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Coleen Rowley

FBI Whistleblower

September 28th, 2010

Update about the Government’s New War on Peace

In the first of 20 some rallies being conducted outside FBI offices in cities around the country, a few hundred peace and civil liberties activists gathered yesterday in Lake Wobegon Minneapolis. Some of last week’s victims of FBI raids and grand jury subpoenas spoke out: The Minnesotans who had gathered ... continue reading

June 24th, 2010

CIA hires Xe, formerly Blackwater, to guard facilities in Afghanistan, elsewhere

The CIA has hired Xe Services, the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide, to guard its facilities in Afghanistan and elsewhere, according to an industry source. The previously undisclosed CIA contract is worth about $100 million, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss ... continue reading

May 7th, 2010

Blackwater founder slams big gov't in Mich. speech

HOLLAND, Mich. — Blackwater Worldwide founder Erik Prince said Wednesday his values of hard work and personal responsibility "have gotten me a few detractors along the way, and I'm OK with that." Prince returned to his hometown of Holland to give a speech criticizing government spending and regulation that drew ... continue reading

March 5th, 2010

Senator warns against $1B deal with Blackwater

WASHINGTON — A senior Senate Democrat said Thursday the Pentagon should consider barring Blackwater, now called Xe Services, from a new $1 billion deal to train Afghan police because of "serious questions" about the contractor's conduct. The comments by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin suggests thinning patience in ... continue reading

February 11th, 2010

2 ex-employees say Blackwater billed government for prostitute

Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide have accused the private security contractor of defrauding the government for years with phony billing, including charging for a prostitute, alcohol and spa trips. In newly unsealed court records, a husband and wife who once worked for Blackwater said they had personal knowledge of ... continue reading

February 10th, 2010

Iraq orders former Blackwater security guards out

BAGHDAD -- Iraq has ordered hundreds of private security guards linked to Blackwater Worldwide to leave the country within seven days or face possible arrest on visa violations, the interior minister said Wednesday. The order comes in the wake of a U.S. judge's dismissal of criminal charges against five Blackwater ... continue reading

February 10th, 2010

U.S. contractor abducted in Iraq

The Pentagon has acknowledged that an American contractor for the Defense Department is missing in Baghdad, an apparent confirmation of a Shiite militant group's claim last week that it abducted an American in Baghdad in January.The case marks the first reported kidnapping of an American citizen in Iraq in more ... continue reading

February 4th, 2010

The Expanding US War in Pakistan

Three US special forces soldiers were killed in northwest Pakistan this week, confirming that the US military is more deeply engaged on the ground in Pakistan than previously acknowledged by the White House and Pentagon (see " The Secret US War in Pakistan," November 23, 2009). The soldiers died Wednesday ... continue reading

January 29th, 2010

Blackwater's Youngest Victim

Every detail of September 16, 2007, is burned in Mohammed Kinani's memory. Shortly after 9 am he was preparing to leave his house for work at his family's auto parts business in Baghdad when he got a call from his sister, Jenan, who asked him to pick her and her ... continue reading

January 26th, 2010

Charged contractors had checkered military pasts

A pair of former Blackwater contractors charged with murdering two people in Afghanistan had checkered pasts with the military before getting hired to work overseas, according to service records disclosed in recent U.S. court hearings. The troubled backgrounds of the two men — including instances of violence, drug use and ... continue reading

January 12th, 2010

Reviled by Democrats, Xe (formerly Blackwater) aims to be part of Obama's Afghanistan strategy

WASHINGTON — Blackwater Worldwide's legal woes haven't dimmed its prospects in Afghanistan, where the company is a contender to be a key part of President Barack Obama's strategy for stabilizing the country. Now called Xe Services, the company is in the running for a Pentagon contract potentially worth $1 billion ... continue reading

January 8th, 2010

Former guards with US security firm charged in Afghanistan deaths

Two former guards with the security company Blackwater have been charged in the US with the murder of Afghan civilians in a case likely to reinforce accusations that the firm ran a rogue militia that showed a reckless disregard for human life. The charges follow the collapse of a case ... continue reading

