Under Cover

'Blackwater' Still Going Strong

The federal government may be investigating whether or not Blackwater bribed Iraqi officials on the one hand; on the other, the security contractor, now known as Xe, is still winning government contracts from the likes of the Pentagon and the CIA by changing the names of its subdivisions. In some cases, Xe calls these offshoots merely “affiliates,” but ABC News says that all are owned by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and that “the companies are nothing more than new names on the same old Blackwater.” In total, there are 20 different “limited liability corporations” that are owned by Prince and registered to the same address as Blackwater-Xe.