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This Administration goes after Blackwater…….

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The Blackwater (ne: Xe Company ) did a lot of business with the United States government and state and local law enforcement people during the Bush years……(it’s founder and ex-President was a Navy SEAL for 20 years )

But after Bush left..things got sideways……

The end came with the shooting in downtown Iraq several years ago by a Blackwater motorcade escort group ….that left Iraqi civilians dead……

While the Justice Department went after the players in that action..they got off due to the Sate Departments Special Agents actions…..

The political call went to the State Department to cut ties with the company…but that would take a long time simply because the Sate Department did not have the man power to provide it’s staff with personal protection in Iraq…..

Xe, in the meantime made a decision to exit the Iraq theatre security business on its own……

Most people don’t know that Xe/Blackwater provides realistic training for a lot of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies…..which has those agencies and it officers , agents and other staff as friends…..

With these charges…involving guns sent to Jordan circumventing US rules and regulations..the Justice Department is signaling that Xe/Blackwater  is not in the good graces of the current administration in Washington DC…..

We will see how this plays in the future…….

The former president of Blackwater Worldwide was charged Friday with using straw purchases to stockpile automatic weapons at the security firm and filing false documents to cover up gifts given to the king of Jordan.

Gary Jackson, 52, who left the company last year in a management shake-up, was charged along with four of his former colleagues, according to the federal indictment.

The prosecution opens a new front of the government’s oversight of the sullied security company. Several of the company’s contractors have previously been charged with federal crimes for their actions in war zones, but the company’s executives have thus far weathered a range of investigations.

Blackwater has been trying to rehabilitate its image since a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 17 people dead, outraged the Iraqi government and led to a federal charges against several Blackwater guards — accusations later thrown out of court after a judge found prosecutors mishandled evidence. Around the time that Jackson left the company, Blackwater changed its name to Xe Services.

The charges against Jackson include a conspiracy to violate firearms laws, false statements, possession of a machine gun and possession of an unregistered firearm. Also indicted were former Blackwater general counsel Andrew Howell, 44; former executive vice president Bill Mathews, 44; former procurement vice president Ana Bundy, 45; and former weapons manager Ronald Slezak, 65.

The case stems in part from a raid conducted by federal agents at the company’s headquarters in Moyock in 2008 that seized 22 weapons, including 17 AK-47s.

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April 16, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , , , ,

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