ACADEMI WATCH
(Don't be fooled - Academi IS Blackwater!)

Academi Watch (formerly Blackwater Watch then Xe Watch) was formed in 2007 as a spin off of North Carolina Stop Torture Now . Headquartered in North Carolina, Academi Watch seeks to shine a light on Blackwater USA specifically, and private armies/mercenaries generally, with respect to their human rights violations, absence of accountability and their profiteering at the expense of, and lobbying for, war and conflict. Academi Watch represents a growing contingent of concerned individuals and groups including, but not limited to, human rights and peace activists, people of faith, civil libertarians, and veterans. We are in solidarity with the people in San Diego, California, Mount Carroll, Illinois and Coeur d' Alene, Idaho who are fighting Academi's mercurial growth and expansion.

"We have tens of thousands of armed contractors in Iraq defending the Green Zone, defending the military, defending contractors...But they're not part of the military command structure." - George Washington University Professor Steve Schooner, an expert on military contracting.

Blackwater Victims Defense Fund

Blackwater's training facility, located on 7,000 acres in North Carolina, comprises several ranges, indoor, outdoor, urban reproductions, a man-made lake, and a driving track in Camden and Currituck counties. It is one of the largest firearms training facilities in the world.

"These private security forces have behaved brutally, with impunity, in Iraq. To have them now on the streets of New Orleans is frightening and possibly illegal." - Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights

The company trains more than 40,000 people a year, from all the military services and a variety of other agencies. - Wikipedia

“...the vast majority of Blackwater weapons discharges are pre-emptive, with Blackwater forces firing first at a vehicle or suspicious individual prior to receiving any fire.” - New York Times, Report Says Firm Sought to Cover Up Iraq Shootings, October 1, 2007

Security company Blackwater U.S.A. is buying Super Tucano light combat aircraft from the Brazilian manufacturer Embraer.....The aircraft can carry up to 1.5 tons of weapons, including 12.7mm machine-guns, bombs and missiles.
'Blackwater plans to have an operational version of its airship up and running by September 2006...' - Military Aerospace Technology, Online Edition
'Blackwater's maritime division will operate vessels suitable for training, disaster response, law enforcement, surveillance and security, including anti-terrorism and anti-piracy activities.' - The Virginian-Pilot, Bill Sizemore, Blackwater showing off new training ship at Nauticus, September 18, 2007
'Total Intelligence Solutions has assembled a roster of former spooks -- high-ranking figures from agencies such as the CIA and defense intelligence....that will sniff out intelligence about natural disasters, business-friendly governments, overseas regulations and global political developments for clients in industry and government.' - Washington Post, Dana Hedgpeth, Blackwater's Owner Has Spies for Hire, November 3, 2007


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