Blackwater Tapped Foreigners On Secret CIA Program

A former CIA official says when the spy agency revived a plan to kill or capture terrorists in 2004, it turned to North Carolina-based Blackwater USA.

Blackwater, which has since changed its name to Xe Services, offered the help of foreigners supposedly skilled at tracking terrorists in lawless regions. The company is based in Moyock, near the Virginia state line.

The former senior CIA official, however, says he had doubts during his tenure about whether Blackwater's foreign recruits had mastered the necessary skills to pull off such a high-stakes operation.

He says the U.S. tapped the private contractor for the death squad work because, in his words, "you wouldn't want to have American fingerprints on it."

He says it's unlikely that during his tenure the Blackwater recruits would have been involved directly in the mechanics of the killings. Instead, they were learning how to spy on targets and operate discreetly.


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  • by Pablo Location: Van Nuys on Sep 11, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    and if you write some trite saying all in caps you're mildly mental..
  • by Vance Location: Columbia on Sep 3, 2009 at 08:46 AM
    HEY ANONYMOUS IF YOUR 17 AND YOUR A LIBERAL YOU HAVE A HEART. IF YOUR 25 AND A CONSERVATIVE YOU HAVE A BRAIN!
  • by C on Sep 1, 2009 at 04:12 AM
    We've had this discussion before,Anonymous. Yes,everyone in this country is entitled to their opinion. This is because of our Constitution. Which,by the way,we would'nt have if not for our military defending it for us. "Flag waving hypocrites"? No,true hypocrisy is basking in the freedoms our country gives us and our military protects,while simultaneously spitting in their faces. The stance you take towards those fine men and women is beyond belief,and is akin to sheep protesting against the sheepdog. So, is Rob's new home France? Sounds plausible; the U.S. had to save those poor sheeple from the Nazis. That's because France has always been run by people with views such as yours. Views which are,as ever,wrong.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2009 at 11:37 PM
    Everyone is entitled to an opinion, C. Unless it goes against what a bunch of you flag waving hypocrites say or believe. And C, "Rob" moved to a country that belives in peacekeeping instead of war mongering and calling everyone else weak because they believe in peace.
  • by C on Aug 31, 2009 at 07:11 PM
    One other thing,Anonymous..I sure am glad we did'nt have folks with your views running things in 1941. If we had,we'd all be speaking German now.
  • by Pablo Location: Los Angeles on Aug 31, 2009 at 06:59 PM
    This is a complex issue. As much as the majority seem to want to skirt this side of the issue I think it's relevant that while Blackwater was tasked with force protection of high level officials in a war zone they never lost one. Let me repeat that. Under Blackwater's care, no high level official ever lost their life in a war zone. They were ambushed, on several occasions. Plots were thwarted on many occasions. But the policy makers went home alive. I know Nisoor square will live in infamy, as it probably should. But I don't like the vilification of this PMC. I think we can conclude that since BW has also been tasked in HVT-Drone projects and now some kind of "death squad" program that CIA and the majority of "boots on the ground" people have a lot of faith in BW's capabilities. The question of constitutionality lies in their appointments. I think we should question the use of a PMC to carry out such high level programs. But that starts at the top. Who at the white house tasked them?
  • by C on Aug 31, 2009 at 06:42 PM
    To Anonymous: Don't forget to add your hero, Bill Clinton, to that list of people who should be charged. Not only did he lie [under oath] to congress about Monica,he had Bin Laden handed to him by the Sudanese in '96...and he turned them down. Say,what country was that that Rob moved to? North Korea? If so, I'm sure he's happy. Since you seem to be anti-military and anti-America, you could always join him.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 31, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    Eric Prince, the beloved former head of Blackwater, should be tried for war crimes and treason, as well as Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and the rest of the war criminals. Devil Dog, the politicians didn't lose Vietnam. The military did. This country does not need another generation of veterans feeling sorry for themselves. One was enough with the Vietnam vets. I'm sure "Rob", who has moved to another country, made that point clear back in May. And Vance, it's Pelosi, not Palosi, as you southern hicks would say.
  • by voter Location: nc on Aug 31, 2009 at 05:00 PM
    mackneal; the CIA is the investigative arm of potus. it's origins began in WWII with the OSS. matters concerning national security need not be spread across the front pages. mainly because ignorant bleeding heart liberals "don't get it". i suggest you jane fonda types go to your wine and cheese functions and butt out of the military's business. btw; oriental was once a nice place.
  • by Lonnie Ray Mackneal Location: Oriental on Aug 31, 2009 at 04:21 PM
    To "Voter": You are once scary dude! "We the people" need to stay out of the CIA's business? So you would toss out our beloved Constitution like old filthy rags.. "we the people", for whom so many have fought and died to defend? The Constitution, or "We the people" as you so disdainfully say, is not some piece of trash we should keep our noses out of! Blackwater is a bunch of thugs, and I do not want them taking over our constitutional responsibilities! God Bless America, and Blackwater can swirl down the toilet as far as this American is concerned!
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