It pays to have friends in high places.

A retired admiral and short-lived nominee to head the Defense Department has been named the director of the nation's largest and most controversial private security force. Retired Adm. Bobby Ray Inman, 79, who's legendary intelligence career includes serving as the vice director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, director of the National Security Agency, and most recently as deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, will lead the board of directors for Xe Services, formerly Blackwater USA.

The North Carolina-based firm best known for providing security in Iraq and Afghanistan is trying to reshape its image since being acquired by USTC Holdings.

Actually, the North Carolina-based firm is best known for murdering 17 unarmed civilians in cold blood.


America's reliance on mercenaries

When our grandchildren look back on the beginning of the 21st century, they will shake their heads and cry. What the hell were the thinking? will be the most generous reaction they'll have.