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… Knowing that John Ashcroft … an architect and proponent of the infamous “patriot act” is now the ethics chief for Blackwater/Xe allow$ me sleep so much $afer …
Now this would make for great TV comedy…
Blackwater’s New Ethics Chief: John Ashcroft
by Spencer Ackerman … http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/05/04-
The consortium in charge of restructuring the world’s most infamous private security firm just added a new chief in charge of keeping the company on the straight and narrow. Yes, John Ashcroft, the former attorney general, is now an “independent director” of Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater.
Ashcroft will head Xe’s new “subcommittee on governance,” its backers announced early Wednesday in a statement, an entity designed to “maximize governance, compliance and accountability” and “promote the highest degrees of ethics and professionalism within the private security industry.”
Ashcroft’s arrival at Xe is yet another clear signal it’s now that it’s , even as it emphasizes the side of its business that trains law enforcement officers. In September, it won part of a $10 billion State Department contract to protect diplomats, starting with . Ashcroft, a U.S. senator before becoming attorney general in the Bush administration, is a very known quantity to the federal officials that Xe will pitch. Even if he’s not lobbying for Blackwater, Ashcroft’s addition on the board is meant to reassure government officials that its newfound rectitude.
To some, Ashcroft will be forever known as the face of Bush-era counterterrorism, the official who vigorously ; told civil libertarians that their dissents ““; and . At the same time, when Ashcroft was critically ill in 2005, he resisted a White House entreaty to his hospital bed seeking to in defiance of the acting attorney general.
“This is a company with a strong history of service to its country, and a reputation of best-in-class offerings to its public and private customers,” Ashcroft said in a statement. “I look forward to helping USTC enhance its governance and oversight capabilities as the company moves forward,” referring to U.S. Training Center, another of . Like scores of other senior security officials, he’s spent his post-government career .
Xe is still sorting out its permanent leadership and searching for a permanent CEO. For now, the investor team that assembled and empowered a board of directors to run the shop along with the existing management. That board includes former National Security Agency director Bobby Ray Inman. Its chairman is a Clear Channel co-founder, Red McCombs.
Ashcroft and his new subcommittee will report to the board. “With the formation of this subcommittee, and with Ashcroft as its chair,” the firm says in the statement, “USTC aims to set the bar for industry standards against which all other companies will be measured.”
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