Blackwater – Where Will It Turn Up in Mideast Turmoil or Here at Home

Posted on February 20, 2011


SamHenry likes to sniff around the web for sites we should know about Here’s one:

Blackwaterwatch.net

Now known alternatively as Xe watch, it has changed to accommodate the name change of the company it monitors, Blackwater, the private security firm that has been getting headlines for its misdeeds in Iraq and elsewhere in the service of the US  military, Disneyworld, and others.  A mercinary “army” as large as this in a free country should be a concern.  They adapt our tactics, have entree into classified areas and information. Here is a word about the motivating force behind blackwaterwatch.net:

Xe Watch (formerly Blackwater Watch) was formed in 2007 as a spin off of North Carolina Stop Torture Now . Headquartered in North Carolina, Xe Watch seeks to shine a light on Blackwater USA specifically, and private armies/mercenaries generally, with respect to their human rights violations, absence of accountability and their profiteering at the expense of, and lobbying for, war and conflict. Xe Watch represents a growing contingent of concerned individuals and groups including, but not limited to, human rights and peace activists, people of faith, civil libertarians, and veterans. We are in solidarity with the people in San Diego, California, Mount Carroll, Illinois and Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho who are fighting Xe’s mercurial growth and expansion.

We have tens of thousands of armed contractors in Iraq defending the Green Zone, defending the military, defending contractors…But they’re not part of the military command structure.” – George Washington University Professor Steve Schooner, an expert on military contracting.

Blackwater Victims Defense Fund

Check out their facts about the Blackwater training facility, the size of their “troops” and more.  And then check out Blackwater at

www.xecompany.com

At the time Blackwater changed its name, this was the post in the NY Times:

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Blackwater Worldwide is abandoning the brand name that has been tarnished by its work in Iraq, settling on Xe (pronounced zee) as the new name for its family of two dozen businesses.

Blackwater Lodge and Training Center, the subsidiary that conducts much of the company’s overseas operations and domestic training, has been renamed U.S. Training Center Inc., the company said Friday.

The company’s rebranding effort grew more urgent after Blackwater guards in Baghdad were involved in a shooting episode in September 2007 that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead.

Blackwater’s president, Gary Jackson, said in a memo to employees that the new name reflected the company’s shift away from providing private security. He has said the company is going to focus on training.

Last month, Iraqi leaders said they would not renew Blackwater’s license to operate in Iraq; the State Department said later that it would not renew Blackwater’s contract to protect diplomats when it expired in May.

A Blackwater spokeswoman, Anne Tyrrell, acknowledged the need to shake the company’s past in Iraq. “Certainly that is an aspect of our work that we feel we were defined by,” she said.

As things get “curioser and curioser” here in the states, you need to watch along with those at blackwaterwatch.  This isn’t just any other American business enterprise.  It’s a private army with all the attendant capabilities. Oh, and with the blow up in the Middle East and the spreading domestic demonstrations, it will be interesting to see where Xecompany turns up.

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