan at the time. But perhaps the most outrageous allegation came just last month, from Pakistan’s Taliban...
  • Government Has Yet to Provide Evidence to Support Its Prosecution of Navy Seals for Alleged...

    12/08/2009 3:58:54 AM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies · 797+ views
    CNS ^ | Tuesday, December 08, 2009 | By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
    "Government Has Yet to Provide Evidence to Support Its Prosecution of Navy Seals for Alleged Punching of Terrorist" SNIPPET: "Norfolk, Va. ( – Though trial dates have been set for mid-January, defense attorneys for three Navy SEALs charged with offenses arising from the alleged punching a terror suspect in the mid-section said at an arraignment on Monday in Norfolk, Va., that the government still had not provided any evidence in the case. If defense attorneys do not get the evidence soon enough to review it, it might raise the need for a delay in the trial date, said Monica Lombardi,...
  • 2 of 3 accused SEALs to appear in court (outrageous)

    12/07/2009 9:42:05 AM PST · by pissant · 26 replies · 1,162+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 12/6/09 | Larry Odell
    RICHMOND, Va.—Two Navy SEALs are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in military court on charges that they mistreated an Iraqi suspect in the gory slayings of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah. One of the SEALs is accused of punching the detainee after his September arrest, while the other is accused of lying to investigators. A third SEAL also accused of lying to investigators about the episode will be arraigned later. All three men have men have received an outpouring of support from people who view them as heroes. A Facebook page created to support the SEALs had more than 45,000...
  • Blackwater founder Erik Prince tells Vanity Fair: 'I'm through'

    12/05/2009 8:14:48 PM PST · by Irisshlass · 64 replies · 3,100+ views
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | Dec 3, 2009 | Troy Reimink
    <p>It was reported this week that Holland native Erik Prince is severing ties to Blackwater, the controversial international security firm he founded, complaining that he had been "thrown under the bus."</p> <p>In that context, Vanity Fair's profile of Prince is a compelling read. Prince invited the magazine to tour the headquarters of Blackwater (now called Xe) in North Carolina and examine its operation in Afghanistan, presumably to clear the air.</p>
  • Navy Seals Could Face Year in Prison Over Alleged Punching of Terrorist

    12/05/2009 8:16:48 AM PST · by montag813 · 109 replies · 2,667+ views ^ | 12-05-09 | CNS News
    The Navy Seals facing court martial for the alleged abuse of a terror suspect arrested for killing four Americans face up to a year in military confinement, discharge for bad conduct, and forfeiture of two-thirds of their pay for a year, if convicted, according to defense attorneys.
  • Navy Seals Could Face Year in Prison Over Alleged Punching of Terrorist

    12/05/2009 9:36:21 AM PST · by socalgal · 6 replies · 705+ views ^ | Friday, December 04, 2009 | Fred Lucas
    The Navy Seals facing court martial for the alleged abuse of a terror suspect arrested for killing four Americans face up to a year in military confinement, discharge for bad conduct, and forfeiture of two-thirds of their pay for a year, if convicted, according to defense attorneys. Further, their attorneys said that the possibilty that they would not be able to cross-examine their clients' accuser would be grounds for dismissing the case. The accuser, Ahmed Hashim Abed, is the alleged architect of the murder of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. The bodies of the four...
  • Save the SEALs: A serious nation doesn't prosecute its heroes

    11/30/2009 8:05:45 PM PST · by Abakumov · 29 replies · 1,273+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2009 | Editorial
    The fact that this case has come this far shows an astonishing lack of perspective. While these three patriotic young men stand before a military judge to answer a terrorist complaint about an alleged thrown punch, CIA- and Air Force-operated drone aircraft rain hellfire missiles on terror suspects, killing them and anyone who happens to be nearby, whether or not they have the right target. Fighting a war is dirty business. As George Orwell is reputed to have said, "we sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would...
  • Dec 7 Navy SEALs Courts-Martial PROTEST - Norfolk Virginia

