Guess what corp. bought Blackwater ("Xe")? [RETRACTED]


RETRACTION: Monsanto DID NOT buy Blackwater/Xe. They merely rented it.

My last post was, as it turns out, overhasty and underthorough; a Mr. Jeremy Bloom of the Great American Northwest has described the situation exactly (at least from my experience) so I thought I would thank him and spread his post by way of retraction. Thank you, Mr. Bloom. (My apologies, Mr. Scahill).

Too Much of a Bad Thing: Monsanto Did NOT Buy Blackwater

How do internet lies get spread? By well-meaning people who pass things on without checking.
Monsanto is one of the worst companies in the world, so it should come as no surprise that they hired an arm of Xe (the mercenary company formerly known as Blackwater) to dig up dirton anti-GMO activists.
Fortunately, and contrary to a number of reports circulation on the internet, the world’s biggest purveyor of genetically modified seeds that has been doing its best to destroytraditional farming from Iowa to Iraq did NOT decide it needed to purchase its own mercenary army.
Here’s what happened.
Jeremy Scahill wrote a comprehensive take-down on Xe/Blackwater, based on internal emails, in The Nation.
The Nation article says:
“One of the most incendiary details in the documents is that Blackwater, through [subisidiary] Total Intelligence, sought to become the “intel arm” of Monsanto, offering to provide operatives to infiltrate activist groups organizing against the multinational biotech firm.”
That means Xe was hired by Monsanto. Not that they were bought by them. But somewhere along the line, Silvia Ribeiro, a Spanish-speaking researcher on environmental issues, read that article and misunderstood what the author meant by “become an ‘intel arm’ and took it literally. She published a Spanish-language article in La Jornada, it got translated into English by (of all things!) Pravda online, conspiracy websites picked up on it, andwell-meaning people proceeded to post the news all over the Internet (usually without indicating the source).
Did Monsanto buy Xe or its subsidiary? No.
“…According to internal Total Intelligence communications, biotech giant Monsanto… hired the firm in 2008–09.”
“Hired by” is not the same as “was bought by”.
“…Black added that Total Intelligence ‘would develop into acting as intel arm of Monsanto.”
‘Black also noted that Monsanto was concerned about animal rights activists and that they discussed how Blackwater ‘could have our person(s) actually join [activist] group(s) legally.’ Black wrote that initial payments to Total Intelligence would be paid out of Monsanto’s ‘generous protection budget’ but would eventually become a line item in the company’s annual budget. He estimated the potential payments to Total Intelligence at between $100,000 and $500,000. According to documents, Monsanto paid Total Intelligence $127,000 in 2008 and $105,000 in 2009.”
Xe is a mutli-million dollar organization. They were paid a couple of hundred thousands dollars to do some intel work (probably nasty and illegal stuff).
This is ALL OVER the Internet right now, all based on one piece of confused reporting.

My apologies to my Gentle Readers. Monsanto did not want to purchase Xe; they just wanted to rent it... for a year or two...

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poorrichard said...
That one didn't work out so well.. Damn I'm going to leave my post of it up.. Buy/Rent what's the difference? If Mike wants to remove it he will.
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poorrichard said...

Get ready for your hit counter to go nutz

Thomas said...

Thank you!

Their actions are starting to speak so loud that the stench of corruption will soon hit the main-stream...

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Anonymous said...

Oh man oh man. Aw jeez. Monsanto with their own mercenary army. Seems push is coming to shove. They're shoving hard and 95% don't even care.

poorrichard said...

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Anonymous said...

the pay is good.

poorrichard said...

Anonymous.. As long as we do not make a profit, we can post entire articles.. Big websites with advertising on their sites can't post entire articles like we do.. We can do it because it is a personal web log of news articles that we share with others.

We can't make any money doing it, or else there would be illegal copyright problems..

That's why big sites like to link to us, so they won't have to pay royalties to the original publisher/writers.

An yet 'Fame Precludes Fortune'

I am very happy making no money at all.

Anonymous said...

I'm not seeing any statement that Monsanto did buy Xe Services at the nation, only that they hired Xe for various jobs...?

Anonymous said...

Not true. Read the original article. Pravda either mistranslated it, or is intentionally misleading people.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this great article. Although, to see this shit going on every day while the rest of the world is nothing but a bunch of drooling zombies isn't really all that much fun. Anyway, keep up the good work. We appreciate you.

Anonymous said...

>>Not true. Read the original article. Pravda either mistranslated it, or is intentionally misleading people.<<

I've read it several times but I still do not see where it claims Monsanto bought Blackwater. I'm not trying to be difficult, I just don't see it claiming anything other than Monsanto hired Blackwater for their services.

Jeff Weinberger said...

This post claiming Scahill's article states that Monsanto bought Xe Services (Blackwater) keeps coming up on Facebook where it keeps getting debunked as well. Apparently the statement in the original article: "According to internal Total Intelligence communications, biotech giant Monsanto—the world's largest supplier of genetically modified seeds—hired the firm in 2008–09," has been taken to mean that Monsanto bought them. Scahill's article, as usual, is a great expose. But it's time you corrected the misinformation which you have no basis to circulate any longer.

a female Faust said...

THANK YOU GENTLE READERS FOR ALERTING ME TO THIS. Jeff -- I am sorry I didn't do the strikethrough earlier, but I did print a retraction as soon as I knew. which was pretty soon after your comment.

if you ever are back here again, do you think i have done enough? should i pull it altogether, or replace it with a jpeg?

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