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Jason Ditz reports: "The Pentagon has announced that it is hiring US Training Center Inc. (USTC), a subsidiary of Blackwater International - which renamed itself Xe Services after being humiliated by multiple Iraq lawsuits - to a major contractor for 'counter-narcoterrorism activities in Afghanistan.'"

Erik Prince, founder of the private military company Xe - formerly known as Blackwater - testifies before a Congressional committee, 08/06/09. (photo: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty)
Erik Prince, founder of the private military company Xe - formerly known as Blackwater - testifies before a Congressional committee, 08/06/09. (photo: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty)



Xe (Blackwater) Hired to Do Afghanistan Drug War "Intel" Work

By Jason Ditz, Antiwar.com

18 August 11

 

Looks like Blackwater has successfully escaped their past. Xe, as they are now called, continues to rack up government contracts. -- SMG/RSN

 

he Pentagon has announced that it is hiring US Training Center Inc. (USTC), a subsidiary of Blackwater International (which renamed itself Xe Services after being humiliated by multiple Iraq lawsuits), to a major contractor for "counter-narcoterrorism activities in Afghanistan/a>."

The deal to bring USTC to bear in the Afghan drug war comes despite probes by both the Defense and State Departments of misconduct by Blackwater officials within Afghanistan, including reports that they misled officials and misappropriated government weaponry.

The new contract would have them providing "intelligence analyst support and material procurement" for NATO in the ongoing Afghan drug war, with Blackwater CEO Ted Wright said underscored their ability to provide "all-source intelligence expertise."

The company's constant efforts to "rebrand" seem to be aimed primarily at hiding from the public scorn Blackwater earned in Iraq, but don't appear to be necessary from administration perspectives, as the US continues to eagerly hire them for multi-million dollar deals.

 

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+33 # Kayjay 2011-08-18 15:42
They may have renamed themselves and thus their business of war profiteering is back on track. But Xe services' actions and shit still stink!
 
 
+6 # jobangles 2011-08-19 15:04
They want to make sure the poppy fields stays in the hands of the "right people. Much too profitable to let the wrong people control the trade.
 
 
+25 # Susan W 2011-08-18 20:56
And in the meantime we hear nothing but harping about the budget deficit and those greedy seniors sucking up their Social Security payments. What a fucked up country that they can blow money on these scumbags to police Afghanistan but there is no money to spend here at home!

When will the insanity end?
 
 
+12 # Bill Clements 2011-08-19 06:03
Thank you, Susan W, for putting a fine point on this by going at it from the perspective of the sorts of corrosive and corrupt decisions our elected officials make with our money, decisions that reward the very worst out there in the corporate world and do real damage to the lives of ordinary Americans.
 
 
+21 # Bill Clements 2011-08-18 21:26
Unbelieveable! Apparently, the Pentagon could give a rat's ass about Blackwater/Xe's past actions. Usually, there's a price to be paid, but in this case, the price to be paid is whatever Blackwater/Xe charges for their services.

Do you have a singled person in Obama's administration protesting this, much less the President?

I know I'm not the only one who has written the White House on this issue multiple times, but we're obviously wasting our time.

Galling and pathetic.
 
 
+6 # rtrues54 2011-08-19 14:04
Quoting Bill Clements:
Unbelieveable! Apparently, the Pentagon could give a rat's ass about Blackwater/Xe's past actions. Usually, there's a price to be paid, but in this case, the price to be paid is whatever Blackwater/Xe charges for their services. Do you have a singled person in Obama's administration protesting this, much less the President?

I know I'm not the only one who has written the White House on this issue multiple times, but we're obviously wasting our time.

Galling and pathetic.



OBAMA MUST BE CHALLENGED FROM THE LEFT!!!!
 
 
+21 # angelfish 2011-08-18 21:34
A Turd by any other name remains a TURD! Get rid of these Murderous, Criminal, Mercenary Hacks supported by the K.N.F.P. (Koch/Norquist Fascist Party) in Congress! These are the miscreants who tarnish America's good name in the eyes of the free World with their dirty deeds and dishonorable behaviors!
 