    11/30/2009 2:45:02 PM PST · by Saoirise · 60 replies · 4,551+ views
    Eagles UP | 11/30/2009 | Elyse A. Buongiorno
    Dec 7 Navy SEALs Courts-Martial PROTEST - Norfolk Virginia SUPPORT OUR TROOPS! Type: Causes - Protest Network: Global Date: Monday, December 7, 2009 Time: 8:00am - 6:00pm Location: Naval Station Norfolk City/Town: Norfolk, VA Description As most of you already know, some of our military’s most elite, the Navy SEALs are under fire from the US Government for none other than bloodying the lip of one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq, the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. Matthew McCabe, Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe & Petty Officer...
  • Clubbing Our Seals

    11/27/2009 5:09:19 PM PST · by raptor22 · 18 replies · 1,652+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 27, 2009 | IBD edirorial staff
    War On Terror: As Khalid Sheikh Mohammed receives the benefits of U.S. justice, three Navy SEALs face court-martial for allegedly punching a captured terrorist who hanged Americans from a bridge in Fallujah. Apparently our efforts to impress the world about the marvels of our criminal justice system require us to give foreign terrorists such as Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the man who invented the manned cruise missiles that flew into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and plowed into a Pennsylvania field on its way to the Capitol Building, the full rights and protections of the American citizens he conspired...
  • SEALs Who Caught High-Profile Terrorist Now Face Court-Martial

    11/27/2009 8:32:10 AM PST · by Irisshlass · 148 replies · 2,843+ views
    Human Events ^ | 11/26/2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    The military is throwing the book at three terrorist-hunting Navy SEALs who captured one of the most wanted in Iraq. It seems one of the commandos may have punched Ahmed Hashim Abed, who intelligence reports said planned the bloody ambush of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah, Iraq, five years ago. Instead of plaudits, three SEALs face court-martial in January. And conservatives are expressing outrage to HUMAN EVENTS. Abed, whom the U.S. command designated "Objective Amber," was nabbed in darkness Sept. 3 by a platoon of commandos from SEAL Team 10, based in Norfolk. The next few hours proved...
  • Navy SEALs who captured one of Iraq’s most wanted terrorists, facing charges... over a bloody lip.

    The SEALs took down Ahmed Hasim Abed, the alleged mastermind of a ghastly 2004 incident in which four American contractors who worked security for Blackwater USA, were murdered in Fallujah and two of the bodies were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River. But instead of being praised as heroes, the SEALs are all facing charges and have hired lawyers, reported.
  • Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist

    11/25/2009 8:55:22 AM PST · by Paige · 118 replies · 4,826+ views
    Fox News ^ | 11/24/2009 | Rowan Scarborough
    Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told
  • Navy SEALS Prosecuted for Slugging Barbarian

    11/25/2009 10:42:38 AM PST · by jazminerose · 25 replies · 1,535+ views ^ | 11/25/09 | Joy Tiz
    In yet another exercise in flaunting its “sensitivity”, the Navy is prosecuting three of our extraordinary Navy SEALS for slugging a terrorist. Not just any terrorist, mind you. Ahmed Hashim Abed was the mastermind of the annihilation and mutilation of four Blackwater security guards whose mission on that day was to transport supplies for a catering company. “The Fallujah atrocity came to symbolize the brutality of the enemy in Iraq,and the degree to which a homegrown insurgency was extending its grip over Iraq.” Little Abed was considered a high value target whose capture should be feted. Three of our elite...
  • Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist

    11/24/2009 11:45:09 AM PST · by Terrence DoGood · 638 replies · 27,028+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | By Rowan Scarborough
    Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And for their trouble, three of the SEALs, members of the Navy's elite commando unit, are now facing criminal charges, sources told The three have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral's mast — and requested a trial by court-martial. Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it....
  • US to drop shooting case against Blackwater guard (It was all a part of the permanent campaign)

