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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 08:10 AM
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Blackwater/ Xe is just a corporate front organization for the CIA.
Blackwater Won Contracts Through a Web of Companies
By JAMES RISEN and MARK MAZZETTI

WASHINGTON Blackwater Worldwide created a web of more than 30 shell companies or subsidiaries in part to obtain millions of dollars in American government contracts after the security company came under intense criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq, according to Congressional investigators and former Blackwater officials.

While it is not clear how many of those businesses won contracts, at least three had deals with the United States military or the Central Intelligence Agency, according to former government and company officials. Since 2001, the intelligence agency has awarded up to $600 million in classified contracts to Blackwater and its affiliates, according to a United States government official.

The Senate Armed Services Committee this week released a chart that identified 31 affiliates of Blackwater, now known as Xe Services. The network was disclosed as part of a committees investigation into government contracting. The investigation revealed the lengths to which Blackwater went to continue winning contracts after Blackwater guards killed 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in September 2007. That episode and other reports of abuses led to criminal and Congressional investigations, and cost the company its lucrative security contract with the State Department in Iraq.

The network of companies which includes several businesses located in offshore tax havens allowed Blackwater to obscure its involvement in government work from contracting officials or the public, and to assure a low profile for any of its classified activities, said former Blackwater officials, who, like the government officials, spoke only on condition of anonymity.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/04/world/middleeast/04blackwater.html?_r=1&ref=global-home
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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 08:14 AM
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1. Recommended
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Billy Burnett Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 08:20 AM
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2. And the CIA is a gov't front for corporations.
One hand washes the other.




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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 09:31 AM
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7. nicely put
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another saigon Donating Member (450 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 04:23 PM
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14. great book
imagine if more than a few americans were aware of this.
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JerseygirlCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 08:26 AM
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3. K&R for the hope of sunshine disinfectant... nt
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 08:28 AM
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4. Sarah Pale Horse (R ) & Co. also uses a web of occult shell corporations
Edited on Sat Sep-04-10 08:32 AM by SpiralHawk
By the same token, the Teabaggers are pretty much a Republicon, Inc. shell "movement."

It is a primary Republicon modus operandi to Go Occult.

Palin apparently uses the same business model as Blackwater.

http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2010/10/sarah-palin-201010

"Palins belief that evil surrounds her may account for the secretive nature of her business arrangements. SarahPAC staffers and contractors have made what seem like concerted efforts to disclose an absolute minimum of information. Palins tours around the country are supported by a network of organizations that are not always what they claim to be..."
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 10:38 AM
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9. Evil does surround her. She creates it, swims in it. Wallows in it. It's her habitat.
And it's attempting to encroach on healthy systems.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 10:50 AM
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10. Even the so-called 'very elect' shall be deceived*
Edited on Sat Sep-04-10 10:51 AM by SpiralHawk


* So THEY say.
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ProfessionalLeftist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 08:44 AM
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5. It's the Kochtopus business model.
They're all doing it.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 08:49 AM
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6. fascist paramilitary outfit
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 09:39 AM
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8. Well, if DU'ers REALLY wanted to make a difference they'd support the movement
Edited on Sat Sep-04-10 09:39 AM by KittyWampus
to end military contracting and laud every movement in that direction.

But as usual, even when things DO HAPPEN in Washington that move in the right direction, DU'ers ignore them and focus like lemmings on the negative path that leads over the cliff.

But HEY, some DU'er posted this thread with a provocative thread title and then lots of other DU'ers will recommend it.


A subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold hearings on Defense Secretary Robert Gates' decision to cut the Pentagon's military contracting budget by 10 percent a year for the next three years.
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics/2010/08/the_xx_will_hold_hearings.html
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HankyDubs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-05-10 08:39 AM
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21. well that's a fair assessment
Edited on Sun Sep-05-10 08:40 AM by HankyDubs
and by no means a blanket indictment slapped together and combined with childish insults

:sarcasm:
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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 11:51 AM
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11. Capitalism's Invisible Army runs like a Swiss watch.
A well-oiled Swiss watch.

Know your BFEE: Spawn of Wall Street and the Third Reich

Thank you for the heads-up on Risen and Mazzetti's article, Jeffersons Ghost. Must-read.

Hey, Prince! How are things in Abu Dhabi?
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Dystopian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 01:40 PM
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12. KandR
peace~
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Jeffersons Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 04:17 PM
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13. thanks for ALL the kicks and recs.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 08:29 PM
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15. K & R n/t
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JonBenet Ashcroft Donating Member (15 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 08:35 PM
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16. Link: Harper's Mag: CIA alarmed by Blackwater connections
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JonBenet Ashcroft Donating Member (15 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 08:35 PM
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17. Link 2: Erik Prince funds right-wing religious causes & more
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Dystopian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 10:40 PM
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18. .............
:kick:

peace~
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leveymg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 11:47 PM
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19. NYT: "Confederate States May Have Employed Forced Labor,"
No shit. Whoever writes the Times' headlines takes the cake.
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rucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-04-10 11:48 PM
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20. Corporations really are like people.
I spin myself off into several different people all the time. Doesn't everybody?
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LatteLibertine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-05-10 08:52 AM
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22. Look at who
Edited on Sun Sep-05-10 08:55 AM by LatteLibertine
attends the Bilderberg Meetings. They almost always have someone involved in "national security".

The most wealthy minority and their corporations have a solid grip on the government. This definitely includes much of secret service agencies, the military and our police.

This stuff is going to continue to go on as long as the masses buy into mindless nationalism and so called patriotism. People need to stop being cowardly about opposing unjust wars and war profiteering.
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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-05-10 09:59 AM
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23. I don't think they are a 'front'. I think they are a hired sub-contractor


by the CIA. they play nice together as they rake in the dough.
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