Comment: Is CIA Lying About its Blackwater Contacts?

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After CIA director Leon Panetta revealed last summer that private contractor Blackwater was part of a covert CIA hit squad, tasked with summary killings and assassinations of al-Qaeda operatives, the CIA vowed to sever its contacts with the trigger-happy security firm. But did it do so? It doesn’t look like it. Last November, it became known that the company, (recently renamed Xe Services) remains part of a covert CIA program in Pakistan that includes planned assassinations and kidnappings of Taliban and al-Qaeda suspects. More recently, it was revealed that two of the seven Americans who died in the December 30 bomb attack at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan, were actually Blackwater employees subcontracted by the CIA.

The question is, why were these two Blackwater employees present during a sensitive security debriefing at the base, involving the entire leadership of the CIA team there, and even the Agency’s second-in-command in Afghanistan? As Nation magazine’s Jeremy Scahill correctly points out, “the fact that two Blackwater personnel were in such close proximity to the […] suicide bomber shows how deeply enmeshed Blackwater remains in sensitive CIA operations, including those CIA officials claim it no longer participates in, such as intelligence gathering and briefings with valuable agency assets”.

This obvious realization has prompted Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), leading member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, to decide to launch an investigation into the matter. That’s a noble idea. However, it overlooks the interview that Blackwater founder and CEO, Erik Prince’s gave to Vanity Fair last month, in which he revealed that he did in fact work as a CIA spy, carrying out secret missions with the help of a Blackwater hit squad. Everyone in the know realizes why the company’s usually super-secretive CEO suddenly came out, possibly causing a diplomatic rift between Washington and Berlin. It was basically a warning to the US government to leave him and his company alone. If they don’t, more revelations will follow.

Rep. Schakowsky should keep this in mind, as she launches her worthwhile investigation.

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11 Responses to Comment: Is CIA Lying About its Blackwater Contacts?

  1. Me says:

    Good points, I think I will definitely subscribe! I’ll go and read some more! What do you see the future of this being?

  2. Me too says:

    You’ve got to get in to get out.


  3. Van says:

    Somewhat related:

    “At a meeting with tribal elders in Mogadishu on Monday, the Al-Shabab spokesman said that mercenaries of the Xe private security firm — formerly known as Blackwater — have arrived in the Somali capital, the Press TV correspondent in Mogadishu reported on Monday.

    Blackwater/Xe mercenaries plan to carry out bombings in Mogadishu in order to accuse Al-Shabab of being the culprits in the attacks, the Al-Shabab spokesman added.

    He went on to say that the Blackwater/Xe mercenaries have already recruited many lackeys to help them carry out bombings targeting prominent individuals and innocent civilians. ”

  4. AllanGreen says:

    You’re suggesting Vanity Fair is a platform for corporate dogs of war to attack the CIA.

    Don’t think so.

    More like the interview was a major diversion.

  5. intelNews says:

    Allan, good point. I don’t believe Vanity Fair is a platform for Xe Services. But, usually, when ultra-private people like Erik Prince decide to come forward and speak via a selected outlet, they want something. Vanity Fair would have been crazy to refuse his offer. But I (and many others) believe Prince’s revelations were mostly directed at the US government. [JF]

  6. Apartheidisrael says:

    Erik Prince is a Terrorist. He is responsible for the Murder of 3000 Americans on 911.

    Erik Princes organization has been blackmailing the US govt to the order of 200 Billion dollars over the past decade.

    It is time to let Erik spill the beans and lock this terrorist up for life without the possibility of Parole in a cell right next to Chenney and NutandYahoo. The condition for sparing these animals the death Penalty is that all of their guards be Iraqi and Afghani Widowers.

  7. Flow says:

    how many cia manbers you know specialy in electronic like internet ragestered ?
    Why mostely Salary as idea fellow to me ?
    Becouse of some cia manbers lack of colaborate with others security agent why distarb all cia manbers?
    Becouse of cia and some organization found in Amereca like OPSA(OROMO PROFFESSIONAL SCHOLAR SHIP ASSOSSETION) OR O.N.A(OROMIYA NATIONAL ACCADAM) lack of integrat work why lost my golden learn time of score exelent point ?

  8. noone says:

    This is only because Blackwater contractors are now used as ‘gate guards’ only…….. wrong place at the wrong time….. moronic Agency staff leadership would be the reason so many died.

  9. Edossa Kenea says:

    1, i want to see hilary cilintan’s parsonality;

  10. Edossa Kenea says:

    indepandant(indivdual freedom) of body. Libiral democracy better for me

  11. Edossa Kenea says:

    America and it’s peoplse not garbage. Taking from video and midea world problums on line or global. World solve there own problums. Ofcorse we secure ower secrate. Due to out from our criss gat investigat. Not emotional sadanily attak jenunias some world countries. We learn from us. Pain of criss. So teach them kind and cary wearing humanity. Show the batar way to developmant. We also for Jupan to accesselarat out from criss. UK instad of see other countries forgating thire own resorse should has face to UK. From Individual freedom gain self confidant. Let put off like drag that coverd by sweat internal bitter of ower internal problums which make us can’t see our internal problums. Special black oromo in north America. We must can.

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