Same Blackwater, Different Names. Xe also operates under the names Paravant and XPG. ...Other Prince-owned companies that have received government contracts include Greystone, Raven, Constellation, US Training Center, GSD Manufacturing, and Presidential Airlines. The companies are among a total of 20 different limited liability corporations owned by Prince and registered to the same address as Blackwater-Xe. By Matthew Cole, February 1, 2010: click here
More news items focusing on the Blackwater family of companies available at our BLACKWATER NEWS page
Kabul U.S. Embassy Guard: Sexual Deviancy Required for Promotion. In an interview with ABC News for broadcast tonight on the "World News with Charles Gibson," the guard, a U.S. military veteran, said top supervisors of the ArmorGroup were not only aware of the "deviant sexual acts" but helped to organize them. By Brian Ross, Rhonda Schwartz, and Kirit Radia, September 2, 2009: click here
East Africa: Soldiers of Fortune.
Events playing out in Somalia in the past one month almost look like a sequel to Black Hawk Down, the harrowing tale of how an ill-conceived mission by an elite team of American special forces went bad. By
Christine Mungal, December 27, 2010: click here
Equatorial Guinea: Govt Frees Mercenaries.
The government of Equatorial Guinea has freed four South African mercenaries jailed for plotting to overthrow President Teodoro Obiang Nguema, South Africa's foreign ministry has announced. November 3, 2009: click here
Equatorial Guinea: The Trial of Simon Mann Opens in Malabo.
The trial of British mercenary Simon Mann, allegedly having tried to overthrow the government of the oil rich African country Equatorial Guinea, in March, 2004, is on.
By Alexander von Paleske, June 19, 2008: click here
Sierra Leone: More Revelations On 'Blood Diamonds.' Energem Resources which has just launched itself on the London stock market as a renewable-energy business is the same firm in which illegally traded diamonds were used to finance civil wars in Africa. By
Tanu Jalloh, January 4, 2008: click here
Sierra Leone: Lessons Of Sierra Leone Intervention Still Being Debated.
The use of a multi-national military force in Sierra Leone to reinstall the nation's elected government has renewed the debate about the nature and goals of such operations. Should they take sides? Should they impose military solutions when diplomatic efforts fail? By
George M. Kraw, May 19, 1998: click here
Angola: US Forces Guard Angolan Oilfields.
American forces are taking over where Executive Outcomes left off, in the
oil-rich Angolan enclave of Cabinda, writes Al J Venter. October 10, 1997: click here
Asia Times Online
Armed contractors in firing line.
A US Congress commission is to consider whether private contractors such as Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater, should be allowed to continue to provide armed security. The bi-partisan commission will over two days cross-examine 14 witnesses from academia, government and the companies themselves. By Pratap Chatterjee,
Jun 18, 2010: click here
Sex and security in Afghanistan.
A report by the Washington, DC, Project on Government Oversight recently released publicly tells of the wild naked antics of members of ArmorGroup (AG). By David Isenberg,
October 6, 2009: click here
An American 'foreign legion' emerges. By William Astore, 18 February 2009: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/KB18Ak04.html
Mercenaries at work. By Chalmers Johnson, 30 July 2008: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/JG30Ak03.html
Escalation in Iraq by the numbers. By Tom Engelhardt, 15 August 2007: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/IH15Ak03.html
Wild West of American intelligence.
By Roman Kupchinsky, 2 June 2005: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/GF02Ak02.html
Iraq's precarious pipelines.
By David Isenberg, 24 September 2004: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FI24Ak01.html
Just whose business is it anyway? By William D Hartung, 10 March 2004: http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/FC10Ak01.html
By David Isenberg, 14 August 2003:
urged to monitor foreign military training.
By Jim Lobe, 16 May 2002: http://www.atimes.com/front/DE16Aa01.html
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Private military contractors. The Law Report, ABC Radio National: Guests Ian Wing, Charles Sturt, Tim McCormack, Doug Brooks, Mary Picard, Researcher, Presenter Damien Carrick, 9 September 2008: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/lawreport/stories/2008/2356879.htm
Australia's war unreadiness. Unleashed: Jim Molan, 4 August 2008: http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/stories/s2321798.htm
Australia accused of helping spark Fiji coup. 2 April 2008: http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/04/02/2206163.htm
UN investigates Iraq security contractors. The UN has also singled out the American military operations, expressing concern that too many civilians are being killed, particularly by air strikes. Shootings by private security contractors have caught the UN's attention too. AM - Presented by Tony Eastley - Reporter: Kim Landers. 12 October , 2007 08:16:00: TEXT | AUDIO
Australia offers to remove Fijians from PNG's Bougainville. Australia Network, 24 November 2006: http://australianetwork.com/news/stories/asiapacific_stories_1796450.htm
Fears Bougainville heading towards civil war. AM, 18 March 2006 08:14:49. Reporter: Steve Marshall: http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2006/s1594378.htm
mercernaries on Bougainville.
