There is a lot to be said about Blackwater and yes, much of it is unflattering, and a fair amount of that is true. But it is also true that over the years that much of what has been said and written about Blackwater and other private security contractors is grossly inaccurate, biased, misleading, and legally libelous, i.e. jackbooted thugs, mercenaries, Christian crusaders, et cetera.
Someday, a dispassionate and objective reporter or academic will sift through the mountains of paperwork that are doubtlessly stored in various government archives and give us a real history of how Blackwater operated, what contracts it had, who it worked for, what its people did right and wrong. To date we don’t have this; only hysterical screeds masquerading as investigative reporting.
At this point a lot of questions remain unanswered. It’s not clear if all of Blackwater’s branches are up for sale or just its security and training business. One of the most lucrative parts, Presidential Airways, was sold earlier this year for $200 million.
Also unknown is what will happen to Blackwater’s contracts for the CIA and the Joint Special Operations Command. Jeremy Scahill of The Nation writes that, “Prince has shifted some of Blackwater’s clandestine work to companies he does not own but which are run by former Blackwater executives or allies. Among these are Blackbird Technologies, which now employs former Blackwater executive J. Cofer Black (former head of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center) and Constellation Consulting, which is run by former Blackwater executive Enrique “Ric” Prado, a veteran of the CIA’s paramilitary division, the Special Operations Group.” And it unclear whether Blackwater will seek to sell its remaining parts as a package or a la carte.
Another interesting question is who might buy Blackwater? CNN reports that: