Why do crypto-Christo-fascists hate the government so much? It feeds them so well! According to Mark Mazzetti in the New York Times:
The Central Intelligence Agency in 2004 hired outside contractors from the private security contractor Blackwater USA as part of a secret program to locate and assassinate top operatives of Al Qaeda, according to current and former government officials.Oh, you wanted us to kill terrorists? That we don't do so much. Now, if you want us to gun down some unarmed Iraqi civilians, that we can do!
Executives from Blackwater, which has generated controversy because of its aggressive tactics in Iraq, helped the spy agency with planning, training and surveillance. The C.I.A. spent several million dollars on the program, which did not successfully capture or kill any terrorist suspects.
This was the program CIA Director Leon Panetta killed in June, and one of the programs that Vice President Dick Cheney determined could go forward without Congressional approval.
Republicans have criticized Mr. Panetta’s decision to cancel the program, saying he created a tempest in a teapot.Extra-judicial killings, outsourced to a private company whose employees don't even have a service oath to violate? Yeah, this isn't really that big a deal.
“I think there was a little more drama and intrigue than was warranted,” said Representative Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee.
Unlike Xe founder (and ex-Navy SEAL) Erik D. Prince, at least this guy bothered to show up in uniform before he unzipped and pissed on the Constitution: