Posts Tagged ‘Erik Prince’

News and views from around the web posted to the Wonderland Wire:

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In a civil suit against Blackwater, Judge T.S. Ellis III rules “claims alleging direct corporate liability for war crimes” are legitimate.

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Jeremy Scahill, leading journalist on Blackwater, interviewed on Democracy Now! (DN!) on Mark Mazzetti’s breaking story at The New York Times (NYT).

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I was honored to see Jeremy Scahill speak here at “Socialism 2007” conference in my hometown of Chicago, IL in 2007, months after the release of his monumental Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, for the first time. In light of Mr. Scahill’s breaking story of former Blackwater employees alleging its founder is a murderer in sworn statements, that Blackwater (now operating under the name “Xe”) continues to operate under the Obama Administration, and my analysis of the affidavits, the question of many is: What is Blackwater?

Jeremy Scahill – “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” – 16 June 07 (47:23):

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Jeremy Scahill, leading journalist on Blackwater, broke the story at The Nation of two Blackwater employees’ sworn statements, under the penalty of perjury, alleging the founder of Blackwater — now known as “Xe” (pronounced “zee”) — committed some of the highest of high crimes as the Bush Administration’s private mercenary firm in the Middle East.

An analysis of the affidavits filed by John Doe #1 [.pdf] and John Doe #2 [.pdf]. (h/t: Democracy Now!)

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Jeremy Scahill broke this story yesterday and spoke with Keith Olbermann on msnbc last night and Amy Goodman on Democracy Now! (DN!). In a sworn affidavit, an ex-Blackwater operative and an ex-U.S. Marine — know only as John Doe #1 and John Doe #2 — implicated the founder of Blackwater founder Erik Prince in murder(s). Blackwater was the Bush Administration’s hand-picked private mercenary squad in Iraq and Afghanistan that continues to operate under the Obama Administration.

John Doe #2 swore: “To that end, Mr. Prince intentionally deployed to Iraq certain men who shared his vision of Christian supremacy, knowing and wanting these men to take every available opportunity to murder Iraqis. Many of these men used call signs based on the Knights of the Templar, the warriors who fought the Crusades.”

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U.S. assisting Pak military aid to Taliban; Obama Admin argued to Court ‘state secrets is Constitutional’; Blackwater founder implicated by former employee and marine in murder; Big Pharma ‘at the table’ writing healthcare reform bill; Immigration crackdown under Obama mirror Bush; U.S. journalists kidnapped by N. Korea released; and more… (more…)