 
+12 # Bill Clements 2011-08-19 06:17
Excellently put, angelfish! The unvarnished truth is always best. Why mince words, especially when it's Blackwater/Xe?
 
 
+14 # marvingentz 2011-08-18 22:29
Based upon the morality and inefficiency of Xe, I feel that all of their employees should be deported and banned from employment in this country.
 
 
+16 # maddave 2011-08-18 22:57
Background: A kilo of raw Afghan opium can be bought in Islamabad for $300. By the time it reaches America as heroin, it has a street price is $250,000 - plus. A gross profit margin of 99.9988%

Just what we need in our on-going, lost War on Drugs: the Pentagon's hiring a greedy, mercenary, (allegedly) criminal force to bring the world's richest source of illicit drugs to heel. Yeah, Sure! Would you hire a fox to guard your hen house? An alky to secure your booze locker? What in hell's name can these idiots in DC possibly be thinking? Why are we still doing business with this outfit?

You wanna collapse the opium market, America? Then decriminalize, control and tax recreational drugs like we do alcohol & tobacco. As the outrageous profits begin to disappear, the illicit drug trade will follow right along - to oblivion. It ought not take more than a year - or two. Max!
 
 
+3 # Glen 2011-08-19 12:41
You have common sense in this matter, maddave, and one that I once had. No longer. When one realizes the number of people benefiting from any drug trade on the planet, much less in the U.S., you realize the futility of controlling it on any level. Those benefiting are going to fight legalization, and have, and are winning.
 
 
+9 # firefly 2011-08-19 02:47
Does, 'counter narcoterrorism' mean to fight the people who are trying to get rid of poppy fields? I love terms like that! If one trains a large portion of one's young men and women to blindly follow orders and that it is okay to kill people and then send them home to a place of incredibly high unemployment one cannot be surprised when they take jobs like Xe.
 
 
+11 # BobHG 2011-08-19 04:06
The corporatocracy rolls on. It has to have its own way, irrespective of the suffering it causes, both at home and abroad. So much money is wasted on needless wars and special ops in 120 countries which would provide health care for every American, COLA for seniors and quality education or all, at all levels.
 
 
+8 # boudreaux 2011-08-19 07:38
Blackwater has left it trail in history all over this war and now renamed themselves the X-Men. Does the government think that the war on drugs will stop or be hindered, shit,it will come here easier than before. Transported by the X-men via the USA...
I happen to agree with maddave, legalize all of it and let all of the worthless junkies kill themselves with whatever they want and that might wipe out some of them but will keep our country more honest, when it comes to drugs,we have been fighting this war for over 30, 40 or more years and will never win it. As long as there is dope, dopers will be there. Let them have all they want and make it legal, I can assure you that there will be more junkies dying than cancer victims but we won't call these people victims, just Junkies...this is all said to you from; One Old Junkie to all of the new ones...and just like the X-Men, I had to rename myself as an E-junkie...I was worth nothing then, but now, I am somebody, thanks to a strong mind and the desire to not live like that.
Let em all rot in hell along with Blackwater and the X-men..we'll be a better country without them.....
 
 
+9 # Diane Johnson 2011-08-19 08:47
How dare our government allow the traing finance job be done at taxpayer expense.. Mr princes group and now his shell corporations affiliated with radical religious right need to face charges for their crimes. not a subsidy. dj
 
 
+10 # futhark 2011-08-19 10:00
I say send all the Xe corporation employees, from the CEO down, to Afghanistan with one way tickets and don't allow any of them back into the United States. They are giving America a bad name in the world with their crass criminality. Deport the SOB's. If Afghanistan won't take them, find a nice, uninhabited Pacific atoll slightly above the current sea level for them, where they can live out their days in splendid tropical comfort as the polar ice caps melt.
 
 
+4 # jwb110 2011-08-19 10:41
When Iraq or Afghanistan ask for American Troops to stay and keep the peace in their countries, let them hire BlackWater troops and pay for them out of their pockets.
 
 
+2 # davidhp 2011-08-20 08:21
It should be illegal for the U.S. government to hire mercenaries like Xe/Blackwater. A corporate sponsored army owned by a right wing religous zealot. Why does the U.S. government want to group to get all this combat experience - it makes you wonder doesn't it?
 

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