Everybody Hates You

Fresh off their rebranding, the sociopaths previously known a Blackwater are finding out that people have long memories :

Critics are calling for Southwestern College to rescind a deal that sends students in its police academy to a facility run by the company formerly known as Blackwater.

Southwestern’s governing board unanimously approved an agreement in January to offer Blackwater Lodge and Training Center the use of rooms on campus in exchange for use of Blackwater’s shooting range.

Since the agreement was approved in January, Blackwater Worldwide has renamed itself Xe and changed the name of its Otay Mesa facility to U.S. Training Center Southwest. The center is blocks from the police academy Southwestern College runs on its Otay Mesa satellite campus.

“I don’t think you associate with people involved in criminal activities,” said Liz Sisco, chairwoman of the college’s art department. “I don’t want to be sending that example to our students that this is OK.”

In Washington in January, five Blackwater employees pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges in connection with the shooting deaths of 17 Iraqis in Baghdad in 2007. A sixth employee pleaded guilty.

Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, said Friday that he intends to send a letter to the college board asking it to rescind the deal.


Brian Bonfiglio, an Xe vice president, said his company is trying to be a good neighbor. Bonfiglio said that he did not ask for use of college facilities but that college representatives offered it as a goodwill gesture.

“What is wrong with us providing a state-of-the-art facility to men and women who will potentially answer the call when we dial 911 and we need help?” Bonfiglio said.

Oddly enough, when some old lady calls 911 because her cat is stuck in a tree she doesn’t expect a group of grim-faced armed men to show up, gun the cat down, set the tree on fire, and then speed away in a heavily armored Hummer.

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