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Blackwater whistleblower lawsuit heads to trial

Associated Press at SF Gate  July 26, 2011

A whistleblower lawsuit against the security firm once known as Blackwater is heading to trial in Virginia.

Jury selection starts Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria in a lawsuit brought by former Blackwater employees Brad and Melan Davis.

They accuse the company of cheating the government in bills it submitted for protecting government employees in Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III has already dismissed several of the lawsuit’s claims, including an allegation that Blackwater billed the government for prostitutes.

The Davises’ lawsuit is one of several legal skirmishes Blackwater has fought following its contract work. Blackwater now operates under the name Xe Services

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July 26, 2011 Posted by | Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Contractor Corruption, Government Contractor, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, Whistleblower, Xe | , , | Leave a comment

Former Blackwater company moves headquarters to VA

Associated Press at Sacramento Bee  July 25, 2011

ARLINGTON, Va. — The global security company once known as Blackwater is moving its corporate headquarters from North Carolina to Arlington, Va.

Xe Services says 20 people will move from Moyock, N.C., to Arlington to foster relationships with customers in and around Washington.

While the company’s executive leadership will be based in Arlington, the 7,000-acre training facility in Moyock will also have an executive presence. Xe Services also has training facilities in Groton, Conn., and San Diego and a permanent 10-acre operating base in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Under the Blackwater name, the firm provided guards and services to the U.S. government in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. It drew harsh criticism from members of Congress and others after a 2007 shooting in Baghdad that killed 17 people.

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July 26, 2011 Posted by | Blackwater, Civilian Contractors, Private Military Contractors, Private Security Contractor, Xe | , , | Leave a comment