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Blackwater Investigation

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...

Bigger Than Blackwater: Arming the U.A.E.

Hannah Gurman | Posted 08.20.2011 | World
Hannah Gurman

In this broader context of the U.S. willingness to provide arms for Gulf allies, direct contracts between the defense industry and the U.A.E. appear to be a win-win situation for everyone -- except the critics of the U.A.E. regime.

Efforts To Prosecute Blackwater Collapse

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Nearly four years after the federal government began a string of investigations and criminal prosecutions against Blackwater Worldwide personnel accus...

Blackwater Investigation Blocked By State Department Interference, Official Says

nytimes.com | JAMES RISEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- An official at the United States Embassy in Iraq has told federal prosecutors that he believes that State Department officials sought to...

Eric Prince and David Prentice: The Blackwater/Anti-Stemcell Connection

Don C. Reed | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Don C. Reed

What is the connection between Erik Prince, owner of Blackwater/Xe, perhaps the world's largest private army, and David Prentice, Ph.D, widely-known o...

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...

Blackwater Offers Training To 'Faith Based Organizations'

RebelReports | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In its ever-evolving re-branding campaign, Blackwater has created a new alter-ego for part of the company's business. Meet the "Personal Security Awar...

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." ...

Dog the Pirate Hunter???

Warren Holstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Avast, ye picaroons! If landlubber Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) has his way, good ole American privateers will be set loose on ye wily pillaging Somalian buccaneers and get all War of 1812 on yer booties.

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's First Television Ad For "Xe"

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Filipowicz

Yes, Blackwater is no more. Now they are "Xe." And what does "Xe" mean? Who the hell knows? But who says private contractors can't show their impressionistic and abstract side?

Blackwater's First Television Ad For "Xe"

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

I applaud Blackwater for not pulling a Prince and changing their name to a symbol. Though I must admit, it would have been fun calling them "The Mercenaries Formerly Known As Blackwater."

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: 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.

Going Out of Business: How Much Longer Will Iraq Be for Sale?

ZP Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
ZP Heller

The Iraq War and the interrogation of Iraqi prisoners ought to be the responsibility of highly-trained military personnel, not poorly-prepared contractors whose only goal is to make profits.

2005 Use of Riot Gas by Blackwater Leaves Questions

NY Times | James Risen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The helicopter was hovering over a Baghdad checkpoint into the Green Zone, one typically crowded with cars, Iraqi civilians and United States military...

Lawsuit Alleges Blackwater Guards Pumped On Steroids And Other "Judgment-Altering Substances"

CNN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A quarter of Blackwater security guards in Iraq use steroids and other "judgment-altering substances," according to a lawsuit filed by the families of...

Federal Grand Jury Opens Investigation Into Blackwater

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

Federal prosecutors have issued grand jury subpoenas to some of the Blackwater employees present at a Sept. 16 shooting in Baghdad in which the compan...

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...

State Dept Backs Down: Blackwater Won't Guard FBI Agents In Iraq Investigating Blackwater

TPM Muckraker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ome farces, it turns out, can be avoided. The FBI team traveling to Iraq at the behest of the State Department to assist in the investigation of Black...