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A Wild WTF! Appears! Disney secretly employed Blackwater

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A Wild WTF! Appears! #Disney secretly employed #Blackwater

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/09/16/disney-monsanto-discovered-blackwaters-hidden-clients/

Walt Disney, Monsanto discovered among Blackwater’s hidden clients

By John Byrne
Thursday, September 16, 2010 8:31 EDT

Monsanto doesn’t stand alone. Through a network of 30 subsidiaries and shell corporations, Blackwater-linked entities provided “intelligence, training and security services” to a cache of major multinational firms, including: Monsanto, Chevron, the Walt Disney Company, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Deutsche Bank and Barclays, according to documents Scahill obtained.

Blackwater’s owner and founder, Erik Prince — who has himself been linked to the CIA — helped train companies through two other firms he controlled: Total Intelligence Solutions and the Terrorism Research Center.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, no one responded to requests for comment.

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People wonder why Disney hiring unaccountable, murderous mercenaries is a big deal? That sentence should answer the question.



Backstory of what happened this week:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021042880

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Reply A Wild WTF! Appears! Disney secretly employed Blackwater (Original post)
Fire Walk With Me Jul 2012 OP
freshwest Jul 2012 #1
msanthrope Jul 2012 #2
randome Jul 2012 #3
msanthrope Jul 2012 #4
randome Jul 2012 #13
msanthrope Jul 2012 #15
sabrina 1 Jul 2012 #26
Luminous Animal Aug 2012 #47
sabrina 1 Aug 2012 #55
dixiegrrrrl Aug 2012 #50
Brother Buzz Jul 2012 #19
Raster Jul 2012 #21
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #58
Raster Aug 2012 #59
Fire Walk With Me Jul 2012 #7
msanthrope Jul 2012 #14
Fire Walk With Me Jul 2012 #18
msanthrope Aug 2012 #41
randome Aug 2012 #49
SidDithers Jul 2012 #8
sabrina 1 Jul 2012 #25
Curtland1015 Jul 2012 #27
sabrina 1 Aug 2012 #43
msanthrope Aug 2012 #36
AverageJoe90 Jul 2012 #5
Fire Walk With Me Jul 2012 #6
greytdemocrat Jul 2012 #12
Fire Walk With Me Jul 2012 #17
greytdemocrat Jul 2012 #24
Fire Walk With Me Aug 2012 #35
Downwinder Jul 2012 #9
msanthrope Jul 2012 #10
Downwinder Jul 2012 #16
msanthrope Jul 2012 #20
sabrina 1 Jul 2012 #28
msanthrope Aug 2012 #37
metalbot Aug 2012 #40
sabrina 1 Aug 2012 #46
snooper2 Aug 2012 #51
sabrina 1 Aug 2012 #44
Fire Walk With Me Aug 2012 #42
ManiacJoe Jul 2012 #11
sabrina 1 Jul 2012 #29
JoeyT Jul 2012 #32
girl gone mad Jul 2012 #22
abelenkpe Jul 2012 #23
starroute Jul 2012 #30
Fire Walk With Me Aug 2012 #34
starroute Jul 2012 #31
Downwinder Aug 2012 #33
GoneOffShore Aug 2012 #38
chknltl Aug 2012 #39
sabrina 1 Aug 2012 #45
Lint Head Aug 2012 #48
RZM Aug 2012 #56
Lint Head Aug 2012 #57
bobthedrummer Aug 2012 #52
raouldukelives Aug 2012 #53
shanti Aug 2012 #54

Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:06 PM

1. Disgusting.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:06 PM

2. Disney paid them 24k to scout a film location in Morocco....

Jeez, from your title I was expecting something a bit more earth-shattering...

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:11 PM

3. I envisioned Micky Mouse holding up a sign that says, "WTF!"

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Response to randome (Reply #3)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:13 PM

4. I thought he was gonna tell us the Dapper Dans were carrying under their seersucker....





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Response to msanthrope (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:27 PM

13. That is disturbing on many levels.

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Response to randome (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:32 PM

15. It's the Happiest Place on Earth. nt

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Response to randome (Reply #13)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:16 PM

26. Have any idea of what Blackwater has done? I'm assuming you do not, as no one who does

could possibly joke about paying them one dime for their services. I am sure the daughter and husband of the doctor they murdered in Iraq or the children they raped in Afghanistan, or the many other victims who are not around to laugh it up, would find anything about that murderous organization amusing.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #26)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:00 AM

47. It's okay, sabrina, because it is DISNEYLAND. Man oh man, I remember when the right wing

paramilitary arm of the Republican Party was toxic on DU.

