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The North Carolina mercenary firm once called Blackwater is still getting lucrative government contracts.
The CIA recently awarded Xe Services, the massive guns for hire company run by former Navy SEAL Erik Prince, a $100 million contract to guard agency facilities in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world.
The new contract comes on the heels of a $120 million deal with the State Department to provide “protective security services” at U.S. consulate facilities in Afghanistan.
The contracts come in the same month that Iraq expelled 250 former employees of the mercenary firm and three years after company operatives opened fire and massacred Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.
The company is known for its “cowboy mentality” with gung-ho security personnel recruited from the ranks of military special forces units.
Company operatives, including Xe chairman Prince, are under investigation for a variety of crimes, including threats, blackmail and murder.
CIA and State Department officials, however, claim the company has “undergone some serious changes” and defended the decision to award a new contract to the mercenaries.
“They have people who do good work, at times in some very dangerous places. Nobody should forget that, either,” a U.S. official told The Washington Post.