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John Ashcroft Is Blackwater's New Ethics Chief

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Spencer Ackerman reports:

Ashcroft will head Xe's new "subcommittee on governance," its backers announced early Wednesday in a statement, an entity designed to "maximize governance, compliance and accountability" and "promote the highest degrees of ethics and professionalism within the private security industry."

In other words, no more shooting civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan; no more signing for weapons its guards aren't authorized to carry in warzones; no more impersonations of cartoon characters to acquire said weaponry; and no more 'roids and coke on the job.

"This is a company with a strong history of service to its country, and a reputation of best-in-class offerings to its public and private customers," Ashcroft said in a statement. "I look forward to helping [U.S. Training Center, aka Blackwater] enhance its governance and oversight capabilities as the company moves forward."