Reminds me of ……. the Roman Empire, which hired lots of mercenaries in its ‘last days’.
– CIA hired Blackwater mercenaries to kill al Qaeda: oops, forgot to tell Congress (Examiner)
– CIA Said to Use Outsiders to Put Bombs on Drones (New York Times)
– Source: CIA hired Blackwater to help hunt al Qaeda leaders (CNN)
– CIA terror link puts rebranded Blackwater under fire again (Guardian)
Blackwater changed its name to XE because of the really bad image.
Millions of taxpayer money at work!
WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA hired private contractors from Blackwater USA in 2004 as part of a secret program to kill top-level members of al-Qaeda, but a spokesman says it never resulted in the capture or killing of any terrorist suspects.
Former Rep. Porter Goss was CIA director at the time, and the contract ended during his time in office, according to a former senior intelligence official and another person familiar with the program. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the program remains classified.
The New York Times first reported Blackwater’s involvement late Wednesday on its website.