Blackwater to U.S. Gov’t: It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday
Blackwater/Xe: an unkillable contracting force, a permanent fixture on the landscape. It can barely lose a contract after killing Iraqi civilians. And now Justin Elliott at TPM has this catch:
A Xe official told the Commission on Wartime Contracting Friday that the company has contracts for security as well as for training Afghan police and a “drug interdiction unit.” Xe is also in the running for more work in Afghanistan. The comments of Xe Vice President Fred Roitz were first reported by the Virginia Pilot.
Face, meet palm. And remember: the State Department has yet to announce the award of the next round of its contract for protecting diplomats in war zones. Blackwater/Xe wants to keep its piece. This isn’t a CIA-connected private security company, it’s a George Romero character.