Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater, is poised to get a $1 billion contract from the State Department to train the Afghan National Police despite their dismal failure training the Afghan Border Police. The Border Police are one of the most corrupt entities of the Afghan security forces. They are renowned for their involvement in bribes, drug trade, arms trafficking and unnecessary use of force with civilians.
Deep concerns have been raised that these behaviors are part and parcel of the training provided by Xe/Blackwater. This is not too hard to believe when you follow the trail of Xe/Blackwater training.
Xe has trained police and security forces in Mexico, Colombia and Iraq – all three have significant records of human rights violations. More than one source, including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (when she was a Senator) have expressed concern over outcomes from engaging Xe.
“These private security contractors have been reckless and have compromised our mission in Iraq. The time to show these contractors the door is long over due.” Senator Hillary Clinton (Press Release Feb 28, 2009)
Former Senator Clinton even went so far as to co-sponsor a bill that would have removed private contractors from Defense Spending (SOS – Stop Outsourcing our Security).
So why now would Secretary Clinton look to hand over a $1 billion contract? Let’s remind Secretary of State Clinton of her own previous wisdom. Contact Secretary Clinton and let her know you do not support any more contracting with Xe.
White House: 202-456-1111; State Department: 202-647-4000; U.S. Capitol: 202-224-3121.
And check out the link below for more information on what is happening with Xe training in Afghanistan…Peace Liz