The Blackwater founder advocates privatizing the military in Afghanistan and compares his work to that of Elon Musk and SpaceX.
Through Cabinet appointments, Donald Trump is gutting federal agencies that have improved our lives in ways most Americans will no longer take for granted.
Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater (now Xe Services), the world’s most notorious private military contractor, is discreetly training an 800-man army capable of defending infrastructure, suppressing rebellions and battling regional state enemies for the UAE. (more)
Hold your breath. John Ashcroft--George W. Bush's first attorney general and champion of the Patriot Act--has just taken an ethical advisory position with Xe Services, the military contractor formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide. (more)
Jeremy Scahill reports in The Nation that a "former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine 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".
Blackwater USA founder and chairman Erik Prince stubbornly defended his company Tuesday while members of the House Oversight Committee grilled him with questions such as "Why are we privatizing our military to an organization that has been aggressive and in some cases reckless in the handling of their duties?"
How did it come to be that the ostensibly best-educated and most refined representatives of the United States in Iraq are guarded by gun-toting mercenaries who kill innocent civilians? More urgently, why did State Department employees and their bosses in Washington tolerate -- and pay to conceal -- the wanton murder conducted on their watch?