    11/20/2009 6:35:46 PM PST · by tobyhill · 1 replies · 520+ views
    yahoo ^ | 11/20/2009 | MATT APUZZO
    The Justice Department intends to drop manslaughter and weapons charges against one of the Blackwater Worldwide security guards involved in a deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting, prosecutors said in court documents Friday. The shooting in busy Nisoor Square left 17 Iraqis dead and inflamed anti-American sentiment abroad. It touched off a string of investigations that ultimately led the State Department to cancel the company's lucrative contract to guard diplomats in Iraq. Iraqis have said they're watching closely to see how the U.S. judicial system handles the five men accused of unleashing an unprovoked attack on civilians with machine guns and grenades....
  • U.S. Covert Operations Buildup in Pakistan Anger Citizens

    10/29/2009 4:28:38 PM PDT · by mondoreb · 14 replies · 601+ views
    DBKP ^ | October 29, 2009 | Ginn
    Pakistan Bloggers Expose Blackwater and U.S Covert Ops in Pakistan Pakistanis Angered over U.S. Security Forces Antics University Town of Peshawar Center of Blackhawk Activies, U.S. to Employ 1,000 Marines to Guard U.S.'s Largest Embassy in Islamabad If you asked the average American what they knew about the war on terror and the U.S. military and Pakistan, they might tell you that the U.S. military involvement is a "small one", that the U.S. "involvement" is in the form of aid, or that the military is using drones to combat al-Qaeda based on reports by CNN and the MSM. While the...
  • Blackwater defense team seeks security (for defense/Baghdad)

    10/21/2009 9:04:44 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 335+ views
    Politico ^ | 10-21-09 | Josh Gerstein
    Lawyers for five former Blackwater contractors facing manslaughter charges over an alleged massacre in Iraq are demanding that the U.S. government arrange armed security for the defense team as it heads into the dangerous streets of Baghdad to gather evidence and interview witnesses. The Obama administration could soon face a stark choice: Order U.S. commanders in Iraq to give the defense attorneys a military escort for their trip, or throw into jeopardy the prosecution of one of the worst alleged atrocities of the Iraq war. The defense lawyers complain that U.S. prosecutors and FBI agents had military help to gather...
  • Federal judge closes hearings to public in trial of Blackwater security guards (Iraq)

    10/15/2009 10:36:02 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 1 replies · 227+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 15, 2009 | donal brown
    A U.S. district judge closed the Blackwater manslaughter pretrial hearings to the public, he said, to enable a fair trial by shielding witnesses and potential jurors from a flurry of media reports. -DB The Washington Post October 15, 2009 By Del Quentin WilberA federal judge blocked the public Wednesday from attending a critical set of pretrial hearings in the prosecution of five U.S. security contractors accused of killing 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in 2007.The hearings, which are expected to last through next week, will examine whether the government improperly used immunized statements by the Blackwater Worldwide security guards in its...
  • Blackwater 'Is Funded and Operated by the Global Zionists... Bent on Wreaking Havoc'

    10/07/2009 4:41:30 PM PDT · by SJackson · 15 replies · 781+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 10-7-09
    Article in Leading Pakistani Daily: Blackwater 'Is Funded and Operated by the Global Zionists... Bent on Wreaking Havoc' In an article in the Pakistani newspaper The Frontier Post, Pakistani writer Zaki Khalid calls the Blackwater private security firm a Crusader force operating as part of the global Zionist plan to destabilize Pakistan.Following are some excerpts from the article, entitled "Blackwater and Affiliates: History and Intentions," in the original English. [1] Bush Was Referring to Blackwater When He Said, After 9/11: "This Is Not a War, But a Crusade""Blackwater! This is the name of one of the world's...
  • Mercenary Troops Begin Takeover of American Towns

