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what was done and by whom at the CIA under the Bush administration, people are remaining tight-lipped

Original post made by Blackwater XE, San Ramon, on Aug 20, 2009

As you quite well know, Eric Prince, founder, President and CEO of Blackwater, is a Religious Christian Master Of War, with Major ties to the US Government. Can you say "Ethnic Cleansing"? CIA-Gov and Price can, will and do

Well connected private military contractors are the ONLY winner in the "war on terror" people!

Analysis: Blackwater has longstanding ties to CIA
Suzanne Simons is an executive producer at CNN as well as author of the book "Master of War: Blackwater USA's Erik Prince and the Business of War" (Collins, June 2009).

(CNN) -- The private military contractor formerly known as Blackwater has held classified contracts with the Central Intelligence Agency for nearly a decade, but an allegation that the contractor was part of a secret CIA program to kill al Qaeda operatives -- if true -- would take the relationship to a whole new level.

The CIA hired the private security firm Blackwater USA in 2004 to work on a covert program aimed at targeting and potentially killing top al Qaeda leaders, a source familiar with the program told CNN.
Former company executives deny knowing about the program. Current leaders of the company did not return calls to CNN. The CIA won't comment on classified contracts.

The classified program, canceled by CIA director Leon Panetta earlier this year, was part of a broader effort inside the CIA to develop the capacity to conduct training, surveillance and possible covert operations overseas, according to the source. The program was outsourced to contractors to "put some distance" between the effort and the U.S. government.

Other contractors were brought in for other parts of the program, another source said, and Blackwater's involvement ended by mid-2006.
But one thing is clear: The company that renamed itself Xe earlier this year in an effort to escape controversy surrounding a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqis dead has had a long relationship with the world's most famous spy agency.

When Erik Prince first opened his Blackwater training facility in the late '90s, his clients included special forces teams and law enforcement agencies from around the country. Prince had expressed frustration with the training facilities he visited during his time as a Navy SEAL, and a sizable inheritance allowed him the financial freedom to retire from the military and try his hand at creating a better facility.

His first clients were indeed SEAL teams. But they also included teams from other government agencies, including the CIA. Case officers and protection details, the people generally accustomed to working in the shadows, began showing up for training on the shooting range or the driving track in a rural part of North Carolina.

When then-CIA Executive Director Alvin "Buzzy" Krongard, whose own son was a Navy SEAL, visited the facility, former Blackwater President Gary Jackson suggested he meet with Prince, who worked out of an office in the Washington area. The two had lunch and Krongard immediately took a liking to the man who would later lead the world's most notorious private contracting company.

At the time, contacts like these were essential to building the business, so when terror struck the heart of America in September 2001, Prince called up his new friend Krongard and offered to help. Sources inside the agency at the time say that Krongard in fact, was pushing hard for Blackwater to be given the first urgent and compelling, no-bid contract to protect CIA facilities in Afghanistan. The military, it seems, wasn't up to the task of staffing such an effort.

Once awarded the initial contract, Prince maintained a close relationship with Krongard, and made trips to Afghanistan to make sure things were going smoothly.

The idea that the agency came to Blackwater for help on any other contracts, including one with the overall goal of locating and assassinating al Qaeda operatives, wouldn't come as a huge surprise, particularly since so much of the intelligence budget is spent on private contractors.

But with investigations under way into just what was done and by whom at the CIA under the Bush administration, people are remaining tight-lipped. Especially under the threat of possible prosecution, should it go that far.

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Posted by What?
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 20, 2009 at 9:41 pm

"At the time, contacts like these were essential to building the business, so when terror struck the heart of America in September 2001, Prince called up his new friend Krongard and offered to help. Sources inside the agency at the time say that Krongard in fact, was pushing hard for Blackwater to be given the first urgent and compelling, no-bid contract to protect CIA facilities in Afghanistan."

Some say that the CIA used Blackwater to blow the TWIN TOWERS!

Get IT?


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Posted by Pissed off too...
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Blacwater (XE) is NOT out of Iraq as the Government claimed.

Why not pay $1500 a day for contractors per man? We have loads of cash don't we? It does seem that Blackwater (XE), Halliburton and other contractors are the benefactors of these wars.

Check this out:

CIA outsources Predator work
Blackwater assembles and loads missiles for covert al Qaeda strikes.
By James Risen and Mark Mazzetti

THE NEW YORK TIMES


Friday, August 21, 2009

WASHINGTON — From a secret division at its North Carolina headquarters, the company formerly known as Blackwater has assumed a role in Washington's most important counterterrorism program: the use of remotely piloted drones to kill al Qaeda leaders, according to government officials and current and former employees.

The division's operations are carried out at hidden bases in Shamsi, Pakistan, and Jalalabad, Afghanistan, where the company's contractors assemble and load Hellfire missiles and 500-pound laser-guided bombs on remotely piloted Predator aircraft, work previously performed by employees of the Central Intelligence Agency. They also provide security at the covert bases, the officials said on condition of anonymity.

Blackwater employees assigned to the Predator bases receive training at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to learn how to load Hellfire missiles and laser-guided smart bombs on the drones, according to current and former employees. They asked not to be identified for fear of upsetting the company, which is now known as Xe Services, though most people in the company still refer to it as Blackwater.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Aug 20, 2009 at 9:50 pm

What a bunch of B.S.



Response to Misleading Press Reports



The joint audit by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction and the United State Department of State Inspector General released yesterday

does not, as some press reports have suggested, allege that Blackwater was ever complicit in overbilling the United States government
for work it performed in Iraq in 2006 and 2007.



The audit does not even state that the government overpaid Blackwater for staffing issues. All it suggests is that invoices spanning a

period of time are reviewed. A $55 million penalty has in no way been determined.



