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Ear to the Ground

Blackwater CEO Steps Down

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Posted on Mar 2, 2009
Erik Prince

Saying that he’s “taking on new challenges,” Blackwater Worldwide founder and CEO Erik Prince announced Monday that he’s resigning from his long-held position at the top of the security company, which has now changed its name to the spooky and sci-fi-tinged Xe.


Prince, in an e-mail to employees and independent contractors, said Danielle Esposito will become chief operating officer and executive vice president. Esposito has worked for the firm and its partners for nearly 10 years.

Blackwater/Xe’s president, Gary Jackson, is also retiring, Prince said.

The position of CEO will remain open, the company said.

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By SVANDUSEN, March 3, 2009 at 2:00 pm Link to this comment

Lest we forget—-the SS was a PRIVATE army. It was an offshoot of the NAZI party, a POLITICAL organization. It was ATTACHED TO but never INCORPORATED INTO the Wehrmacht. It was, however, under the COMMAND of the Wehrmacht and, at least nominally, under its CONTROL. It was the acceptance of this arrangement and the attendant responsiblity for for actions carried out that formed a portion of the charges brought against Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel. Keitel was charged, tried, convicted, and executed for war crimes. Other Wehrmacht officers were also charged, tried, convicted, and punished for war crimes involving actions committed independently and IN COOPERATION WITH units of the SS. SS personnel were also charged, tried, convicted, and punished for war crimes.

Blackwater personnel were and still are ATTACHED TO and function in COOPERATION WITH units of the regular armed forces and intelligence agencies in Iraq and Afganistan. Their role in combat operations, interrogations, and other intelligence gathering is known and documented. The involvement of Blackwater personnel in instances of prisoner abuse and the wrongful death of civilians is also known and documented.

If it is ever possible to obtain a legal definition of any of these acts as war crimes, it will be absolutely appropriate to indict, charge, and bring to trial in international court, not only rank and file employees of Blackwater but its EXECUTIVE OFFICERS as well.

Let us hope that this is done!!!

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By Monish Chatterjee, March 3, 2009 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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[I sent this to Common Dreams earlier]:

Anything remotely bad happening to cold-hearted mass-killers such as Eric Prince, the loathsome Dimbulb, the cruel, heartless Darth Vader, the Josef Mengele-like, grandfatherly personification of evil known as Rummy-

these ruthless crooks shamelessly coddled and nurtured by a very large number of inhuman robots in this nation, and further aided by the likes of Pelosi, Feinstein and Reid- anything bad ever happening to such unrepentant criminals, would, in a sane and even partially fair world, be great cause for celebration. As would be similar accountability for the hate-parade that just unfolded under the Klan-lite disguise known as CPAC.

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By GB, March 3, 2009 at 9:04 am Link to this comment
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His new challenge is probably being hired by cheney to pull off the next 911.

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By Outraged, March 3, 2009 at 12:56 am Link to this comment

I’d love to postulate an incredibly intellectual presupposition here, but the only word that comes to mind is….., SKANK.

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By Nannie, March 2, 2009 at 6:16 pm Link to this comment

Eric Prince==This man has done almost as much harm to America as exbush and all his buddies. Keep an eye on him, he is ruthless and deadly.

” What did you learn today?
Did you learn how to believe? or…Did you learn how to think?”

~ Seventeen Traditions ~ by Ralph Nader

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By Stephen Smoliar, March 2, 2009 at 4:56 pm Link to this comment

On February 20 in response to the rebranding stunt, I gave my Chutzpah of the Week award to the senior management of Xe:

Who knew that would embarrass them into retirement!  (Actually, this particular award should have been called the Lipstick on a Pit Bull Award!)

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By purplewolf, March 2, 2009 at 4:38 pm Link to this comment

Now than Cheney’s paid killer/crooks have taken all they can lay their hands on from the American taxpayers, they are sneaking off into the night, so to say. No surprise here. I just wondered what took they so long to resign.

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