Date: Friday, 16-December-2011, 4:33 AM | Message # 1
As U.S. troops prepare to leave Iraq, thousands of contractors are moving in to make a buck in the country devastated by war. And one of them is the world's most infamous mercenary company, formerly known as Blackwater. The firm was once banned from Iraq over allegations of indiscriminate shooting of civilians but now it's trying to wash away the bloody taint by rebranding itself for a second time - it's now to be called 'Academy'. Jack Rice, a lawyer and former CIA officer, who's done extensive research into Blackwater's operations in Iraq, says that, although the company is blamed for having an awful lot of blood on its hands, it's still likely to get new contracts in the country.