The CEO of the company formerly known as Blackwater issued a statement praising a judge's decision to dismiss charges against five of his firm's security guards charged with fatally shooting 14 unarmed Iraqis.
"The company supports the judge's decision to dismiss the charges," said Joseph Yorio, chairman and CEO of the newly christened Xe Services, in a statement appearing in several US media.
"From the beginning, Xe has stood behind the hundreds of brave men who put themselves in harm's way to protect American diplomats working in Baghdad and other combat zones in Iraq," he said.
"Like the people they were protecting, our Xe professionals were working for a free, safe and democratic Iraq for the Iraqi people," read the statement released late Thursday.
Apparently "Xe" protects American diplomats by all means, even by killing innocent Iraqis. Why doesn't the company just admit their guys got spooked by a bomb a mile away and started shooting and accidentally killed a few innocent Iraqis? It's not the first time a security firm killed innocent Iraqis. If we're going to let a private security firm off the hook for killing innocent Iraqis, we might as well free these guys, who actually killed insurgents.