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Spencer Ackerman reports: "The consortium in charge of restructuring the world's most infamous private-security firm just added a new chief in charge of keeping the company on the straight and narrow. Yes, John Ashcroft, the former US attorney general, is now an 'independent director' of Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater."

Former Attorney General John Ashcroft. (photo: file)
Former Attorney General John Ashcroft. (photo: file)

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+14 # William Shelton 2011-05-05 10:31
This is like the fox guarding the hen house, isn't it?
+11 # muskokajpm 2011-05-05 11:06
I don't believe it! Tell me, did he anoint himself? He usually does.
+3 # in deo veritas 2011-05-05 16:08
Should be "anointed" by every dog in the country.
+5 # in deo veritas 2011-05-05 16:09
There is no hen house left to guard. It has been burned down and all the occupants slain for the cause of unmitigated greed by the corporate fascists.
+6 # Dave W. 2011-05-05 21:29
William Shelton, Yes, you are correct. In related news "Acme Munitions" has announced that Wile E.Coyote will assume a "managerial position" within the firm and that his initial assignment will be to locate and sequester an individual known simply as "the Roadrunner." Despite his previous failures whilst employed by Acme, company officials have heartily endorsed Mr. Coyote's promotion and assured shareholders that his troubles are behind him. The "Roadrunner" could not be reached for comment but his answering machine did leave a "Beep,Beep" sound.
+2 # billy bob 2011-05-07 01:25
+10 # angelfish 2011-05-05 11:05
For whatever reason, the page re: Ashcroft and his association with Xe refuses to load...? No matter, it just goes to show you that the beat goes on and the Criminals STILL hold sway with that entity. How shameful that this Country STILL does business with them. Funny how so many Bush/Cheney Biggies fall right in with their kind of "business". I wonder what his salary will be? Probably nothing in comparison to what they've already ripped us off for, oh well, the bead DOES go on, and on and on...
+14 # fredboy 2011-05-05 11:30
No surprise here.

Isn't he the guy who tried to flush our Constitution down the toilet?

May he sing "The Eagle Soars" or whatever that silly song was at every one of their gatherings. :)
+13 # Inland Jim 2011-05-05 11:31
In a cesspool scum always rises to the top.
+11 # Gabby Hayes 2011-05-05 11:37
that's just hilarious. unfortunately it makes my eagle sore.
+10 # rm 2011-05-05 12:20
This is a really sick joke. But who else could Xe find to be their "ethics" officer. Mercenaries are condemned as a war crime by the Geneva Conventions. Everything about this company is unethical and criminal. It is mafia-style gang and should be shut down if we did not also have mafia-style gangs running our CIA and Pentagon.

As bad as Ashcroft is, he was one of the lesser evils in the Bush/Cheney administration. He was pushed out because he would not sign off on some of the worst illegalities. He was replaced by Alberto Gonzalez -- a totally brain dead lawyer.
+7 # in deo veritas 2011-05-05 16:05
ethics in the same breath as this group is an oxymoron of the most disgusting level.
+2 # in deo veritas 2011-05-05 16:06
Too bad the World Court doesn't hire the Mossad to take these people away in secrecy and silence. They got Eichmann-how hard could this be?
0 # KittatinyHawk 2011-05-05 17:22
What other kind of lawyer?
+13 # Sarah 2011-05-05 12:24
Oh, and let's not forget that this is the man who stood behind Clarence Thomas at his confirmation hearing, and participated in the hatchet job on Anita Hill.
+9 # muffy7 2011-05-05 12:26
Is this country going to continue to use Bushie's scummie companies to get the big contracts? Eric Prince should be in jail for life and the company disbanded. Just the place for the SOB Ashcroft, what a piece of trash he is.
+9 # retaxi2 2011-05-05 12:47
Taking out Osama should prove that the best groups to protect Americans abroad are those under the direction of the Commander in Chief, not free-booters or fee-booters like Blackwater aka Xe (pronounce Hee?). Seals and Special Ops are very professional and don't have bottom-liners telling them what to do. They have a code that transcends the company store.
+5 # in deo veritas 2011-05-05 16:03
These bastards are just a cadre for the corporate fascist Wall-Streeters protection just like the SS.
0 # KittatinyHawk 2011-05-05 17:24
Used to...hope they still do
+6 # FLYNAVY1 2011-05-05 12:49
They might just as well hired G. Gordon Liddy. I understand he is tired of teaching his ethics class at Cal Berkly.
+9 # CenTexDem 2011-05-05 13:21
Remember the Praetorian Guard - it was created after Rome's democracy fell to protect and serve the emperor and his wealthy elite. The wealthy elite are protected by private mercenaries in banana republics. Under GOP rule, America is fast becoming another banana republic in which the special interest groups of the GOP will employ companies like Blackwater to serve them.
+9 # fredboy 2011-05-05 13:42
What's next, hiring Charlie Manson to be their community relations officer?
+7 # Kayjay 2011-05-05 13:51
Hey this is a really great idea! I mean we all really TRUST this guy. Don't we?
+5 # giraffee2012 2011-05-05 14:30
No more contractors -- if the US government wants to continue WARS (under the pretense of democracy and not oil) then no more private military and re-instate the drafft. This is outrageous. This guy (along with Bush & company) belongs in JAIL.