    09/29/2009 11:38:20 PM PDT · by The Conservative Yogini · 32 replies · 2,256+ views
    The Gadfly ^ | The Gadfly
    In the name of fighting terror, anything is permitted: FEMA camps, merc takeover of American towns, enemies of the state lists, the harassment of citizens, roadblocks, making lists of gun owners. The American people continue to support anything as long as it is branded with the “anti-terror” bumper sticker. People need to wake up. The excuse called “terror” will only last so long – until it is too late to regret. Our constitutional government is OVER. It is time that we stop trying to revive the corpse and start waking up to the reality that we need to stick together...
  • Blackwater involved in Bhutto and Hariri hits: former Pakistani army chief

    09/16/2009 4:23:06 AM PDT · by milestogo · 8 replies · 436+ views
    Blackwater involved in Bhutto and Hariri hits: former Pakistani army chief Tehran Times Political Desk TEHRAN - Pakistan’s former chief of army staff, General Mirza Aslam Beg (ret.), has said the U.S. private security company Blackwater was directly involved in the assassinations of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto and former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. Blackwater later changed its name and is now known as Xe. General Beg recently told the Saudi Arabian daily Al Watan that former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf had given Blackwater the green light to carry out terrorist operations in the cities of Islamabad, Rawalpindi,...
  • From Abu Ghraib To Kabul, Blackwater Members Are Drunk (propaganda)

    09/07/2009 6:43:33 AM PDT · by BCW · 23 replies · 1,238+ views
    Al Noor Newspaper (Baghdad) ^ | 06 SEPT 2009 | Not Given
    An American newspaper has revealed a new scandal committed by Blackwater (actually it was Armor Group - foreign 3rd world personnel) security guards protecting the American Embassy in the Afghan capital city of Kabul. The newspaper published a report titled ‘This is what our children are doing abroad’. The report said, “They are drinking vodka and peeing on themselves like animals. They intentionally run outside naked and then pour vodka over each other’s asses.” The newspaper wondered, “What makes the Pentagon deal with these ‘special companies’ that cause harm and kill in a criminal way?” The newspaper noted, “Their ‘gay...
  • CBS and Dan Rather should be held accountable (Warning: Graphic photos down thread)

    05/12/2004 9:43:09 AM PDT · by jg0510 · 149 replies · 481+ views
    I posted the following message on the CBS message board yesterday and also sent the same message to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. If you agree with my message, I would appreciate it if you would forward this e-mail to others in your address book. I believe this is very important and a "grass roots" effort may be the only way to force Dan Rather, CBS, and others to accept the responsibility of their careless and destructive actions: "I think all American citizens should be outraged at CBS for making the "abuse" pictures public. CBS has done serious damage to the...
  • C.I.A. Said to Use Outsiders to Put Bombs on Drones (Blackwater helps run the CIA Predators)

    08/23/2009 5:43:27 AM PDT · by tlb · 28 replies · 1,685+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 20, 2009 | JAMES RISEN and MARK MAZZETTI
    WASHINGTON — From a secret division at its North Carolina headquarters, the company formerly known as Blackwater has assumed a role in Washington’s most important counterterrorism program: the use of remotely piloted drones to kill Al Qaeda’s leaders, according to government officials and current and former employees. The division’s operations are carried out at hidden bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the company’s contractors assemble and load Hellfire missiles and 500-pound laser-guided bombs on remotely piloted Predator aircraft, work previously performed by employees of the Central Intelligence Agency. They also provide security at the covert bases, the officials said. The...
  • Blackwater Disclosure Adds to CIA Worries

    08/20/2009 7:21:48 PM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 20 replies · 667+ views
    washingtonpost ^ | Friday, August 21, 2009 | R. Jeffrey Smith and Joby Warrick
    News of 'Targeted Killing' Program Precedes Interrogation Report, Possible Probe The disclosure Wednesday of the CIA's decision five years ago to let a private security contractor help manage its sensitive effort to kill senior al-Qaeda members drew congressional criticism Thursday on the eve of key decisions by the Obama administration that current and former intelligence officials fear could compound the spy agency's political troubles. Those decisions include the expected release Monday of newly declassified portions of a 2004 CIA report that questions the legality and effectiveness of the agency's harsh interrogations at secret prisons. Additionally, Attorney General Eric H. Holder...
  • C.I.A. Sought Blackwater’s Help in Plan to Kill Jihadists

