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The Obama administration has retained services of the notorious Blackwater guards to carry out drone attacks in Afghanistan, a new report reveals.
Despite controversial records of indiscriminate civilian killings in Iraq during the Bush administration, the shadowy US-based paramilitary security company has continued its ongoing relationship with Washington under President Barack Obama.
A fresh report by the New York Times revealed on Friday that Blackwater USA has been contracted to work with the unmanned Predator drones that carry out assassinations and terrorize villages in eastern and
Originally posted by desertdreamer
I dunno...I kinda enjoyed watching the Blackwater sniper videos on Youtube.
Didn't they change their name to XE?
Originally posted by sanchoearlyjones
Now Blackwater is going to be conducting aerial bombing missions with Predator drones.
...where the company’s contractors assemble and load Hellfire missiles and 500-pound laser-guided bombs on remotely piloted Predator aircraft,
Blackwater employees assigned to the Predator bases receive training at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to learn how to load Hellfire missiles and laser-guided smart bombs on the drones,
Blackwater is not involved in selecting targets or actual strikes. The targets are selected by the C.I.A., and employees at the agency’s headquarters in Langley, Va., pull the trigger remotely.
They also provide security at the covert bases, the officials said.
The extent of Blackwater’s business dealings with the C.I.A. has largely been hidden
Blackwater employees assigned to the Predator bases receive training at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada to learn how to load Hellfire missiles and laser-guided smart bombs on the drones
“Every single intelligence operation and covert action must be briefed to the Congress,” she said. “If they are not, that is a violation of the law.”