Blackwater founder implicated in murder plots

Erik Prince, the fanatical right-wing founder of mercenary contractor Blackwater Worldwide, murdered at least one informant who cooperated with federal investigators probing the company’s illegal operations in Iraq and may have killed more, two former employees say.

The two former employees, one an ex-Marine, say Prince was guilty of many crimes while he ran the massive "security" company that murdered civilians in Iraq and lost its contract with the State Department because of that incident and other abuses.

Prince has resigned from the company,which now operates under a new name, Xe. Xe recently obtained contracts to guard American ships from piracy.

Documents filed in U.S. District Court this week identify the two former employees only as "John Doe No. 1" and "John Doe No. 2." Lawyers for both said the identities were withheld because of threats from Prince and his associates.

Sources close to the case tell Capitol Hill Blue that more explosive revelations about Prince and his methods will emerge as the case progresses.

One of the employees said Prince sees himself as "a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe."

In a sworn affidavit, the employee says Prince "encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life."

The affidavits are among documents filed by lawyers representing relatives of Iraqi civilians killed in attacks by Blackwater operatives.

John Doe #2, who says he worked for Blackwater for four years, says "it appears that Mr. Prince and his employees murdered, or had murdered, one or more persons who have provided information, or who were planning to provide information, to the federal authorities about the ongoing criminal conduct."

The two employees say Prince smuggled illegal weapons into Iraq on his private jet and sold those weapons to Iraqi insurgents for profit. Both claim they have been threatened by Prince and his associates since leaving the firm and that both live in fear of being murdered by their former employer.

John Doe #1 said he "learned from my Blackwater colleagues and former colleagues that one or more persons who have provided information, or who were planning to provide information about Erik Prince and Blackwater have been killed in suspicious circumstances."

John Doe #2 said Prince, a long-time supporter of former President George W. Bush and a heavy contributor to GOP candidates, was driven by an intense hatred of Muslims and used his no-bid contracts with the U.S. Government to conduct his own holy war against Islam.

Said John Doe #2 in his sworn statement:

To that end, Mr. Prince intentionally deployed to Iraq certain men who shared his vision of Christian supremacy, knowing and wanting these men to take every available opportunity to murder Iraqis. Many of these men used call signs based on the Knights of the Templar, the warriors who fought the Crusades.

Mr. Prince operated his companies in a manner that encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life. For example, Mr. Prince’s executives would openly speak about going over to Iraq to "lay Hajiis out on cardboard." Going to Iraq to shoot and kill Iraqis was viewed as a sport or game. Mr. Prince’s employees openly and consistently used racist and derogatory terms for Iraqis and other Arabs, such as "ragheads" or "hajiis." 

Lawyers filed the court documents Tuesday after Prince’s lawyers filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit by Iraqi civilians. The plaintiff’s lawyers say they also provided the documents to the Justice Department, which has an ongoing investigation against Prince and Blackwater.

Xe issued the following statement in response to the new information:

It is obvious that Plaintiffs have chosen to slander Mr. Prince rather than raise legal arguments or actual facts that will be considered by a court of law. We are happy to engage them there. We question the judgment of anyone who relies upon anonymous declarations.

Five former Blackwater security guards entered not guilty to federal charges of manslaughter and other crimes stemming in the September 16, 2007, murder of Iraqi civilians. The trial is scheduled to start in February 2010.

Prince could not be reached for comment.


  1. storky

    Fanatics! Crusaders! Supremacists!

    Yep, that just about covers the qualifications. Equip ’em with state-of-the-art firearms and make them our ambassadors to the Middle-East. Bushies were either morbidly devious or utterly stupid. One thing’s for sure, their moral compass spun like a top.

  2. bryan mcclellan

    Here America;
    gaze upon the visage of their false sense of blue blood.
    This is the face of those that would do anything to rule you, and your voice.

  3. CheckerboardStrangler

    Blackwater will be the army of the coming para military coup. It’s the army of the birthers, tea bagger loonies and other malcontents who won’t tolerate a full term by an elected president not of their party.

  4. Carl Nemo

    Regardless of my negative sentiments towards Blackwater Security, now Xe LLC, I find it hard to believe that someone of Mr. Prince’s sophistication would have revealed his innermost thoughts concerning alleged hatred of Islam to those that were simply being trained to perform in a security capacity.

    My suspicion is the statements made by these desperate John Doe’s will be discredited and thrown out in court as a function of the highly paid lawyers at his disposal. Unless there are videotapes or audio recordings concerning the alleged activities in which he engaged, then their testimony is simply hearsay.

    Blackwater, now Xe LLC I suspect will be around for a long time to come while these little fish that have blood directly on their hands will pay the penalty and not their former CEO Erik Prince.

    Possibly there’s more civil liability against his company than criminal at this time on behalf of parties that were killed by his out of control, possibly renegade employees.

    Carl Nemo **==

  5. storky

    ” I find it hard to believe that someone of Mr. Prince’s sophistication would have revealed his innermost thoughts concerning alleged hatred of Islam to those that were simply being trained to perform in a security capacity.”

    He happily revealed these thoughts in the “right” company.

    Pick up a copy of “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” by Jeremy Scahill. This book presents a progression of his family, beliefs and career. Bush lauded Prince for his faith and commitment.

  6. Gerald Sutliff

    What’s really interesting, only just now alluded to, is the connection of The (“C” Street) Family’s money conduit into Blackwater.
    One wonder how much of their thinking go into GWB’s pea brain.

    Gerald Sutliff
    Bakersfield, CA

  7. Carl Nemo

    Thanks Storky for the input, but relative to a courtroom proceeding involving his accusers; ie., former employees; I doubt seriously that he would have made such comments to them in public with witnesses. To them he would have simply been Mr. Prince their boss.

    His high level contacts in the former Bush adminstration are surely not going to testify against the man in a trial proceeding even under oath. I’ll pick up a copy of the Jeremy Scahill book. Thanks again for the recommendation and your thoughts. : )

    Carl Nemo **==

  8. Carl Nemo

    Hi carlyt,

    The reason? Big $$ continuously profferred to people in high places to buy influence makes a big difference.

    Sorry to say, but our Congress is nothing but a bunch of round heeled ho’s that have a price…!

    Carl Nemo **==