It seems that everyday there is yet another controversy surrounding private military firm Blackwater International, now known as Xe. Despite the fact that the company is associated with corruption, criminal charges, and negligence, the United States State Department has extended its contract in Iraq. The government in Iraq, however, has said long before it wants the company out after a shootout in Baghdad resulted in the deaths of 17 civilians. Given all this, how is the US Government able to extend the contract and why are they doing this given the tainted image of the company? RT's Dina Gusovsky speaks to Lawrence B. Wilkerson, professor and former chief of staff to Colin Powell.