    08/19/2009 8:31:17 PM PDT · by james500 · 12 replies · 1,732+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 8/19/2009 | MARK MAZZETTI
    The Central Intelligence Agency in 2004 hired outside contractors from the private security contractor Blackwater USA as part of a secret program to locate and assassinate top operatives of Al Qaeda, according to current and former government officials. Executives from Blackwater, which has generated controversy because of its aggressive tactics in Iraq, helped the spy agency with planning, training and surveillance. The C.I.A. spent several million dollars on the program, which did not successfully capture or kill any terrorist suspects. The fact that the C.I.A. used an outside company for the program was a major reason that Leon E. Panetta,...
  • Blackwater Tied To CIA Assassination Plot [So What? Letters of Marque & Reprisal?]

    08/19/2009 7:50:52 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 35 replies · 1,193+ views
    NYTimes ^ | August 19, 2009
    Blackwater tied to CIA assassination plot Firm's officials were recruited in effort to kill top al-Qaida operatives By MARK MAZZETTI WASHINGTON - The Central Intelligence Agency in 2004 hired outside contractors from the private security contractor Blackwater USA as part of a secret program to locate and assassinate top operatives of Al Qaeda, according to current and former government officials. Executives from Blackwater, which has generated controversy because of its aggressive tactics in Iraq, helped the spy agency with planning, training and surveillance. The C.I.A. spent several million dollars on the program, which did not capture or kill any terrorist...
  • The Nation’s Blackwater Charge a Dud

    08/06/2009 10:45:43 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 6 replies · 515+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 6 | Bob Owens
    he Nation is claiming to have information from informants that Blackwater founder Erik Prince is some sort of delusional latter-day Templar Knight, ordering murders to cover up his plot to wage war against the Islamic world. If it sounds a bit far-fetched … well, it should. Without going into the specific allegations being made in the consolidated civil cases, logic and factual errors in claims made in the article are troubling. See this claim from a man who claims to be a former member of the Blackwater management team, identified as John Doe #2: "Using his various companies, [Prince] procured...
  • Blackwater Chief Accused of Murder, Gun-Running

    08/05/2009 2:02:23 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 13 replies · 1,251+ views ^ | August 5, 2009 | JUSTIN ROOD
    The head of Blackwater and his employees may have killed or ordered the killing of people suspected of cooperating with federal investigators probing their activities, according to an anonymous affidavit filed in federal court Monday. The affidavit, one of two filed Monday, makes an extraordinary bundle of claims about the former Blackwater CEO, Erik Prince, and his employees. The existence of the documents was first reported by the Nation magazine Tuesday. They were filed as part of a civil suit against Prince and Blackwater by several Iraqis, which accuse the firm and owner of war crimes, wrongful death and more....
  • US security firm Blackwater ends Iraq operation

    05/08/2009 12:51:17 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 14 replies · 1,400+ views
    AFP ^ | May 7, 2009 | Staff
    BAGHDAD (AFP) — US security firm Blackwater ended its operations in Iraq on Thursday, closing a controversial era for the company whose guards shot dead 17 civilians in Baghdad in 2007. "The task order for security protection operations held by Blackwater comes to an end today in Baghdad," American embassy spokeswoman Susan Ziadeh said, adding that Triple Canopy will replace it. The US State Department on March 31 awarded Virginia-based Triple Canopy a contract reportedly worth nearly a billion dollars to take over protection of US government personnel in Iraq. Linked agreements such as that for Presidential Airways, part of...
  • Blackwater Floats Private Navy To Fight Pirates (October 2008)

