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February 13, 2009

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Erik Rader

Dr. Hillhouse,

I was just getting ready to e-mail a link to this story to you. Interesting tactic by BW, but you're right, the public does have a short attention span, and it won't be long before people forget where Xe started.

Retired

This is either a brilliant move or a dumb one, and it's far too early to tell yet. I doubt that there will ever be a website redirector as the objective is to break the link (no pun intended--really!). In fact, there may not even be a website for some time,
If they are smart, and I think that they are smart in the "cunning" sense, Blackwater will fade while Xe rises and there will be few links between the two except among the professionals that populate such corporations and the clients who contract with them. Among those two communities, the word is already out. From both Xe's and the clients' perspectives, no one else has the need to know.
Unless they screw up big time, Xe can stay under the radar for quite a long time. Short of a major mistake, we can probably expect the press to focus on far more pressing problems, like the economy and the new President's new CIA director stating that the Army Field Manual might not provide enough tools for interrogation after all in "ticking bomb" situations. Since the new administration just reaffirmed that renditions are not going away, it is only a matter of time before a new terrorist hardcase is picked up and "Honest Leon" Panetta is in the Oval Office with the Beach Boys singing "Surfin' USA" and asking for an executive order to waterboard. I guarantee that said executive order will be classified and not released to the public in a press conference for reasons of national security. Perhaps Xe can help, after all, they have a really low profile and a lot of expertise. Congress will be busy going after Blackwater if and when they ever get tired of gorging themselves on the pork chops that they've just ordered up.
Well, we all heard the new President promising change. And sure enough, Blackwater changed its name. Promise kept!

Billy

Do they realize xe.com is already taken? The two-letter domains went a long time ago. No just evil, but dumb.

Tony Foresta

What saddens me, is thier total disdain for the American public. Evidently Blackwater believes the Amerikan public is too stupid or ignorant to realize tha Xe is actually Blackwater, with all it's bushgov cronyism, all it's wing nut dominionist babel, all it's wanton profiteering, all it's grotesque crimes and inhumantity to Iraqi's and even American soldiers, can somehow majikally be rebranded as Xe.

Only a fool, an idiot, or a complicit parrot would buy into to or tolerate the underhanded lurch to cloak crimes, malfeasance, perfidy, and wanton profiteering. Blackwater, - I mean Xe works for the fascists in the bushgov crimefamilycabals exclusively. The American people, or America are of absolutely no interest to these crony, bandit capitalist mercenaries who are loyal to the bushcrimefamilycabals exclusively, and view Americans, our and uniformed soldiers, as potential threats to the wanton profiteering and fascists machinations of the bushcrimefamilycabals.

Many Americans have a short memory, - but many of us do not!!!

Erig Fdes

"Evidently Blackwater believes the Amerikan public is too stupid or ignorant to realize tha Xe is actually Blackwater, with all it's bushgov cronyism, all it's wing nut dominionist babel, all it's wanton profiteering, all it's grotesque crimes and inhumantity to Iraqi's and even American soldiers, can somehow majikally be rebranded as Xe."

It's so hard to take you seriously when you accuse others of being ignorant and yet you do not even know the correct usage of the word it's.

PS You only use "it's" to mean "it is" or "it has"

Tony Foresta

Thanks for the well deserved grammer lesson Erig Fdes. Please replace "it's" with 'the'. That said, you can choose to dismiss me, but you cannot ignore the question of why exactly Blackwater USA would change its' name to Xe.

GSo

Has the NYT improved or this site fallen behind, when the latest developments are reported in the paper before they are mentioned here?
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/04/world/middleeast/04blackwater.html?hp

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Just wanted to say HI. I found your blog a few days ago and have been reading it over the past few days.

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Acknowledgements

  • A tip of the hat to investigative journalist Tim Shorrock who inspired the name of this blog with his path-breaking 2005 article, "The Spy Who Billed Me."

    Shorrock has a dedicated web page on outsourcing in intel. It links to many of his articles which are must-reads for anyone interested in the privatization of intelligence.