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6 Jul 2010

Amol Mehra, Right Respect [USA]

Privatizing War and Overlooking Abuses: The New Blackwater and their Recent Hundred Million Dollar Contracts with the United States Government

…Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater has recently won a $100 million contract from the Central Intelligence Agency to provide guard services for facilities in Afghanistan…Blackwater itself has been fighting off prosecutions and civil suits since…September 2007…when guards opened fire in a city square, killing 17 unarmed civilians…[T]he firm continues to be associated with questionable and dangerous practices...The…Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs has partnered with the Geneva Center for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF) to support the development of a Code of Conduct (CoC) that seeks to develop operational guidelines, and to establish international PMSC industry norms and standards…