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Murky waters

Blackwater | Security contractor Xe, formerly Blackwater, is accused of fraud, overbilling
by Alicia Constant
Posted 7/17/11, 07:51 pm

Security contractor Xe, previously known as Blackwater, is accused of overbilling the government for the protection it provided to State Department employees in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a lawsuit unsealed Thursday in Alexandria's U.S. District Court.

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Drotleff at first trial in Sept. (Bill Tiernan/AP)

Any reasonable person?

Blackwater | Two contractors convicted in Norfolk of manslaughter in civilian death in Kabul
by Sara Foss
Posted 4/06/11, 02:26 pm

See below for a former Blackwater contractor's take on his job and the Drotleff/Cannon case

Two former Blackwater contractors have been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the May 2009 shooting death of an unarmed civilian in Kabul, Afghanistan.

On March 11 in Norfolk, Va., Christopher Drotleff of Virginia Beach and Justin Cannon of Corpus Christi, Texas were acquitted of all other murder and weapons charges, including the death of a second unarmed civilian and assault on a third person injured during the shooting.

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Iraq and roll

Case Against Saddam | Kurdish opponents say if "regime change" is the U.S.
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/07/02, 12:00 am

In the streets of Iraq, ask how long it will take to topple Saddam and you will get the same answer, whether you ask the fruit vendor in his apron or the mayor in shirtsleeves and tie. Two weeks, they say, and Saddam will be finished.

In America, media and foreign policy elites have no such confidence. And it is right to measure twice and cut once on Iraq. In the current debate frenzy, however, speculation tends to call more loudly than known facts.

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