It appears that the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency couldn’t even see through discredited security contractor Blackwater’s use of front companies in order to bid on jobs that were not open to them or that they would have been highly unlikely to get, hiring the disgraced firm for a number of contracts.
According to James Risen and Mark Mazzetti, writing in the New York Times, the bad boys of Blackwater snookered their way back into the employment of The Company with surprising ease:
Blackwater Worldwide created a web of more than 30 shell companies or subsidiaries in part to obtain millions of dollars in American government contracts after the security company came under intense criticism for reckless conduct in Iraq, according to Congressional investigators and former Blackwater officials.
While it is not clear how many of those businesses won contracts, at least three had deals with the United States military or the Central Intelligence Agency, according to former government and company officials. Since 2001, the intelligence agency has awarded up to $600 million in classified contracts to Blackwater and its affiliates, according to a United States government official.