Blackwater Worldwide has been caught setting up front companies to collect military contracts. They do this to make it look as though the Pentagon isn’t really handing most taxpayer’s over to their friends. If you’ll remember Blackwater changed its name to Xe Services after it was finally caught murdering Iraqi civilians in September 2007.
Since 2001, the CIA has given $600 million in classified contracts to Blackwater and its affiliates. According to a United States government official.
The Senate Armed Services Committee has released a report identifying 31 affiliates of Xe Services. The report shows how far the government went in continuing to use a known human rights abuse for contract work. The network of fronts was used to cover up its continuing relationship with the government.
The C.I.A.’s continuing relationship with the company has drawn harsh criticism from some members of Congress. Many in Congress feel that such a company should not receive tax payer dollars.
I a agree.
At least two of the fronts XPG and Greystone, obtained secret contracts from the CIA. This was according to interviews with a half dozen former Blackwater officials.
A C.I.A. spokesman said this about Xe’s current contracted duties:
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Contractors “do the tasks we ask them to do in strict accord with the law; they are supervised by C.I.A. staff officers; and they are held to the highest standards of conduct… As for Xe specifically, they help provide security in tough environments, an assignment at which their people have shown both skill and courage.” – Paul Gimigliano
While Congressional investigators have identified other Blackwater-linked businesses… They said it was not their task find out how much money they actually received. Former officials said the founder Erik Prince was looking for ways to continue business after the civilian murder.
After awarding new contracts to Xe in June, C.I.A. director, Leon E. Panetta claimed they had cleaned up their act. I guess that means they’re supposedly not massacring civilians anymore.
Not only this, but Xe has been accused of obtaining large numbers of AK-47s and M-4 automatic weapons. But they’ve been arranging it so that it looks like it they were bought by a North Carolina sheriff’s department.
So basically the US government is still handing over tax payer dollars to horrible human rights violators. And I’m not taking about Israel.