    04/08/2009 10:02:19 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies · 1,585+ views
    Forbes ^ | William Pentland, 10.23.08, 02:16 PM EDT
    In September, Somali pirates captured a Ukrainian ship bound for Kenya that had a cargo of 33 T-72 tanks and other military equipment. Despite the presence of a number of U.S. Naval vessels, the pirates have refused to return the ship until they receive a $35 million ransom. The brazen assault made headlines around the world, but it was simply the highest-profile attack in the region of late. More than 70 shipping vessels have been attacked off the coast of Somalia in the past year. Eleven of those ships and 200 crew members are still being held for ransom by...
  • Triple Canopy gets Blackwater account in Iraq

    04/03/2009 10:43:15 AM PDT · by chemical_boy · 13 replies · 1,075+ views
    World Tribune ^ | April 3, 2009
    WASHINGTON — A leading U.S. security firm, whose officers have been charged with killing Iraqis, has been replaced. The State Department has replaced Blackwater Worldwide as a leading security contractor in Iraq. Blackwater, now known as Xe, has been replaced by Triple Canopy a month before the contract with the former was scheduled to expire. "The department awarded Triple Canopy the ground task order for protective security details in Baghdad after a thorough evaluation of proposals from each company that had submitted bids," State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid said. In a briefing on April 1, Duguid said Triple, based in...
  • No forensic match for ammo in Blackwater shooting

    04/01/2009 5:50:06 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies · 894+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 1, 2009 | Matt Apuzzo
    FBI scientists were unable to match bullets from a deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting to guns carried by Blackwater Worldwide security guards, according to laboratory reports that leave open the possibility that insurgents also fired in the crowded intersection. Five Blackwater guards face manslaughter and weapons charges for their role in the shooting, which left 17 Iraqis dead and inflamed anti-U.S. sentiment abroad. Prosecutors say the contractors launched an unprovoked attack on civilians using machine guns and grenade launchers. The guards maintain their convoy was ambushed by insurgents. The FBI lab reports, obtained by The Associated Press from someone not involved...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Blackwater back in U.S. employ

    03/17/2009 10:29:23 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 27 replies · 1,080+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 17, 2009 | Jim McElhatton
    Days after the Baghdad government decided it no longer wanted the company then known as Blackwater in Iraq, the State Department signed a $22.2 million deal in February to keep the embattled contractor working there through most of the summer, contract records show. The decision keeps Blackwater - since renamed Xe - in Iraq months longer than anyone has suggested publicly, while raising questions about why the U.S. would pay a contractor for work in Iraq if it may not be able to operate there legally. The State Department has been under pressure from Blackwater critics, including several in Congress,...
  • Official: Blackwater contract for Iraq not renewed

    01/30/2009 11:57:13 AM PST · by SmithL · 49 replies · 1,164+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 1/30/9 | MATTHEW LEE, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- A senior U.S. official says the State Department will not renew Blackwater Worldwide's contract to protect American diplomats in Iraq when it expires in May.
  • Iraq bars Blackwater, tarnished by civilian deaths

    01/29/2009 6:02:16 AM PST · by BCW · 8 replies · 489+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 29 JAN 2009 | SINAN SALAHEDDIN
    Iraq said Thursday it will bar Blackwater Worldwide from providing security protection for U.S. diplomats because its contractors used excessive force, sanctioning a company whose image was irrevocably tarnished by the 2007 killings of 17 Iraqi civilians. The move will deprive American diplomats of their main protection force in Iraq. The decision not to issue Blackwater an operating license was due to "improper conduct and excessive use of force," ...
  • Iraq won't allow Blackwater to operate in country

    01/29/2009 3:23:32 AM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 12 replies · 754+ views
    AP, via Yahoo! News ^ | January 29, 2009 | SINAN SALAHEDDIN
    Iraq will not allow Blackwater Worldwide to continue providing security protection for U.S. diplomats in the country, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Thursday. (snip) The decision not to issue Blackwater an operating license was due to "improper conduct and excessive use of force," said Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf.