“a responsible outfit”

CIA hires Xe, formerly Blackwater, to guard facilities in Afghanistan, elsewhere

In this article, a “U.S. official” is concerned with Xe (née Blackwater) not getting a fair shake:

“They’ve had to prove to the government that they’re a responsible outfit. Having satisfied every legal requirement, they have the right to compete for contracts. They have people who do good work, at times in some very dangerous places. Nobody should forget that, either.”

“They’ve had to prove to the government that they’re a responsible outfit.” Novel idea—how about the government having to prove that they’re a responsible outfit? Maybe before they can compete for our ‘social contract’? If that antique political tenet of implicit consent weren’t, you know, completely made up, and “competition” for governance (voting for either of the two megaparties continuously in power, and not choosing the bureaucracy) a complete sham.

I’m tired of election slogans that don’t tell it like it is; I want to see “Vote for the monopoly, it’s always in power,” or more to the point, “Hold still.”

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