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    Blackwater founder 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. The former employee also alleges that Prince "views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe," and that Prince's companies "encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life."
    Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder

    This scumbag is worse than I thought.

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    The former employee, identified in the court documents as "John Doe #2," is a former member of Blackwater's management team, according to a source close to the case. Doe #2 alleges in a sworn declaration that, based on information provided to him by former colleagues, "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."
    In a separate sworn statement, the former US marine who worked for Blackwater in Iraq alleges that he has "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."
    A "Thanks" to the first person who can identify the problem with these two statements.
    People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.

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    Re: Blackwater founder implicated in murder

    I hope karma has finally caught up to these war profiteering bastards.




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    Re: Blackwater founder implicated in murder

    You get what you give.......................

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    Re: Blackwater founder implicated in murder

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    A "Thanks" to the first person who can identify the problem with these two statements.
    Hearsay, which while certainly not admissible in court to quote Perry Mason, certainly does them no good publicity wise.

    However, regardless of the merits of this story, these private contractors do need to start operating under some form of rules, regulation, or authority. I do not see why most of these could not fall under the jurisdiction of the military.

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    I hope the guy sits in a cell for the rest of his sick life.
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    Re: Blackwater founder implicated in murder

    Quote Originally Posted by sam_w View Post
    Hearsay, which while certainly not admissible in court to quote Perry Mason, certainly does them no good publicity wise.
    Agreed, but given the paucity of facts and the bias of the author of this article, I don't know how much, if any, of this to believe.

    Jeremy Scahill, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, is the author of the bestselling Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, published by Nation Books. He is an award-winning investigative journalist and correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now!.
    Scahill's work appears frequently on Alternet, Commondreams, Counterpunch, Truthout, Antiwar.com, Huffington Post and many other independent news sites.


    However, regardless of the merits of this story, these private contractors do need to start operating under some form of rules, regulation, or authority. I do not see why most of these could not fall under the jurisdiction of the military.
    They are already subject to plenty of authority. The Justice Department indicted 5 guards over the Nisoor Square incident.
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    Re: Blackwater founder implicated in murder

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    They are already subject to plenty of authority. The Justice Department indicted 5 guards over the Nisoor Square incident.
    I remember at one point the DoD et al weren't even sure of how many companies were providing private security services in Iraq at the US expense. I think that may be a sign of less than optimal oversight, "subject to authority" or no.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Blackwater founder implicated in murder

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Agreed, but given the paucity of facts and the bias of the author of this article, I don't know how much, if any, of this to believe.
    As with everything else in life we will not know the story for months, if not years to come. Hence why I am not necessarily going to jump on this story. Just like the so called massacre at Haditha, it took a long time and finally a damn good investigative doc by PBS Frontline that showed what really happened is not what was first reported (and why some certain member of Congress should have kept his loud mouth shut).

    With that said, there is no more doubt that private contractors under the old cowboy rules did more harm that good; for both the U.S. and the men on the ground. I just finished reading Big Boy Rules by Steve Fainaru, which really gives an excellent insight into the world of private contractors in Iraq. Tragic story too as it recounts the deaths of several contractors, one of whom lived just a couple of miles away from me.

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    They are already subject to plenty of authority. The Justice Department indicted 5 guards over the Nisoor Square incident.
    I spoke to soon. I forget they did pass a law last year. Too bad it was a few years too late. These gung ho jingoist prick mercenaries made life entirely more dangerous for our soldiers, who of course did not receive the six figure salaries. They rode around the country shooting up everything in sight, disregarding the impact it would have on the population. They were a P.R. nightmare, that at some points even got so out of control they drew weapons on our own soldiers. That is just plain f**ked up. In that event if the U.S. or UK troops shot back, I would have demanded they get a medal.

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    Re: Blackwater founder implicated in murder

    Quote Originally Posted by RightinNYC View Post
    Agreed, but given the paucity of facts and the bias of the author of this article, I don't know how much, if any, of this to believe.
    You are defending Blackwater? Sweet

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