C. Allen Foster, Scalia’s unnamed friend on his final hunting trip, represented the company formerly known as Blackwater in a case arising out of the death of four of its contractors during the American occupation of Iraq.
[February 25 2016] Presidio County Sheriff’s Office report named C. Allen Foster as Scalia’s close friend on the trip. [Did he pay for the trip travel? ]his eclectic group of clients has included the Republican Party, the libertarian Cato Institute, and the former Blackwater Security Consulting, which was involved in a series of questionable incidents, including a 2007 shootout in Iraq that killed 17 Iraqis.
[January 7 2012] Ted Wright, CEO Academi, The company formerly known as Blackwater settles Fallujah Ambush case ]
The company formerly known as Blackwater agreeing to settle with the families of four security contractors killed in a gruesome 2004 ambush.
The victims’ survivors reached a confidential settlement with the company’s successor, Academi, agreeing to dismiss the case before the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit. The court entered an order dismissing the case on December 29.
An administrator for the estates of Stephen Helvenston, Mike Teague, Jerko Zovko and Wesley Batalona sued Blackwater in 2005 after the contractors were murdered by Iraqi insurgents while escorting a convoy in Fallujah.
They were beaten, burned and executed, and two of their charred bodies were strung from a bridge over the Euphrates River. Searing media images of the events disturbed Americans at one of the low points for the United States during the Iraqi occupation.
The former Blackwater came to symbolize the U.S. policy of hiring private contractors to perform work previously handled by the military.
The lawsuit accused the company of sending the employees into a high-risk, war-torn environment without armored vehicles, automatic weapons and the required number of personnel.
The security company that became so notorious for its violent scrapes in Iraq that it changed its name after being booted from the country now wants back in, rebranded with a new name meant to make it sound “boring.” Once called Blackwater, then Xe Services LLC, the company has changed its name and logo again, this time to Academi. The new name represents a new organization that’s more focused on compliance and “openness,” CEO Ted Wright, who joined the company in June, told CNN. It also comes as the company looks to move back into the expanded market for U.S. security contractors in Iraq as U.S. troops depart. Iraq revoked the company’s license to operate there after a Sept. 16, 2007 shootout in which 17 civilians died. It still works extensively for the U.S. government, but not in Iraq, a contract that once made up about a third of Blackwater’s income, CNN reports. A security expert The Wall Street Journal interviewed said the regulatory climate will likely change in Iraq as U.S. forces leave, and the company now called Academi will have a better shot at a contract there as the State Department hires a “fairly large contingent of people that will be doing a variety of things.”
Wright knew what he was getting into when the headhunter called earlier this year. Still in his 50s, he had built a career as a defense contracting executive. He had served as President of Technology Services and Solutions at BAE Systems before moving to KBR, where he was the Business Unit President for North American Government and Defense.