Aug. 3, 2009 Update from The Nation: Blackwater founder Erik Prince implicated in murder.
A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company.
I wrote one of the most read Capitol Hill Blue columns, "Bush’s Blackwater, an armed and deadly mercenary Christian army". Here’s the staff report to the House Oversight Cttee., just released. I keep thinking I should take this column off the front page but as a story this is more like a wound that just won’t stop bleeding… Readers are still finding the column on search engines, so I’ll keep it here awhile longer. Plus, I have a hunch folks at Blackwater may not like the exclusive C.H.B. high resolution aerial photo of their training site. First the Iraqi government tried to ban Blackwater after they shot and killed between 11 and 20 innocents citizens. Then, after who knows what pressure from the U.S. the powers-that-pretend-to-be in Iraq’s government winked and blinked and next thing we know Blackwater is back with their itchy trigger fingers. Next thing we read is that some Blackwater hired guns may have been selling weapons to terrorists. And then we hear that there’s hard evidence coming to light about other killings of innocents. Read on here, and stay tuned to the news. Hopefuly the public will wake up with outrage to the role that Blackwater and other contractors play in Iraq. Exclusive high resolution aerial picture my friend took of the N. Carolina training site. . When I wrote my original column in April like most of you I knew Blackwater was a military contractor with personnel in Iraq. I knew they also sent armed personnel to police the street of New Orleans after Katrina. But I did some research after a private pilot friend sent me a series of photographs he took flying over their 6,000 acre North Carolina training site ((See enlarged high resolution picture by clicking HERE), my friend took them not knowing whether there might be dire consequenses flying so close to their facility. "Accidents" happen.
Once I did a little reading I was horrified at the secret virtually unregulated army Bush has at his beck and call. This mercenary army is arguably composed of conscienceless assassins who are among the best of the best, or worst of the worst, depending on your point of view about being highly skilled at "stability solutions" utilizing assault rifles. They pride themselves on "providing solutions that are practical, economical, timely and effective". One of their mottos. Amazingly, they sound like an IT consulting firm with body armor and AK-47s. You bet they provide solutions, because when another motto is "when failure is not an option and hope is not enough" who is going to quible about killing a few innocent civilians? When all the truth comes out about Blackwater’s activities I think we’ll find that what they got away with since they’ve been in Iraq makes Abu Ghraib’s torture look like fraternity hazing. Read the original column and comments here, and then click back to add new comments.