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Ashcroft Assumes Ethical Advisory Role With Xe Services

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Posted on May 4, 2011
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Ashcroft speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2010.

Hold your breath. John Ashcroft—George W. Bush’s first attorney general and champion of the Patriot Act—has just taken an ethical advisory position with Xe Services, the military contractor formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide.

Blackwater has employed tens of thousands of private mercenaries in the Middle East since the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, some of whom were shown slaughtering Iraqi civilians in the WikiLeaks-released Iraq war logs. —ARK

Politico:

Ashcroft, who became a controversial figure while serving as George W. Bush’s attorney general from 2001 to 2005, will head the company’s subcommittee on governance, which “will focus on the company’s efforts to maximize governance, compliance and accountability, continuing to build and promote the highest degrees of ethics and professionalism within the private security industry.”

... In a company statement, the chairman of the Xe’s board, Red McCombs, said Ashcroft’s “experience, unparalleled reputation for integrity and personal commitment to ethics, transparency, and excellence” made him a good pick for the job, bringing big-name legal clout to the company.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 6, 2011 at 10:30 am Link to this comment

No. You are wrong.  The scary thing about Ashcroft is that he is FAR from the scariest of these people, as bat-shit crazy as he is. We KNOW he has limits beyond which he won’t go (extreme as they are).

But Blackwater?  What are they but a legal Mafia?

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By Gil, May 5, 2011 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment
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These comments are all very cute, but they sadly, dangerously miss the fact that
these are extremely serious and dangerous conditions that impact our lives, this
so-called democracy, and all future generations. We are allowing the future to be
destroyed!

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By Inherit The Wind, May 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm Link to this comment

At least Ashcroft can sing! (or thinks he can….)

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By SarcastiCanuck, May 5, 2011 at 11:38 am Link to this comment
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Well,looks like The Dominionists that Chris Hedges talks about have a figurehead for thier parallel army.Be careful America,the creeping fascists are creeping a little closer to thier goals.If the Christian right takes over you might as well use your constitution as a door stop.If they take over,it will be as W once said,‘Your either with us or agin us”.All you lefties,atheists,agnostics,gays,alternate religions,visible minorities,etc,prepare to be marginalized by the religous despots.Hold your breath indeed,because they will have all the big guns.

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By Gil, May 5, 2011 at 6:21 am Link to this comment
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Why hold your breath?  No surprise at all.  Typical John Ashcroft.  After all, he’s
a full-fledged member of one of the ugliest gangs in the history of Christianity,
our Religious Right, and his twisted notions of religion—though all of religion
is twisted—is that it’s a hokey-pokey mythology that justifies any distortions
at any time to be used as a cover for prejudices and material gain.  To
accomplish that, one must only be extremely adaptable.  That means to be
completely without principles.  John Ashcroft uses religion the way johns use
whores as both of them cruise the streets plying their buyer-seller trades.  That
Religious Right owner/manager of XE, Blackwater does the same.  He and
Ashcroft are a perfect fit, just as the XE owner and our governments under Bush
and Obama are a perfect fit.  It’s all a facade for gaining wealth by hook or by
crook and by protecting it by dirty politics, including warfare.  When you’re not
in a position to wage public wars within government, you sell and wage them
privately, usually to corrupt governments like ours.  The only life that has any
value is their own.

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By Inherit The Wind, May 5, 2011 at 3:55 am Link to this comment

There’s incompetence and incompetence.
Level 1: There’s the incompetence of not being able to get the cabinet under the sink open because you can’t manage the child lock.

Level 2: Then there’s the incompetence that lets you leave the cabinet open (once you are shown how to work the child lock) so the two year old can get into the cleaning chemicals.

Level 3: THEN there’s the CRIMINAL incompetence of encouraging the two year old to play with the cleaning chemicals. 

THAT was Alberto Gonzales. Level 3.  Ashcroft was more like level 1.

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By Leefeller, May 5, 2011 at 2:54 am Link to this comment

A few Republicans may have ethics, a very few, now accountability that is still a very few and never ask a Republican to count anything!

This may explains why Republicans don’t do retail jobs making change, ... something to do with tapping the till?

By the way ITW, I had already forgotten about Gonzales and his incompetence, so I guess there are the old Republicans and new incompetent Republicans who are yes men, guess lucky for the Democrats most Republicans are the latter?

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By Inherit The Wind, May 4, 2011 at 7:57 pm Link to this comment

Actually, the scary thing is that Ashcroft may well be the most ethical man at the table, by a long shot. 

Remember that, near death in the hospital, Alberto Gonzales and Andrew Card tried to get Ashcroft to overrule acting AG Comey refusal to authorize what he considered to be an illegal action to destroy the independent judiciary.  Ashcroft told them “No” that Comey was the AG, not him. Period.  Gonzales and Card walked out of his room without a word.

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By TDoff, May 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm Link to this comment

In his first speech to the assembled Xe/Blackwater mercenary troops, Ashcroft repeatedly hammered home his key ethical advice:

‘REMEMBER, IF YOU DON’T GET CAUGHT DOIN’ IT, IT AIN’T UNETHICAL. AND IF YOU DO GET CAUGHT, I GOT THE CONNECTIONS TO MAKE IT DISAPPEAR’.

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