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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...

Federal Investigation Launched To Look Into Alleged Blackwater Bribery

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is investigating whether security contractor Blackwater Worldwide tried to bribe Iraqi officials to allow th...

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...

Blackwater Said To Approve Iraqi Payoffs After Shootings

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Former top executives at Blackwater Worldwide say the U.S. security contractor sent about $1 million to its Iraq office with the intention of paying 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." ...

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...

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.

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 In Iraq: Won't Be Allowed To Work There

AP | BRIAN MURPHY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Gunmen apparently targeting political candidates staged attacks around Iraq on Thursday, leaving at least three people dead as Iraqi f...

Blackwater Guards Could Get 30 Years In Jail For Massacre

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

WASHINGTON — Five Blackwater Worldwide security guards have been indicted and a sixth was negotiating a plea with prosecutors for a 2007 shootin...

Blackwater Guards Close To Indictment, WaPo Reports

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Half a dozen Blackwater Worldwide security guards have gotten target letters from the Justice Department in a probe of shootings in...

Blackwater Getting Out Of Security Business

AP | MATT APUZZO and MIKE BAKER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

MOYOCK, N.C. — Blackwater Worldwide said Monday that it planned a shift away from the security contracting business that earned it millions of d...

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.

Blackwater's Iraq Contract Renewed Despite Investigations

AP | ANNE GEARAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Amid investigations into fatal shootings of civilians and allegations of tax violations, Blackwater USA's multimillion-dollar contr...