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Hillary's Killers: Blackwater Wins Piece of $10 Billion Mercenary Deal

Never mind the dead civilians. Forget about the stolen guns. Get over the murder arrests, the fraud allegations, and the accusations of guards pumping themselves up with steroids and cocaine. Through a “joint venture,” the notorious private-security firm Blackwater has won a piece of a five-year State Department contract worth up to $10 billion, Danger Room has learned. Apparently, there is no misdeed so big that it can keep guns-for-hire from working for the government. And this is despite a 2008 campaign pledge from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ban the company from federal contracts. Eight private security firms have won State’s giant Worldwide Protective Services contract, the big Foggy Bottom partnership to keep embassies and their inhabitants safe. Two of those firms are longtime State contract holders DynCorp and Triple Canopy. The others are newcomers to the big security contract: EOD Technology, SOC, Aegis Defense Services, Global Strategies Group, Torres International Services and International Development Solutions LLC. Don’t see any of Blackwater’s myriad business names on there? That’s apparently by design. Blackwater and the State Department tried their best to obscure their renewed relationship. As Danger Room reported Wednesday, Blackwater did not appear on the vendors’ list for Worldwide Protective Services. And the State Department confirms that the company, renamed Xe Services, didn’t actually submit its own independent bid. Instead, they used a blandly named cut-out, “International Development Solutions,” to retain a toehold into State’s lucrative security business. No one who looks at the official announcement of the contract award would have any idea that firm is connected to Blackwater. Blackwater’s “affiliate U.S. Training Center is part of International Development Solutions (IDS), a joint venture with Kaseman,” according to an official State Department statement to Danger Room. “This joint venture was determined by the Department’s source-selection authority to be eligible for award.” Last year, a Blackwater subdivision, the Blackwater Lodge and Training Center, changed its name to U.S. Training Center. Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Carl Levin (D-Michigan) blasted Blackwater in February for setting up shell companies in order to keep winning government security contracts despite its infamy. According to State’s statement, the contracting process for the new Worldwide Protective Services deal included a “review” to ensure that companies met “minimum criteria” for eligibility. “This review included a process to determine whether any offerors had been suspended or debarred from the award of federal contracts,” it said. Despite Blackwater guards killing 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, killing two Afghan civilians on a Kabul road in 2009, and absconding with hundreds of unauthorized guns from a U.S. military weapons depot in Afghanistan using the name of a South Park character, federal contracting authorities have never suspended or debarred Blackwater.

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Historically, Private Armies have been documented turning on their nation. Julius Caesar said, keep your army fighting abroad so that they won’t turn inward on your nation. American Soldiers hope war will end so they can return home. Private Armies may view  war ending as being unemployed.

Black Water mercenary entities are paid extremely well by U.S. Government to provide security in Afghanistan and other countries. It is foreseeable U.S. mercenary companies might attempt before or after the U.S. withdraws from Iraq and Afghanistan, to secure contracts from the Obama Government to provide security in U.S. Cities? Thousands of U.S. mercenaries may be out of work after the U.S. completes it troop withdraws from Afghanistan and Iraq. If the Recession worsens there could be riots in major U.S. Cities. Obama might hire private mercenaries to work independently and or with police. There appears to be nothing to stop U.S. Government deploying “American Citizens that are mercenaries” on U.S. soil.

Mercenaries might assist a “National Police Stabilization Force” allegedly suggested in a NGO Rand Corporation Report recently provided the U.S. Army. Apparently that Report suggested a “National Police Stabilization Force” that would appear controlled by the Feds and might include in its ranks federal, local and state law enforcement. What would happen to State Rights and what Laws and Jurisdiction would be used to prosecute state Citizens arrested by a National Police Stabilization Force? Mercenaries might also assist a Homeland Security Force.

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