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Blackwater’s contract extended in Iraq

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September 2, 2009

The State Department is extending its Iraq war contract with the mercenary company Blackwater USA, now known as Xe, for an "indefinite" period that sources say could be for "weeks or months," ABC News is reporting.

Blackwater’s contract, set to expire on Sept. 4, will continue until a replacement contractor, Dyncorp, can get up to speed.

Under the contract, a Blackwater subsidiary, Presidential Airways, provides air transport around Iraq for American embassy employees.

Dyncorp is not fully staffed and certified to take over the transporation and Blackwater’s contract remains in place.

The Iraqi government banned Blackwater from operating in Iraq after its guards opened fire in crowded Baghdad traffic in 2007, killing 17 Iraqis but the State Department continued to use the controversial mercenary firm in the face of protests.

Five Blackwater guards were charged with 35 counts of manslaughter and one turned informant against his former colleagues.

 

4 Responses to Blackwater’s contract extended in Iraq

  1. woody188

    September 2, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Fact: There are more mercenaries in Afghanistan than US military. They are conveniently referred to as “contractors” but they don’t lay pipe, pour concrete, paint, or wire buildings. Killing is their business, and business is good.

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  2. Carl Nemo

    September 3, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    It’s stunning that our government would renew Blackwater Worldwide’s contract especially in light of the fact that the it’s founder and owner Erik Prince and associates are under suspicion of murder as the result of an ongoing Federal investigation. Also employees that were accused of murder in Iraq have yet to stand trial for their activities. Our seemingly rogue government evidently enjoys the company of rogue contractors on the payroll…no?!

    This unequivocally convinces me as to how far gone and corrupt our government has become in these end times.

    Our nation, a terminal patient is now on death watch with its vital signs growing ever weaker due to the criminally disposed partisan cancer that’s metastasized within its body… : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  3. Old_Cannonballs

    September 4, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Blackwater is going to be replaced by DynCorp? That’s the same company that prompted Cynthia McKinney ask Donald Rumsfeld, “Mr. Secretary, I watched President Bush deliver a moving speech at the United Nations in September 2003, in which he mentioned the crisis of the sex trade. The President called for the punishment of those involved in this horrible business. But at the very moment of that speech, DynCorp was exposed for having been involved in the buying and selling of young women and children. While all of this was going on, DynCorp kept the Pentagon contract to administer the smallpox and anthrax vaccines, and is now working on a plague vaccine through the Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program. Mr. Secretary, is it [the] policy of the U.S. Government to reward companies that traffic in women and little girls?” Her question elicited Rumsfeld’s fatuous remark to the effect that DynCorp had been “put in the penalty box.” Well I guess they’re out now.

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  4. Carl Nemo

    September 5, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks Old_Cannonballs for posting DynCorp’s sterling bonafides as “white slavers”…! /:|

    This too confirms my belief that our government is suffering from terminal, core rot and its time to start anew.

    The ballot box seemingly is like watching paint dry concerning any positive change…no?! These Congressional and Executive Branch crimpols evidently feel all too smug having grabbed this nation by our collective short hairs.

    It’s a continual “ouch” for us while they laugh all the way to the bank; ie., their offshore accounts… : |

    Carl Nemo **==