The World Today - Friday, 18 November
2005 12:30:00. Reporter: James Panichi: http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2005/s1509837.htm
Privatising War. Radio National Broadcast (The National Interest), Transcript, 26 September 2004, 12:00, Peter Mares interviews Peter Singer: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/nationalinterest/stories/2004/1205326.htm
Burn, Oil, Burn. Radio National Broadcast, Transcript, 12 September 2004, 09:10. Produced by Stan Correy: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/bbing/stories/s1199802.htm
cleared of sedition charge. By
Shane McLeod (PM Archive), 2 March 2004: http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2004/s1057428.htm
for Hire. By Mark Corcoran (Travellers'
Tales), 28 September 2000: http://www.abc.net.au/foreign/stories/s229144.htm
AFP (Agence France-Presse)
Armed Escorts in High Demand on Sea.
By Karl Malakunas, 11 May 2005: http://www.warprofiteers.com/article.php?id=12241 http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/features/featuredetail.asp?file=mayfeatures102005.xml
BBC News (UK)
Afghan President Hamid Karzai 'to scrap private security firms in Afghanistan.' August 10, 2010: click here
UK hostages 'likely to be dead'. 29 July 2009: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8173653.stm | Hostage families appeal for release (video): http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8175207.stm
Iraq releases three of five US contractors. 11 June 2009: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8094616.stm
Simon Mann sentenced for Equatorial Guinea plot. 7 July 2008: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/7493717.stm
Yair Gal Klein to be sent to Colombia. 12 March 2008: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7291689.stm
Babcock to buy Devonport naval dockyard. 10 May 2007: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6641427.stm
South Africa's mercenary town.
By Jonathan Charles, 9 November 2006: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/4946684.stm
MPs approve new South Africa mercenary bill. 30 August 2006: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/5297704.stm
Profile: French mercenary Bob Denard. 20 June 2006: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/5097580.stm
'dog of war' in coup trial.
20 February 2006:
investigates Iraq gunfire film.
10 December 2005:
Mercenaries 'fuel West African wars' . 13 April 2005: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/4438497.stm
many UK workers are in Iraq? 19 October 2004: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3676356.stm
firms in Iraq 'unaccountable'.
21 July 2004: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3914299.stm
Iraqi security in private hands. By Jeremy Scott-Joynt, 28 June 2004: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3842561.stm
Private security in Iraq. 27
May 2004: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/3747421.stm
of war into doves of peace. By
Keith Somerville, 11 November 2002: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2403517.stm
'role' for mercenaries. 13 February
Pakistan police raid security contractor- Firm helps protect the US embassy. By Nahal Toos and Munir Ahmad. 20 September 2009: click here
Military contracts have cost taxpayers $85 billion. By Kimberly Hefling, 13 August 2008: click here
Suicide bomber kills contractors in Afghanistan.
By Noor Khan, 6 December 2006: click here
Report says Halliburton subsidiary exploited regulations. By Anne Plummer Flaherty, 28 October 2006: click here
US contractors in Iraq face peril, neglect. By Farah Stockman, 16 October 2006: click here
Amnesty urges tighter rules for contractors. By Danica Kirka, 24 May 2006: click here
Union voices concern on Army base guards. By Pete Yost, 7 September 2005: click here
Contractors detained after Marines fired on. AP, 10 June 2005: click here
US security contracts draw scrutiny. Questions raised on bidding process. By Matt Kelley, 1 January 2005: click here
Zimbabwe seizes plane carrying suspected mercenaries. US says no sign of tie to aircraft, passengers. "The plane was actually carrying 64 suspected mercenaries of various nationalities," Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi said. By Cris Chinaka (Reuters), March 9, 2004: TEXT
new twist on a long military tradition.
By Doug Brooks, 19 October 2003: click here
Enron Pentagon. By Peter W. Singer,
19 October 2003: click here
Taliban strike aid group, kill 4 security contractors.
Taliban suicide attackers stormed a four-story house in Kunduz used by U.S aid organization Development Alternatives Inc in north Afghanistan yesterday, killing four people before dying in a fierce, five-hour gunbattle with Afghan forces.
By Associated Press, July 3, 2010: click here