State Dept. tried to hide Blackwater’s piece of $10 billion contract: report

Contract comes despite Sec. Clinton’s pledge to ban ‘private mercenary firms’

Daniel Tencer — Raw Story 

The State Department has awarded part of a $10-billion embassy protection contract to the company formerly known as Blackwater, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at government documents.

On Thursday, the State Department announced the winners of a tender to protect security services to diplomatic missions around the world, including the US’s massive embassy in Iraq. The name Xe Services — Blackwater’s current name — doesn’t appear in the contract, but the name International Development Solutions does. 

Spencer Ackerman reports at that International Development Solutions is a shell company set up by Blackwater in partnership with engineering firm Kaseman to run US Training Center, a Blackwater subsidiary.

“No one who looks at the official announcement of the contract award would have any idea that firm is connected to Blackwater,” Ackerman writes.

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