Thursday, July 16, 2009

Our Arrival to Xe (Blackwater)...

After a presentation and discussion on mass media and terrorism, we began our trip to Xe. Expectations were running high and the weather was perfect - a crisp blue canopy and sunshine as far as the eye could see.

We boarded the bus and began our drive to Xe's 7000 acre compound in North Carolina. One of the week's speakers had commented on how impressive it was to see 25 young people with a desire to learn about national security. All of these 25 had been awaiting today's outing more than any other - Xe is infamous in the counter-terrorism community.

Xe's compound is huge. It is surrounded by North Carolina's largest soybean / corn farm. A sea of green plants borders Xe. Upon our arrival Xe's security detail reviews our permission to attend. The guard is serious - one begins to feel this place's intensity. We are allowed to go in, the serious fun is about to start.

After a 2.5 mile drive, we arrive at our destination. We are greeted and immediately told that no pictures are allowed since various State Department-approved intelligence groups are in the midst of training. We hear gun fire everywhere and see military and law enforcement personnel throughout.

One of Xe's highest corporate officials greets us and provides us with a briefing about Xe's operations. "Is there anything that Xe does not do?". This is the question that keeps going through my mind. Xe is truly worldwide and its capabilities are multi-functional. From community service and development to the GWOT in the rough terrain of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Xe is there and it is serving with excellence. Obviously no organization is perfect. But we are all impressed with their desire for excellence, effectiveness, and respect for law.

Once the briefing is done, we're off to the tour. I will write more later...

3 comments:

Brian said...

Dr. Gerson Moreno-Riano, you are either the most naive person in the world or a whore for the government. Xe are murderers, plain and simple. And you are contributing to their criminal activities by shining a favorable light on them.

nones said...

Xe is a soulless corporation which profits from greed and human suffering.

SC said...

What are you going to be when you grow up son? asks a father. I'm going to shoot people for money dad, so my leaders can feel safe that I'm too occupied doing their dirty work to notice what is going on behind the wooden curtain. (the cross they hide behind). ----I love my country and Christianity but some men exploit religion to get their $$$. Do those children know that the CIA builds churches to pawn them?

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