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In business news, the private security company once known as Blackwater has changed its name for the second time in less than three years. The company is officially changing its name from Xe to Academi.
Blackwater Private Security Company Changes Name For Second Time in Under Three Years
Entities like this hire out and train guns will always be "blackwater," with all that implies. The history exposes the dark underside of the security industry. You can call them what you want, but you can't glorify what amounts to mercenaries.
When so-called democracies hire mercenaries to replace a civilian-based military, they can no longer call themselves liberal democracies.
There are somethings that democracies should not privatize or outsource. Military is one of them, and domestic security is another.
"The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
(Often attributed to Jefferson, no original source for this has been found in his writings) It's a good quote anyway.