Peter, Meet Principle: Blackwater/Xe Has a New Ethics Chief

by Kevin Jon Heller

His name?  John Ashcroft.  Yep, that John Ashcroft:

The consortium in charge of restructuring the world’s most infamous private-security firm just added a new chief in charge of keeping the company on the straight and narrow. Yes, John Ashcroft, the former U.S. attorney general, is now an “independent director” of Xe Services, formerly known as Blackwater.

Ashcroft will head Xe’s new “subcommittee on governance,” its backers announced early Wednesday in a statement. The subcommittee is designed to “maximize governance, compliance and accountability” and “promote the highest degrees of ethics and professionalism within the private-security industry.”

I could never write a sufficiently snarky response to that.  I’ll just point out that the Ninth Circuit recently reinstated the lawsuit against Blackwater for its 2007 massacre of Iraqi civilians in Nisoor Square.

3 Responses

  1. Let The Eagle Soar…

  2. Thanks for reminding us of that, Rab.  A video may help. So, without further ado, here’s Johnny….

  3. What do you mean, “that John Ashcroft”?  The evangelical Christian?  The Republican?  Please explain.

    It’s interesting to me that Prof. Heller has no problem with the guy who sold Marc Rich a presidential pardon.  Or with the Democratic head of OMB heading over to Citigroup.  Here as elsewhere, Prof. Heller’s thinking relies a lot more on attitude than analysis, and is only persuasive to those who already share his attitudes.

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