I don’t understand why the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem needs private U.S. security contractors in the Israeli-Occupied West Bank. From the WaPo:
A company closely associated with the security firm once known as Blackwater has won a new State Department contract worth more than $84 million over five years.
The contract was won by International Developments Solutions, a joint venture that includes U.S. Training Center, a company until recently owned by Xe Services, which changed its name from Blackwater following a cascade of legal problems over several years.
The consortium will provide protective security in the Israel-occupied West Bank, “services that are based from the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.
The initial contract, awarded Jan. 3, is for one year, “with the possibility of four, one-year renewable options” with a total value of roughly $84.3 million, Toner said.
Despite its legal troubles, Blackwater-associated companies have continued to score government contracts. Last June Xe Services won a $100 million contract from the CIA to provide protective services in Afghanistan. Then in October, partnering with another company, Xe won a share of a $10 billion State Department contract for worldwide protective services.
“The mere fact that the [State Department] is still throwing millions of dollars their way for work is completely amazing and speaks to their ability to get around things,” said a former Blackwater employee who asked to remain anonymous because he now works for the government.