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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 | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The United States sends the FBI, DEA, and ATFE to help find out who shot the American consulate official and her husband….

The couple's one-year-old daughter,

[ The couple’s one-year-old daughter, now orphaned, is cradled by a policewoman in the wake of the shootings which killed her parents ]
Dozens of officials from the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other U.S. agencies joined an investigation Monday into the killings of three people tied to the U.S. Consulate in the Mexican city of Juarez, scrambling to determine whether the slayings marked an escalation in the region’s drug war or were simply cases of mistaken identity, officials said.

Lesley Enriquez, 35, who worked in the consulate’s citizens services section, was believed to be the first American consulate employee to have been killed in apparent Mexican drug violence since 1985, when DEA agent Enrique Camarena was tortured and murdered.

Enriquez and her American husband were gunned down near the Santa Fe bridge into the United States about 2 p.m. Saturday, as their infant daughter cried in the back seat, unharmed but terrified. About the same time, assailants in a different part of the city killed the husband of a Mexican who works at the consulate.

That victim, identified in Mexican media as Jorge Alberto Salcido Ceniceros, 37, had been at the same children’s birthday party as Enriquez and her husband, Arthur Redelfs. The American couple and the Mexican victim had been traveling in white vehicles.

FBI spokeswoman Andrea Simmons in El Paso, across the border from Juarez, said investigators had not determined the motive for the shootings.

But, she said, “at this point we don’t have any indication the victims were targeted because of their employment at the consulate.”

In a sign of how seriously the Mexican government regards the case, Attorney General Arturo Chávez Chávez traveled to Juarez on Monday to oversee the investigation, according to El Diario, a newspaper in the city. Mexican President Felipe Calderón and President Obamaexpressed indignation at the murders.

U.S. agencies, including the FBI, DEA and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, are assisting Mexican authorities by providing intelligence and interviewing witnesses in the United States, Simmons said.

A Mexican official familiar with the cases said there were two main lines of investigation: whether the shootings were “a direct message to the U.S.” or whether they were instances of mistaken identity. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the probe is continuing.

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March 15, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 1 Comment