The practical jokers at Code Pink put out a press release that purported to come from Blackwater, the security firm, announcing the establishment of a new “Department of Corporate Integrity” that would seek to “put the mercy back in mercenary.” The press release was obviously a joke; here it is in its entirety:
Blackwater USA Unveils New Corporate Integrity Department
Where: Phoenix Park Hotel, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m.
As part of the 2007 Annual Summit of the International Peace Operations Association (IPOA), Blackwater will be unveiling its new Department of Corporate Integrity. Given the public’s concern over recent allegations about the lack of oversight and accountability for private security contractors in Iraq, Blackwater has felt a need to defend its corporate name and clear up its public image.