Each can have a cell like the one the military stuck Private Manning in. Pvt. Manning's heroic deed has enlightened the public of the CRAP/corruption /etc in our government.

Do we have a democracy? Start with the Supremes: If they continue to "decide" by political sides --- they CAN be prosecuted. Starts in the House. Court is in the Senate --- But we'll have to wait until 2012 when America wakes up and votes. If YOU vote for a Repug -- you'll get another 4-8 years of "W" & company.

We may NEVER recover from the deeds of that administration.

DO NOT SIT HOME or NOT mail in your vote in 2012. JUST VOTE!! President Obama CANNOT fix 8+ years of corruption in 2-4 years. Ya think?
+2 # Burkey 2011-05-05 22:42
The voting machines don't necessarily work. Check out Dan Rather's report on HDTV. Or look up the EU nations that spent multimillions on electronic voting machines and then scrapped them because they can be hacked in under a minute. US still uses them.
+6 # Terrapin 2011-05-05 14:40
This is a Joke, right? ... An enterprise based on providing professional MURDERS anf THUGS for hire is worried about Ethics?
And the standard-bearer for these new-found ETHICS will be be man must responsible for turning this country into a Police State?
Well, on the other hand, he is a CHRISTIAN.
+9 # in deo veritas 2011-05-05 16:01
Regardless of whether or not reforms are put in place, these are still cutthroats and criminals and not to be trusted. NO ONE ever associated with the Bush crime family's reign of deceit should ever be trusted.
+10 # billy bob 2011-05-05 18:23
Associating ashcroft with "ethics" is like puting bin laden in charge of the F.A.A.
+6 # reiverpacific 2011-05-05 19:37
To be a little bit fair -if such a word can be employed in the context of ANY member or servant of the worst administration in living history (and probably beyond) Ashcroft was a little more ethical and competent than that joke of a subsequent A.G., Alberto "I can't quite recall!" Gonzales. He is just another in the long line of Bush-the-liar appointees we seem to be stuck with, including Roberts and Ailito in the supreme "Lawyers-with-r obes" and now absolutely and clearly advocates for the corporate plutocrats who pull their strings. Wonder if he'll root out porn in the ranks or throw a blanket over the past crimes of these free-for-all and Messianically-d riven private contractors, often drawn from some of the worst armed mercenary scum around the planet? You can change the name of a malignant cancer, like "Blackwater" to Xe services, or "School of the Americas" to the "Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation" but it is still a a malignant cancer by whatever seemingly fair name you put on it. Same with individuals of whatever persuasion they operate under, to gain power over others and personal lucre.
+6 # Sukumar 2011-05-05 20:19
I think his main job would be to ensure that all boobs at Blackwater/Xe are covered.
+1 # God Dont Like Ugly 2011-05-05 21:00
Excellent Sukumar! Thank you for the much-needed laugh.
+1 # propsguy 2011-05-05 23:03
well, at least someone got a job during the recession. unemployment just went down
+1 # gene small 2011-05-06 11:17
As Shakespear would say, "What shit this be".
+1 # ImaLouiseWright 2011-05-06 15:02
ashcroft redefined torture for xe. it now means-it's only torture if u find the body.
+1 # Sheila Cook 2011-05-06 21:30
Oh, m'god. They've got to be kidding.
0 # Bill Slosky 2011-05-07 07:00 oximoron if I ever heard one...
0 # Don Thomann 2011-05-08 13:54
'ETHICS' Ala Ashcroft and ala Xe:
"When we do it, it's 'security,'
when they do it, it's 'terrorism.'"
0 # wleming 2011-05-08 14:45
how about the perjurer clarence thomas, or the corporate schill scalia, or the absolute reactionary roberts to fill ashcrofts shoes- should this moral amoeba pass on the post. and here he is doing a real bad frank sinatra.... who are these pathetic people? of course, they've made the u.s. what it is. have a good look.

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