January 6th, 2010

Ex-SEAL killed in suicide attack was Xe employee

Jeremy Wise, the former Navy SEAL killed in a suicide bomber's attack on a CIA base in Afghanistan last week, was working for Xe, the Moyock, N.C.-based security company previously known as Blackwater. Wise's Xe affiliation is disclosed in an obituary published in today's Virginian-Pilot. Wise was one of eight ... continue reading

January 4th, 2010

Germany knows nothing of alleged CIA murder plot

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government said on Monday it knew nothing about a magazine report that the CIA had planned a secret operation to kill a German-Syrian in Hamburg linked to the September 11 attacks on U.S. targets. The U.S. magazine Vanity Fair had reported that the CIA had ... continue reading

January 2nd, 2010

Expecting justice, Iraqis get bitter shock as judge throws out Blackwater shooting case

BAGHDAD — Iraqis seeking justice for 17 people shot dead at a Baghdad intersection responded with bitterness and outrage Friday at a U.S. judge's decision to throw out a case against a Blackwater security team accused in the killings. The Iraqi government vowed to pursue the case, which became a ... continue reading

January 2nd, 2010

Iraq threatens action after Blackwater case collapses

Iraqi officials and relatives of 17 Iraqis who were killed in a crowded Baghdad square in September 2007 in an allegedly unprovoked shooting spree by Blackwater private security guards reacted with fury today to the decision by a US federal judge to dismiss all charges against five of the guards.A ... continue reading

December 21st, 2009

Blackwater, Already On The Ground In Afghanistan, Now Gunning For More Contracts

It looks like the Obama Administration just can't quit the company formerly known as Blackwater. A Xe official told the Commission on Wartime Contracting Friday that the company has contracts for security as well as for training Afghan police and a "drug interdiction unit." Xe is also in the running ... continue reading

December 11th, 2009

Private guards ‘took part in raids on al-Qaeda militants’

Mercenaries have been taking part in American raids on al-Qaeda militants in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to newspaper reports that will intensify pressure on Congress to curtail the use of private security guards in war zones. The disclosure that former Navy Seals and other US special forces soldiers employed by ... continue reading

December 11th, 2009

Blackwater tied to clandestine CIA raids

Highly trained personnel employed with the private security firm formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide sometimes operated side by side with CIA field officers in Iraq and Afghanistan as the agency undertook missions to kill or capture members of insurgent groups in those countries, according to a former government official and ... continue reading

December 5th, 2009

Is Erik Prince 'Graymailing' the US Government?

The in-depth Vanity Fair profile of the infamous owner of Blackwater, Erik Prince, is remarkable on many levels--not least among them that Prince appeared to give the story's author, former CIA lawyer Adam Ciralsky, unprecedented access to information about sensitive, classified and lethal operations not only of Prince's forces, but ... continue reading

November 23rd, 2009

Blackwater's Secret War in Pakistan

At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at the center of a secret program in which they plan targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda operatives, ... continue reading

November 11th, 2009

Report: Blackwater OK'd $1M plan to pay off Iraqis

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 off officials in the country who were angry about the fatal shootings of 17 civilians by Blackwater employees, The New York Times reported Tuesday. Four former ... continue reading

July 27th, 2009

US eyes private guards for bases in Afghanistan

By Richard Larnder / Associated PressWASHINGTON — U.S. military authorities in Afghanistan may hire a private contractor to provide around-the-clock security at dozens of bases and protect vehicle convoys moving throughout the country. The possibility of awarding a security contract comes as the Obama administration is sending thousands of more ... continue reading

July 3rd, 2009

I'll pass on George Bush's 4th of July speech ...by John Scripsick

Norman Transcript It's good to see that Woodward, OK invited George W. Bush to their 4th of July celebration. Some days I feel sorry for this poor lonely man. His dream of being rich and famous took him to be the leader of our great nation. My satisfaction as a ... continue reading

June 9th, 2009

Slain Iraqi's family sues Blackwater

ALEXANDRIA, Va., June 8 (UPI) -- U.S. security contractor Blackwater USA and its founder Erik Prince have been named in a lawsuit alleging a war crime in Iraq, documents indicate. The suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., accuses Blackwater, now known as Xe, and Prince of allowing ... continue reading

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Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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Apr 1st
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Mar 31st
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Mar 24th
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Mar 23rd
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Mar 21st
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Mar 19th
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