Your Inner Commando

by
Abby Zimet

"Training today to meet the challenges of tomorrow" - well-armed
apocalypse, anyone? - Xe Services, aka the former infamous Blackwater,
now offers civilians
a range of services at the posh U.S. Training Centers where it trains
military, law enforcement and ragtag psycho mercenaries. Courses open
to the public go from basic pistol and shotgun to tactical pistol,
precision rifle, home defense, carbine and armorer. There are also
women's defensive handgun courses and custom courses "tailored to your
distinct requirements." And, oh yeah, their fancy and aggressively
defensive website notes, as to those "misleading press reports" about
what they did and didn't do in Iraq: They were never complicit in
anything.

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Among the testimonials: "Took Tac Pistol I in April and just
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the best. For someone like me, a stupid dentist, being able to go out
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up the great job! It makes one feel great to be an American. Thank you,
Blackwater." - Dr. W.P.

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