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Disappointing.

January 7, 2011

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.

[snip]

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.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Carolyn-Rodham permalink
    January 7, 2011 6:43 pm

    Wait, let me get this straight. WE — the US taxpayer — are paying Blackwater-by-any-other-name-still Blackwater $84 million dollars to provide security in the Israeli-occupied WEST BANK?! Security for what or whom?!

  2. January 7, 2011 6:50 pm

    Carolyn that is exactly the same question I have and the article does nothing to answer that. It makes ZERO sense to me. Movement in and out of the WB is totally controlled by the IDF.

    I’m going to see if Jeremy Scahill has anything on this.

  3. Lulu permalink
    January 8, 2011 7:50 am

    So much for change we can believe in.

    The hawks love these private contractors because it means US taxpayers pay for a private militia for all their wars so they don’t have to do what they should do- institute a draft. War without sacrifice.

    At this point we are so dependent on private mercenary armies I doubt if Hillary were POTUS she would be able to do anything about it. When she and others voted for the Iraq War when we were still in Afghanistan did it occur to her and other democrats that we don’t have enough troops to fight more than one war at a time? These politicians want to have their cake and eat it to- wave the US flag after 9/11 and appear “tough” on national security by being total hawks but they don’t want to do the hard work of telling the US people the truth- that these wars cost lots of money and more people should have to fight them, not just other people’s kids.

    If we instituted a draft support for war would decrease to zero and that would get in the way of the agenda of the military industrial complex and Hillary, Obama, the democrats and rubes wouldn’t want that. I hate to say it but Hillary’s reputation in this administration is that she sides with Gates and the military on everything- EVERYTHING.

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