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