Erik Prince looks like the all-American boy but don’t let the good looks fool you.

The trim, articulate 38-year-old served in the Navy SEALs, an elite commando unit. Ten years ago, Prince decided the particular set of skills used by himself and others could be put to more lucrative use on the private market, so he started Blackwater USA, a firm of mercenaries for hire, killers for profit who have profited extremely well in President George W. Bush’s illegal and immoral war in Iraq.

Blackwater operates in Iraq as trained assassins beyond the rules of war, killing at random while raking in huge fees from the U.S. government. They got the “no-bid” contract through strong political connections with the Bush administration: Prince’s sister-in-law is Betsy DeVos, a fact cat Bush fund-raiser, former Michigan Republican Party chairwoman and wife of the party’s 2006 nominee for governor.

But despite the corporate facade, Blackwater is just another gang of mercenaries, killers for hire, ready to spread death and mayhem in any place where money can be made. The government even hired them to provide “security” in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and, from all reports, the Blackwater operatives generated more terror than the storm.

Now Blackwater is under public scrutiny for killing Iraqi civilians without provocation and shooting first and trying to cover it up later. So Prince brought his all-American charm to Capitol Hill Tuesday to try and explain away the excesses of his gang of thugs.

“Based on everything we currently know, the Blackwater team acted appropriately while operating in a very complex war zone on Sept. 16,” Prince gave a Congressional committee as an excuse for killing at least 17 Iraqi civilians in a public square.

Complex war zone? Witnesses to the massacre on Sept. 16 say there was nothing complex about the way Blackwater’s killers opened fire on unarmed civilians. A bunch of gun-toting, trigger-happy thugs simply killed at will. Nothing complex. Just trained murderers going about their daily business.

A Congressional report says Blackwater USA has been involved in nearly 200 shootings in Iraq since 2005. The private army of mercenaries, the report says is “dangerously out of control.”

The report continues:

Blackwater has covered up fatal shootings involving its staff, is the first to shoot in most incidents, and has joined in US military tactical operations.

The Mafia had a name for such an operation: He called it “Murder, Inc.”

Prince, of course, has still more explanation for all this:

We have 1,000 guys out in the field, People make mistakes; they do stupid things sometimes.

The real stupidity lies with the Bush Administration for allowing a politically-connected gang of murderers for hire to operate carte blanche in the Iraq war but it’s not the first or the last stupid thing Bush will do when it comes to Iraq.

The Iraq government says it’s had enough of Blackwater and its killers and wants the company out of the country. The U.S. is resisting.

Prince, like the mercenary he is, knows that if he can’t get rich in Iraq he can always kill for profit elsewhere.

“If the government doesn’t want us to do this, we’ll go do something else,” Prince told the Congressional hearing Tuesday.

Sadly, Prince is right. There’s always work for professional killers and money is the only oath of loyalty for a gang of mercenaries like Blackwater USA.


  1. Sandra,

    I for one would NEVER want to see you banned on CHB. You always present your viewpoints rationally and without rancor or hostility of any kind.

    I’m totally with you and CheckerboardStr on this one. I hadn’t considered the idea of a thousand snipers spread out through the US. These people are nuts. They are capable of something as horrendous as this.

    “I am now a chronic liar on these sites as these are new voters brought in by their ministers to back Bush on everything.”

    If you caught Bill Moyers Journal on PBS last night you are truly frightened. It was all about Hagee and his Christians United For Israel movement, CUFI. It is truly mass hysteria. That was the first half. The second half was Moyers interviewing the rabbi who edits Tikkun and some other Christian scholar. I wish I could remember their names. The interview provided a counterpoint look at CUFI by a couple of SANE theologians.

    Everyone should try and catch it if they rebroadcast it. It will probably turn up on YouTube as well.


    — Kent Shaw

  2. My God, Jeff, you scare me to death! I do remember Ventura’s comments and often thought about Prince and his Christian contacts to force what Bush did not produce in his years in the White House. I remember clearly when Robertson and Falwell threatend to pull their support for Bush in 2004 because he did not ban abortions or same sex marriages.

    There are enough Social Conservatives to back up Prince as their sites and forums are filled with glorious tales of Blackwater. There is no convincing these people that Blackwater is working outside of the law; they don’t care as all they want is a ban on abortions and same sex marriages. These people will not look for the truth of their actions and want only their prohibitions anyway they can get them.

