Tom McCuin, Director of Communications at Constellis Group reached out to this Examiner for help in educating the public regarding the current defense contractor ACADEMI and the former, banned from Iraq, defense contractor Blackwater.
According to Mr.Mccuin, in 2010, a group of private investors purchased Blackwater’s training facility in Moyock, North Carolina, from Mr. Erick Prince, original founder of Blackwater. That group retained the rights to the Blackwater name.
Subsequently, they built an entirely new company around this facility, replacing all the executive leadership and management. They established a bipartisan board of directors to oversee the new company’s operations. Per Mr. McCuin, that is the full extent of the relationship between Blackwater and ACADEMI, which is now an independent component company of Constellis Group, itself formed as the result of further mergers and acquisitions. He writes:
“Any assertion that either ACADEMI or Constellis Group is merely the old Blackwater with a purely cosmetic name change is false. Many journalists – and some of our competitors – continue to make this mistake. No matter how many times they repeat it, that does not make it true.”
The following is taken in whole from Wikipedia regarding Constellis Group:
Constellis Group, is a private security company that provides integrated security, mission support and risk management services to corporate, government and non-profit clients. The firm was founded in May 2003 by U.S. Army Special Forces veterans, including former Delta Force personnel. It is staffed by, among others, a number of former Army Special Operations personnel, SEALs, Rangers, MARSOC (Marine Corps Special Operations), MSG (Marine Security Guards), and a small select few law enforcement officers. Currently over 5,000 employees work for Triple Canopy and it has also acquired Academi (formerly Blackwater) in 2014 which was vilified and criticized for the involvement of its employees who killed 17 Iraqi civilians and injured 20 in Nisour Square, Baghdad for which four guards were convicted in a U.S. court.
Since Wikipedia is a free-form, open-edited, online encyclopedia, members of the Constellis Group would be well-advised to “edit out” any references to Blackwater or Xe, another incarnation of Blackwater, on Wikipedia. For most research-type journalists, this remains the go-to site for quick information.
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