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In 2004, the Central Intelligence Agency hired outside contractors from the private mercenary firm Blackwater to locate and assassinate top operatives of Al Qaeda, the New York Times reveals in a story dated this evening (Aug. 19). The Times's sources are current and former U.S. government officials. The CIA spent several millions of dollars on the project, but no Jihadists were captured or killed. Citizens of Potrero in far East County beat back an attempt by Blackwater to put a training camp there. Blackwater did succeed in putting a firing range on Otay Mesa. The company is now called Xe Services.

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SDaniels Aug. 19, 2009 @ 9:18 p.m.

Was meaning to ask, Mr. B. What does "Xe" stand for? "X 'em out?"

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 19, 2009 @ 9:51 p.m.

It means "hugs" as in Hugs and kisses....as in XOXOXOXOXXO to SDaniels......

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antigeekess Aug. 19, 2009 @ 11:11 p.m.

Looks like something followed you home, Daniels.

Don't worry -- if you don't feed it, it'll probably go away.

If not, you can always give it the ole water hose.

:)

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Don Bauder Aug. 20, 2009 @ 6:44 a.m.

Response to post #1: My response is I have no idea what Xe stands for. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Aug. 20, 2009 @ 6:45 a.m.

Response to post #2: XO stands for tic tac toe. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Aug. 20, 2009 @ 6:47 a.m.

Response to post #3: Do you suppose that the dog that followed SDaniels home was a Blue Dog? Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Aug. 20, 2009 @ 8:14 a.m.

Xe is the chemical symbol for Xenon, the heaviest non-radioactive Noble Gas, atomic number 54. Say what? The connection or significance of that to Blackwater and Mr. Prince is a mystery. Perhaps like many corporate names, it just sounded good.

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Don Bauder Aug. 20, 2009 @ 8:21 a.m.

Response to post #7: Does Amway peddle Xenon? Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Aug. 20, 2009 @ 9:05 a.m.

Xe has few uses. It is non-reactive, and can be used to prevent any sort of biological activity. But generally the next-lighter Noble Gas, Argon, is used for that purpose, such as being injected and sealed between panes of thermopane windows. Xenon is really mostly a laboratory curiosity.

However, it is totally possible that Amway came up with some pitch for a product that employed Xenon. They had a million gimmicks. What's one more?

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Don Bauder Aug. 20, 2009 @ 9:56 a.m.

Response to post #9: Maybe the symbolic significance of Blackwater's switch to the Xe appellation is that of light gas. Best, Don Bauder

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Joe Poutous Aug. 20, 2009 @ 10:27 a.m.

I really don't mind that they were hired to kill the bad guys (the bad guys should have expected it).

Slick website.. http://www.xecompany.com I really like the Response to Misleading Press Reports...

The joint audit by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction and the United State Department of State Inspector General released yesterday does not, as some press reports have suggested, allege that Blackwater was ever complicit in overbilling the United States government for work it performed in Iraq in 2006 and 2007.

The audit does not even state that the government overpaid Blackwater for staffing issues. All it suggests is that invoices spanning a period of time are reviewed. A $55 million penalty has in no way been determined.

In fact, the government contracting officer determined that Blackwater was compliant with the terms of the contract at the time for which they were reviewing and the therefore did not apply any deductions or penalties. Blackwater only billed for services provided.

Sounds honest to me. - Joe.

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 20, 2009 @ 11:12 a.m.

Looks like something followed you home, Daniels.

Don't worry -- if you don't feed it, it'll probably go away.

If not, you can always give it the ole water hose.

:)

By antigeekess

Oh-oh, my online babe is jealous!

Geekess, the pup sends you many XOXOXOXOXOXO's too sweetay! I love it when you play "hard to get" :)

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SanDiegoParrothead Aug. 20, 2009 @ 11:52 a.m.

And the problem with killing Jihadists is ???

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drsquid Aug. 20, 2009 @ 1:42 p.m.

Would have been cheaper if they handed each commenter to this post $1 million each, and it would have been just as effective.

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 20, 2009 @ 3:26 p.m.

Would have been cheaper if they handed each commenter to this post $1 million each, and it would have been just as effective.

By drsquid 1

"...it would have been just as effective."

Not to mention much cheaper.

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Don Bauder Aug. 20, 2009 @ 4:47 p.m.

Response to post #11: I haven't studied the matter and find it difficult to respond. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Aug. 20, 2009 @ 4:49 p.m.

Response to post #12: If there is a Geekess, is there also a Nerdess? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Aug. 20, 2009 @ 4:52 p.m.

Response to post #13: I guess the question is which way of killing Al Qaeda members is more economically efficient: with regular troops or mercenaries? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Aug. 20, 2009 @ 4:55 p.m.

Response to post #14: No matter how much I were paid, I'm afraid I would not kill a single member of Al Qaeda. I'm a horrible shot, as my Army record shows. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Aug. 20, 2009 @ 4:57 p.m.

Response to post #15: Yeah, but once each member of our blog got $1 million, traffic would inevitably slow down. Best, Don Bauder

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Burwell Aug. 20, 2009 @ 9:58 p.m.

Response to post #13: I guess the question is which way of killing Al Qaeda members is more economically efficient: with regular troops or mercenaries?

The government should pay Bilgewater for confirmed kills only. This may have been the sticking point with the contract since federal law prevents Bilgewater from paying employees for piecework.

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Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2009 @ 7:19 a.m.

Response to post #21: Remember, too, that there have been other charges of misbehavior by the Blackwater employees in Iraq. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 Aug. 21, 2009 @ 11:59 a.m.

Another black eye story hits the news today on Blackwater, showing how they were basically part of the gov by the way the CIA and BW hired each others senior advisors-very troubling conduct on all levels. This is why there MUST be a ban on all employment for gov employee with private sector emplloyers whom they contracted with for at least 5 years after the employee leaves gov service;

CIA-Blackwater assassination contract points to larger connections

The 2004 deal was just one part of a revolving-door relationship between the agency and the private security firm. Use of outside contractors for such activities has come under widespread criticism.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-cia-blackwater21-2009aug21,0,5024573.story

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Don Bauder Aug. 21, 2009 @ 1:16 p.m.

Response to post #23: The citizens of Potrero must rejoice every day that they beat back Blackwater's attempt to put a training camp in their area. Best, Don Bauder

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