    I’m taking a terrible beating on several sites when I brought up what I read in Scahill’s book. I am now a chronic liar on these sites as these are new voters brought in by their ministers to back Bush on everything. It scares the hell out of me as my voice is again shut out. Even at CHB, it is easier to ban me than to understand my words. I’m quite used to it. I never want to be known as a quitter and I will expose the illegal actions found in the Bush Administration until my brain shuts down.

  3. Thank you gentlemen, I got it and am stunned! It explains exactly what is wrong in our government but I don’t know how to fix it. The Evangelical Christians and Jews have become a war machine with Blackwater as their army. What do we do now? Get Hillary elected to stamp out these two-tiered Evangelicals? Or will she join in and support them? If this continues, America won’t be worth 25 cents.

    What is Hagee doing, what does he want, Armageddon? Getting all the Jews back to Israel so the bible will be proven true and the world can simply dissolve and everyone goes to heaven?

    What bugs me is that these unAmerican maniacs are getting tax breaks legally. The rest of us have to cover the cost of Blackwater plus the lack of taxes from these groups. Why can’t America see through this idiocy? Could it be that Hagee is using the American Jews to return them to Israel so they can all die in the arms of Jesus? Not even SNL could invision this crap.

    Somebody needs to write this up. I can’t do it as I’m no longer writing for CHB. I can’t even read the forum. I’ve been bad and understand why.

    What I will do is sit down tomorrow and review the videos and google the organization led by Hagee and put it out on my other sites. Sam Harris will allow my commentaries and he has a great membership of readers. I will also contact Edward Kabash in Los Angeles who made a stunning presentation at the Atheist Alliance International in D.C. last week. I attended and was impressed. I have Jeff’s email and will send a copy of my stuff to him for evaluation. thank you guys, you are great and an asset to CHB.

  4. BILL MOYERS JOURNAL reports on the politically powerful group Christians United for Israel, whose leader, Pastor John Hagee, advocates for a preemptive strike against Iran.

    BILL MOYERS JOURNAL talks with Rabbi Michael Lerner, editor of TIKKUN, a Jewish journal of politics, culture, and spirituality, and Dr. Timothy P. Weber, author of ON THE ROAD TO ARMAGEDDON: HOW EVANGELICALS BECAME ISRAEL’S BEST FRIEND.

    In today’s world … what …

    — Kent Shaw

  5. “Worse yet, there are plenty whose ill-got gains amount in the tens of billions who feel that they are duty bound to “take back Amurrika fer Gawd” or some such twattle.”

    You have GOT to look for a rerun or a net vid of a Bill Moyers replay. Heck I’ll look for it and post a URL below.

    It is truly frightening.

    Honestly, by comparison it matches in tenor ANY radical sect of Islam. I believe they would be capable of hiring large numbers of Blackwater operatives for ‘security’.

    And under George Bush’s chickenhawk neoconservative capitalist regime, these would truly be troops blessed by God to swarm over the land with the God given right to arrest, charge, try and convict on the spot. And send a bill for the bullet to your estate.

    ” It can’t happen here. ”


    — Kent Shaw

  6. Just watch and wait for the tipping points is all I can say. The moral majority (which is neither) and the extreme neocon wing both feel slighted and maligned.
    There are plenty who feel it is their justified and God given duty and right to pump their personal fortunes into some dangerous harebrained scheme like this.
    Worse yet, there are plenty whose ill-got gains amount in the tens of billions who feel that they are duty bound to “take back Amurrika fer Gawd” or some such twattle.
    These people see themselves as mini-Messiahs, doing Gawd’s work and making a profit at it, delivering the gubmint into the hands of protectors.
    We’ve all watched the test programs in action, Katrina, the L.A. riots, the DC sniper, and we’ve seen the execution of mass propaganda in the wake of the attacks of September 11th.
    Just remember that it only takes a well oiled plan, in the hands of a small group of determined and wealthy jackasses with Messiah complexes, to deliver the final blow.
    I fully and seriously believe that the Erik Prince’s of this world see themselves mounted atop a bronze steed in some public square.

    There’s an old saw about how to tell if the statue depicts whether or not the general died in peacetime or in battle but there’s no set way to sculpt a maniacal private merc stuffing our own heads up our asses while a compliant public looks on in ignorance.

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