Look at these news briefs:
March, Cincinnati-based Chiquita Brands International, pled
guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to
making regular protection payments to Colombian right-wing paramilitary
groups totaling some $1.7 million between 2001 and 2004.
Defense Department has picked five companies, four of them
from the Washington area, for a contract to support the Pentagon’s
counter-narcoterrorism activities. The government may spend as much as
$15 billion through the five-year contract.
The local companies are Arinc of Annapolis, Lockheed Martin of
Bethesda, Raytheon Technical Services of Reston and Northrop Grumman
Information Technology of McLean. The fifth company is Blackwater USA
of Moyock, N.C.
Sept. 17 — The Iraqi government said today it has revoked
the license of Blackwater USA, a private security company that guards
U.S. Embassy personnel in Iraq, following a shootout in downtown
Baghdad on Sunday that left at least nine people dead.
What this means is that it is illegal to use foreign terrorist
organizations. Instead, you have to hire American ones.
More on Blackwater.