Xe (Blackwater) still eligible for government contracts

Paying fines is merely the cost of doing business:

The private security company formerly called Blackwater Worldwide, long plagued by accusations of impropriety, has reached an agreement with the State Department for the company to pay $42 million in fines for hundreds of violations of U.S. export control regulations.

But by paying fines rather than facing criminal charges on the export violations, Blackwater will be able to continue to obtain government contracts.

Oh, I understand. Not.

A few more interesting details:

For a time, the company's founder, Erik Prince, had ambitions to turn Blackwater into an informal arm of the U.S. foreign policy and national security apparatus, and proposed to the CIA to create a "quick reaction force" that could handle paramilitary operations for the spy agency around the world. He had hopes that Blackwater's military prowess could be an influential force in regional conflicts.

"Informal arm" = mercenary

Prince, a former Navy Seal and the heir to an auto parts fortune, took an interest in Africa, particularly the Sudan, and he is said to have wanted Blackwater to step in to help the rebels in southern Sudan, which is predominantly Christian and animist, fight the Sudanese government and the Muslim north, despite U.S. economic sanctions.

The State Department export controls require government approval for the transfer of certain types of military technology or knowledge from the United States to other countries. But Blackwater began to seek training contracts from foreign governments and other foreign organizations without adhering closely to U.S. regulations.

Big surprise! The mercenary army you helped build with taxpayer dollars is out of your control. Idiots.


That's a good question

After the way he bitched about the new GI Bill luring soldiers away from active duty (to educate themselves), you'd think he would also be against a mercenary army luring soldiers into the private sector.