In fact, the government contracting officer determined that Blackwater was compliant with the terms of the contract at the time for which they
were reviewing and the therefore did not apply any deductions or penalties. Blackwater only billed for services provided.


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Posted by Erin
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Aug 20, 2009 at 9:54 pm

The new Blackwater: Now Hiring...

XE "Where excellence is standard"

Web Link

At least someone is hiring!


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Posted by Erin
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Aug 20, 2009 at 9:57 pm

Service Unavailable

Now that's a FIRST! I copied and posted the Blackwater XE link on the Weekly just now. Now I go back to the site a MINUTE LATER and get:

SERVICE Unavailable!

Huh? CIA?


Can you say TRACKING COOKIES? Thats so creepy that I think I will reformat my HD tonight!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 20, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Web Link Bush & the CIA conspired to fool American parents into surrendering their children so that they could be KILLED in order to control the flow of OIL! Yup...and those that weren't killed in combat, have suicided. oh my...

signed,

PC + amy = pooch juice drink


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Posted by No Shi%
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 20, 2009 at 10:32 pm

My God is this a Huge War Game for Profit Deal or What?

And the Blackwater site says it's all a farse?

This IS the actual audit report below, so BlackWater (EX) is lying on their public web site!. Take a look at the absurd complexity of Running the Iraq War:

Web Link

We found that the contract and two of the three task orders were awarded to
Blackwater through standard competitive processes. We also found that the third
task order, which had been awarded noncompetitively, was justifi ed. However, we
identifi ed improvements needed by the Department in administering the contract
and providing more stringent oversight of Blackwater's cost and performance in Iraq
as follows:
Department offi cials in Iraq did not establish or perform measures to
confi rm the accuracy of labor costs used as the basis for contract billing.
Monthly invoices from the contractor were paid without adequate review of
support documentation.
Full manning of protective details is important to the safety of the principal
being protected, as well as for the members of the protective detail. However,
penalties for noncompliance with contract staffi ng requirements were
not assessed. We estimated deductions totaling $55 million applicable to
manpower shortages during 2006 and 2007.
The Department is doing a commendable job in providing oversight of
weapons and vehicles provided to Blackwater. However, Department
oversight of all other government-furnished property was inadequate, and
contractor lists were incomplete and inaccurate and therefore unreliable. In
some instances, Blackwater property was erroneously identifi ed as government
property.
Blackwater's travel costs were not adequately reviewed. Ineligible travel costs
of $127,364 were paid for airfare in excess of coach fare. During the audit,
the contracting offi cer recovered $56,457 of the total amount ineligible under
the contract.
Contract oversight fi les required by the contracting offi cer's representatives
were not easily accessible and may not be complete in Iraq and at headquarters


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Posted by Janelle
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2009 at 10:46 pm

The tip of an ICEBERG...

1/2 of the 50 Billion allocated to "rebuilt Iraq infrastructure" was diverted to "private security" ie: Blackwater during the insurgency of 05-06.

Web Link


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Posted by Janelle
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2009 at 10:49 pm

When did "war" invasions become a game of blow em up, rebuild, blow em up, rebuild and blow em up and COMPENSATE the families. This is absolutely NUTS!

This IS a big business at the cost of our economy; our national debt and the only ones's profiting are large military related business.


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Posted by Janelle
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2009 at 11:00 pm

In October, the Congressional Research Service estimated that in 2006 (the latest available figures), it cost $390,000 a year to sustain each American trooper overseas.


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Posted by Ben
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2009 at 11:05 pm

Well the XE site says:

"Use of its own vehicles and equipment reduces cost and provides consistent reliable ground transport"

However the audit report says:

"But the Congressional audit report says "The Department is doing a commendable job in providing oversight of
weapons and VEHICLES provided to Blackwater. However, Department
oversight of all other government-furnished property was inadequate, and
contractor lists were incomplete and inaccurate and therefore unreliable."


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Posted by Ben
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2009 at 11:12 pm

Blackwater and now the newly reformed XE and Eric Prince are the Armagedon! The supreme leader in chief, with the biggest private military on the planet. WAR is an opportunity for this guy! He made over a BILLION dollars on the Iraq war alone.

The NEW XE web site says:


Company History

Xe provides innovative private sector solutions to US Government and non US Government clients. Founded in 1997, we were initially envisioned as a basic training facility to support the needs of local and regional law enforcement personnel.
______________________________________________________

The corporate filing for EX says the company started doing business in 2009 and we know that.

______________________________________________________

This guy is a MASTER of deception.


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Posted by Former Blackwater
a resident of another community
on Aug 20, 2009 at 11:21 pm

In October 2007, U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Henry Waxman said Blackwater "may have engaged in significant tax evasion." Waxman noted that the IRS had ruled that Blackwater had "violated federal tax laws by treating an armed guard as an 'independent contractor.'" Waxman added, "The implication of this ruling is that Blackwater may have avoided paying millions of dollars in Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and related taxes for which it is legally responsible".

The House Oversight Committee had received information from a Blackwater employee, who was required "to sign a non-disclosure agreement before [Blackwater] agreed to pay the back pay and other compensation that he was owed. The terms of this agreement explicitly prohibited the guard from disclosing any information about Blackwater to 'any politician' or 'public official.'" Waxman warned that it "appears that Blackwater used this illegal scheme to avoid millions of dollars in taxes and then prevented the security guard who discovered the tax evasion from contacting members of Congress or law enforcement officials."


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 21, 2009 at 12:23 am

Eric Prince views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe.


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Posted by I Agree
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2009 at 5:31 pm

I agree and that's pretty sad to say the least. Ethnic clenthsing on out tax payer dime.


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