(DON'T BE FOOLED - XE IS Blackwater!)


Contact: Dan Kenney
         Co-coordinator of noprivatearmies.org/Clearwater Project
         815.501.1028 (April 27th only) after the 27th, 815.793.0950

A Citizens' Foreclosure At Northwest Illinois Blackwater Site

Over 20 individuals face possible arrest as part of a demonstration of over 50
at the gates of Blackwater(Xe) midwest site in Jo Daviess's County in the
northwest corner of Illinois. The citizens will be going onto Blackwater's
property to serve a notice of foreclosure on the property of a company that is
morally bankrupt.

The demonstration is the final action of the weekend Midwest Regional Catholic
Worker Retreat and Clearwater Conference. Clearwater is a citizen's group formed
to stop Blackwater, one of hundreds of private military companies making
billions of tax dollars for actions that were once only the purview of the US
military. And even though they are making billions of tax dollars Blackwater,
who recently changed their name to Xe to hopefully escape public attention, is
also being investigated for tax evasion, they are being investigated by the AFT
for illegal possession of firearms at their North Carolina site, they are under
investigation for illegal smuggling of weapons into Iraq, and are fighting in
the courts nine wrongful death lawsuits. Five of their contractors are also
facing voluntary manslaughter charges for the shooting in September of 2007 that
led to the death of 17 unarmed, innocent Iraqi citizens.

When so many citizens are facing joblessness, homelessness, and inadequate
wages, and when many hard working citizens are trying desperately to escape the
foreclosure of their homes the citizens participating in the protest tomorrow
believe it is wrong for these private military companies like Blackwater to be
making millions of dollars in profits with taxpayer money. They believe that the
privatization of the military that is taking place at an alarming rate presents
a threat to our democracy. A private shadow army operating outside of national
and international law with public oversight should not be allowed to continue.
And to have these same companies involved with the training of our police
officers is also a danger to American civil liberties.

If we continue to outsource our security to private companies soon security will
not be a right for all, but a privilege for those who can afford the price.

See statement of the Blackwater (Xe) protestors below:

April 27, 2009

As Catholic Workers and other concerned citizens of the United States
we come today to this northwest Illinois Blackwater training site in
an act of nonviolent protest. We are here to make a citizens.
foreclosure on this property of a company that is morally bankrupt. We
are here to reclaim it for the people of this nation who promote
democracy and security by humanitarian efforts.

We stand here today as citizens who live in solidarity with and in
service to fellow citizens who struggle with joblessness,
homelessness, and inadequate wages. We are here to stop the flow of
billions of tax dollars to the privatization of our military and the
miniaturization of our police by companies like Blackwater; a company
that is responsible for:
. Killing innocent Iraqi civilians
. Smuggling weapons illegally into Iraq
. Tax evasion
. Illegal possession of firearms

We are here to hold them accountable for all their illegal and immoral

No matter how many times this company changes its name, it can run but
it cannot hide from its bloody history or its lawlessness.

For More Information Contact: Dan Kenney 815.793.0950

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