Blackwater: In an apparent attempt to disassociate itself from the bad

press and crimes it has been charged with, the company changed its

name to the enigmatic 'Xe.'



The Nation, Pakistan

Pakistan's 'Farsical Lies' About Blackwater


What about the agenda of these companies is so threatening that the Interior Ministry is prepared to lie to everyone concerned?




February 10, 2010


Pakistan - The Nation - Original Article (English)

At the government level, the Blackwater case is fast descending into a shameful farce. Despite all evidence to the contrary, the Interior Minister [Rehman Malik] and his secretary continue to promote the lie that there is no Blackwater in Pakistan. Yet on Tuesday, the secretary doubled down on the lie by declaring, before the National Assembly's Standing Committee on the Interior, that “neither Blackwater and DynCorp nor any other such security agency is operating in the country.”


Yet the record of the Interior Ministry shows bore licenses [gun licenses] being sought by DynCorp through the company's representative in Pakistan and the U.S. Embassy (copies of which were published in The Nation). The documents also show that the U.S. Embassy acknowledges DynCorp as working for it.


The whole case of Inter Risk was linked to DynCorp. The Interior Ministry is also aware of U.S. security company affiliates working in Pakistan, often with Pakistani partners. So why all the lying, even to Parliament? Even when investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill and former-CIA operatives have provided extensive evidence of these operations in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and even after officials of the North West Frontier Province and Pakistani investigative journalists have done their own bit of fact collection, Rehman Malik and his secretary refuse to budge from their increasingly overt falsehoods. And this, despite the arrest of the interior minister's private secretary in connection with the Inter Risk case and the issuance of illegal gun licenses. What about the agenda of these companies is so threatening that the Interior Ministry is prepared to lie to everyone concerned? Or is it just due to scandal and U.S. pressure?



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In a ridiculously arrogant move, the U.S. Embassy has had the audacity to lodge a complaint because law enforcement officials are enforcing laws against the carrying of unlicensed weapons by U.S. Embassy employees (who don't hold diplomatic immunity) and for breaking Pakistani law. Clearly, the United States seeks to put its employees, including Pakistani nationals, above the law.


But what's even more shameful is that the prime minister himself has taken up the U.S. complaint and seen fit to form a committee to study the issue. Members of the committee include the director general of Inter-Services Intelligence - who shouldn't be dragged into local law enforcement matters that are the domain of the police - three federal secretaries as well as Rehman Malik! If only this committee had been formed to look into the issue of missing persons, the nation would have been more assured of the commitment of its leaders to the wellbeing of Pakistanis.


[Editor's Note: According to Amnesty International, Hundreds of people who have “disappeared” were detained under counter terrorism measures justified by Pakistan as part of the US-led "war on terror."

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