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Notorious Company Changes Its Name Again

Posted 12.15.2011 | Business

An infamous company is attempting a complete brand makeover -- again. The private security firm formerly known as Blackwater and most recently kno...

Biden: US To Appeal Dismissal Of Blackwater Case

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BAGHDAD — The U.S. will appeal a court decision dismissing manslaughter charges against five Blackwater Worldwide guards involved in a deadly 20...

Blackwater Trained The 'Hurt Locker' Actors

thenation.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

One of the stars of the widely acclaimed Iraq war film The Hurt Locker has revealed that the filmmakers hired the mercenary firm Blackwater while shoo...

Judge shuts public access to Blackwater hearings

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Wednesday shut down public access to pretrial hearings in the prosecution of five Blackwater security guards for allegedly killing Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.

The hearings will delve into whether government investigators were tainted by statements the guards gave shortly after the shootings on Sept. 16, 2007, that killed 14 unarmed civilians.

The guards gave the statements during a preliminary State Department inquiry, under a limited grant of immunity from prosecution, meaning the statements could not be used in the subsequent investigation that resulted in criminal charges.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina said he wants to shield witnesses and potential jurors from pretrial publicity.

In court on Wednesday, Urbina rejected a request by The Washington Post to open the proceedings, saying the rights of the five guards to a fair trial outweighed the public's interest in attending the proceedings.

Blackwater Settles Series Of Iraq Civil Lawsuits

AP | MIKE BAKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RALEIGH, N.C. — The security firm formerly known as Blackwater has reached a settlement in a series of federal lawsuits in which dozens of Iraqi...

Iraq Outraged As Blackwater Case Thrown Out

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Iraqis seeking justice for 17 people shot dead at a Baghdad intersection responded with bitterness and outrage Friday at a U.S. judge'...

Blackwater Contractor Saw Killing Iraqis As 9/11 Payback: Justice Dept

Mother Jones | Daniel Schulman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

One member of the Blackwater security team known as Raven 23 regularly bragged about his body count and viewed killing Iraqis as "payback for 9/11." ...

US Extends Iraq Contract For Blackwater Firm

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The State Department said Wednesday it has extended a contract for protecting U.S. diplomats in Iraq with a subsidiary of the secur...

Blackwater Continues Iraq Operations Without License

AP | MATTHEW LEE and MIKE BAKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Armed guards from the security firm once known as Blackwater Worldwide are still protecting U.S. diplomats in Iraq, even though the...

Government May Be Paying Blackwater To Work In Iraq Illegally

Washington Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Days after the Baghdad government decided it no longer wanted the company then known as Blackwater in Iraq, the State Department signed a $22.2 millio...

Blackwater by Any Other Name Would Still Smell Like Shit

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
ZP Heller

Maybe Blackwater thinks that by changing their name they can distance themselves from the manslaughter charges facing five Blackwater guards involved in the Nisour Square shooting.

Blackwater Sheds Tarnished Name: New Name Is 'Xe'

AP | MIKE BAKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

RALEIGH, N.C. — Blackwater Worldwide is still protecting U.S. diplomats in Iraq, but executives at the beleaguered security firm are taking thei...

Blackwater: A Smell by Any Other Name?

Patt Morrison | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patt Morrison

The Outfit Formerly Known as Blackwater made its bones and its less than salubrious name in Iraq. And now it wants to unmake its notoriety by changing its name to Xe.

Accused Guards Blur Line between Blackwater and Military

Brandon Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brandon Friedman

I've just come from a website which is designed to provide positive publicity for the accused former guards. It's also one of the most disingenuous, inappropriate things I've seen in a good while.

Blackwater Charges Unsealed: Guards Shot Civilians, Launched Grenade Into Girls' School, US Says

AP | LARA JAKES JORDAN and MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Wild, unprovoked gunfire and grenades killed 14 innocent Iraqis and hurt dozens more in a 2007 Baghdad attack, prosecutors said Mon...

Blackwater Guards Surrender In Baghdad Massacre

AP | LARA JAKES JORDAN and MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Wild, unprovoked gunfire and grenades killed 14 innocent Iraqis and hurt dozens more in a 2007 Baghdad attack, prosecutors said Mon...

Justice Department Close To Charging Blackwater Guards In Iraq Shooting

Washington Post | Del Quentin Wilber and Karen DeYoung | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Federal prosecutors have sent target letters to six Blackwater Worldwide security guards involved in a September shooting that left 17 Iraqi civilians...

Blackwater Repainted Trucks Immediately After Deadly Baghdad Shooting

AP | LARA JAKES JORDAN and MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Blackwater Worldwide repaired and repainted its trucks immediately after a deadly September shooting in Baghdad, making it difficult to determine whet...

Blackwater Guards Killed 14 Iraqis Without Cause Says FBI

New York Times | DAVID JOHNSTON and JOHN M. BRODER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Federal agents investigating the Sept. 16 episode in which Blackwater security personnel shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians have found that at least 1...