Lawyers for the company, now known as Xe Services, argued in court on Thursday that Blackwater contractors were essentially acting as employees of the US government because they were providing security to State Department personnel.
You hear a lot about privatizing services in the talk about reducing the size of government. Let private industry handle student loans, road maintenance, pay private schools with government vouchers, let the banks fuel a housing bubble, etc.
Well, here's a good example of what happens when government services are turned over to private companies. The private company takes the profits and at the first hint of trouble, blames the government.
The profits are distributed to the owners.
The losses are distributed to the taxpayers.