Amy Beddows 5:26 p.m., June 18
CIA Hired Blackwater to Kill Jihadists, Says NY Times
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.