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Before Shooting in Iraq, a Warning on Blackwater | NYTimes.com

Weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor’s operations in Iraq. But the inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater’s top manager there issued a threat: “that he could kill” the government’s chief investigator and “no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq...”

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WATEC Israel 2013 to address advances in Water Technology and Environmental Control, Tel Aviv, Israel Oct. 22-24

On October 22-24, 2013, WATEC Israel 2013 will take place in Tel Aviv, Israel. This conference and exhibition will discuss the recent advances in Water Technology and Environmental Control. This year’s conference will emphasize on the technologies that can serve as the key to a much more efficient exploitation of natural resources (Water, Soil, Energy & Materials). Bringing together Israeli & international business ...

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Blackwater Wins the Battle of Benghazi | Danger Room, Wired.com

U.S. embassy security in the post-Benghazi era is shaping up to be a financial bonanza for security contractors. It’s not necessarily going to look like the ‘roided-out era in which the firm formerly known as Blackwater and its ilk paraded diplomats through dangerous thoroughfares with specialty rifles in tow. But any company that can provide the State Department with either ...

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WikiLeaked: Ex-Blackwater ‘helps regime change’ in Syria | RT

A US government-contracted private security firm is helping the Syrian opposition to overthrow the Bashar al-Assad regime, leaked Stratfor emails indicate. The same firm earlier operated extensively in Libya. The private military company SCG International had been contracted to engage the Turkey-based Syrian opposition, according to correspondence released by WikiLeaks. For more on this story, visit: WikiLeaked: Ex-Blackwater ‘helps regime ...

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US Still Seeking Legal Immunity for Defense Contractors in Iraq Beyond 2012 | Antiwar.com

The Obama administration is continuing to pursue an agreement with the Iraqi government that would give U.S. defense contractors remaining there beyond 2012 immunity from Iraqi law. While the approximately 17,000 diplomats and servicemembers working for the State Department are shielded by diplomatic immunity from prosecution under Iraqi law, the thousands of private contractors and mercenaries no longer have such ...

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US Mercenaries Aim to March Back into Iraq | Antiwar.com

The mercenary company formerly known as Blackwater Inc. is again vying for security contracts with the U.S. and Iraqi governments to re-enter Iraq, after high profile abuses tarnished their name. “As we make changes and they take root and we convince everyone they’re real,” new CEO Ted Wright told Wired’s Danger Room, “then the real proof in the pudding is ...

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Afghanistan on track to close private security companies | The Washington Post

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry says it’s standing by President Hamid Karzai’s decision to shut down private security companies early next year and transfer their responsibilities to a government-run guard force. Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said Monday that all private companies will be disbanded on March 20, 2012. For more on this story, visit: Interior Ministry: Afghanistan on track ...

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Blackwater Gets An Even Bigger Makeover | WCYB Tri Cities

The company once known as the world’s most notorious private security contractor, Blackwater, is changing its name and its look once again in a bid to prove that it has outgrown its toxic reputation. For more on this story, visit: Blackwater Gets An Even Bigger Makeover – National News Story – WCYB Tri Cities.

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Lawmakers Ask Hillary Clinton to Explain Erik Prince’s Mercenaries in the UAE | The Nation

Five members of Congress have called on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to clarify if Blackwater founder Erik Prince’s recently disclosed deal to provide a small mercenary army to the United Arab Emirates complies with US law and export regulations. “We question whether private US citizens should be involved in recruiting and assembling forces, as well as providing military training ...

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Blackwater’s New Ethics Chief: John Ashcroft | Common Dreams via Wired.com

The consortium in charge of restructuring the world’s most infamous private-security firm just added a new chief in charge of keeping the company on the straight and narrow. Yes, John Ashcroft, the former U.S. attorney general, is now an “independent director” of Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater. Ashcroft will head Xe’s new “subcommittee on governance,” its backers announced early ...

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