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Published:December 11th, 2009 14:46 EST
Blackwater Denying More Than The CIA?

Blackwater Denying More Than The CIA?

By Sean Beelzebul

Blackwater "Denying more than the CIA?

News from Washington today indicates that the CIA used Blackwater, now XE services " to perform many secretive CIA operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. From everything to detainee transport or renditions, to covert assassin operations, the Blackwater/XE company was responsible for testing the waters in many situations for the CIA, especially during the Bush administration. New clues have been developing recently which indicate the CIA/Contractor connection is closer than originally acknowledged.

Blackwater

After a botched assault by five Blackwater agents in Iraq in 2007 which left 14 or more civilians dead, the company`s power was limited and the mercenary organization was forced to change its name to XE services ". They were supposed to be the outer layer of the onion, out on the perimeter, " according to a Blackwater official, interviewed by the New York Times. Yet according to a CIA official also interviewed by the Times they were the drivers and the gunslingers " ".  

According to CIA spokesman George Little, "This agency, like many others, uses contractors in roles that complement and enhance the skills of our own work force, just as American law permits." However, according to Mark Corallo, of XE services (formerly Blackwater): "Blackwater USA was never under contract to participate in covert raids with CIA or Special Operations personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan or anywhere else. Any allegation to the contrary by any news organization would be false, " Admittedly, many analysts agree that the CIA`s use private security firms to perform some of their dirty work, falls in a legal gray area. So naturally, XE Services will deny any participation in this dirty work.

The role of clandestine mercenaries has been limited, and it`s up to the CIA and the Obama administration to judge whether their involvement with war operations is still necessary.