Thursday, April 22, 2010


We've chatted about Blackwater/XE before, so we might as well share the good news:
The former president of Blackwater Worldwide was charged Friday with using straw purchases to stockpile automatic weapons at the security firm and filing false documents to cover up gifts given to the king of Jordan.

Gary Jackson, 52, who left the company last year in a management shake-up, was charged along with four of his former colleagues, according to the federal indictment.
(The whole indictment reads like the plot of The State Within -- a BBC thriller that, while sharing my sympathies, came across as a bit over the top at the time. No longer.)

Now giving executives a pass on the murder of civilians and nailing them for financial shenanigans allows the Bush-vintage "bad apple" lie to continue, but at least the higher-ups are starting to get nailed for something.

Combined with the SEC Goldman-Sachs indictment, you would think there's starting to be some accountability after nearly a decade or more of violations by the powerful with impunity.

If that bothers you, though, be sure to vote Republican this fall -- that'll nip this nonsense right in the bud.

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