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Response to Luminous Animal (Reply #47)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:59 PM

55. I remember that too. And Disney, after the far right wing radio stations owned or backed

by Disney refused to remove their talking racists who were attacking Obama on a regular basis. There was so much outrage against Disney and all the other Corps back then.

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Response to randome (Reply #13)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 10:33 AM

50. Can you spell...coup?

The corpocracy has its own army, obeys its own laws, controls its own money....

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:43 PM

19. Not quite an 'E' ticket experience

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:52 PM

21. Yeah, but can they do "Bohemian Rhapsody"?

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Response to Raster (Reply #21)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:11 PM

58. I miss Freddie...

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #58)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 08:24 PM

59. As do I. Musical genius, while generally overused, completely applied to Mercury.

Is this the real life, or is this fantasy?

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:19 PM

7. Judge them by the company they keep.

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:30 PM

14. Well, it's a small world....nt

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #14)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:43 PM

18. Stop being Goofy!

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #18)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:17 AM

41. You asked for....the ride that truly is, torture.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #18)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 06:50 AM

49. I do believe this is the first 'joke' post from FWWM that I've seen.

Is there a Blue Moon out?

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:20 PM

8. LOL...

Earth shattering.

Sid

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:13 PM

25. Disney paying a murderous organization run by a rabid, fundy Christian IS

earth-shattering. It is worse than I expected and probably a lot worse then we know.



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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #25)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:18 PM

27. If they hired one of Blackwaters sister companies...

...they may not have even known of the connection.

Personally I'm not all that upset about it.

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Response to Curtland1015 (Reply #27)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:24 AM

43. Well, I don't need to be upset about them either, they never

murdered any of my loved ones, or sexually abused any children I know. But I am upset every time I hear the word Blackwater, and I hope never to lose that sense of outrage, because I know what they do and I know if we had a government that viewed war crimes as crimes, that organization would have been shut down long ago.

And sometimes things don't have to happen to me personally for me to get upset.

But all this is teaching me something about our side. Blackwater used to be a word that sparked outrage on the left. I wonder what happened?

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #25)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:12 AM

36. Were you replying to Sid and not me? nt

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:14 PM

5. Disney & Pokemon references rarely ever go well together.....

But here, this deserves an exemption. Kudos to you.

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Response to AverageJoe90 (Reply #5)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:19 PM

6. Wish I could claim, it's directly from Anonymous' OpAnaheim tweet :)

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #6)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:26 PM

12. So what???

Why is this a big deal??? A bunch of big comps hire a Security comp. This probably happens hundreds of times a year.

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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #12)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:39 PM

17. These are unaccountable, murderous mercenaries.

 

I judge them by those with whom they do business. And I doubt that this is "all" we're going to be learning about/being reminded of in the coming days.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Reply #17)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:07 PM

24. Watch it kid, they're on to ya...




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Response to greytdemocrat (Reply #24)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:08 AM

35. Oh geez...

 

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:23 PM

9. That the source of all the camo uniforms in Anaheim?

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Response to Downwinder (Reply #9)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:24 PM

10. No. According to the article, they once paid 24k to have movie locations scouted. nt

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #10)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:37 PM

16. I would be willing to bet otherwise. The article is dated.

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Response to Downwinder (Reply #16)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:45 PM

20. Well, if there's any more proof, I am sure the OP will post it. nt

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #20)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:18 PM

28. Why is Disney paying any money to a disgraced, murderous organization the is reviled around

world? Doesn't bother you at all?

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #28)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:13 AM

37. Meh. nt

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #28)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:15 AM

40. Can you point to a more reputable organization they should have hired?

I've never been in the situation, so I don't know how I'd go about hiring someone to do a security assessment for a film. You might not get Blackwater, but you're going to get the same cast of characters, aren't you?

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Response to metalbot (Reply #40)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:42 AM

46. I think the Mafia might be slightly more reputable than Blackwater frankly.

If they are unaware of why Blackwater had to change its name and leave the country, then they do need to hire some researchers before the hire people. Otoh, if they were hiding the fact that they hired them, then it's clear they did know and knowing what this Corporation is I can see why they would not want anyone to know they hired them.

Somehow Disney and a reviled, murderous mercenary operation don't seem to go together.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #28)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:05 AM

51. So should I cancel the tickets now for our trip to Disneyland in November?

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Response to msanthrope (Reply #20)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:29 AM

44. Would you object to people keeping tabs on that murderous organization? I would hope the MSM

would do it, but we know they will not.

I am very grateful to all those who refuse to forget war crimes. There's something about murder and torture and the sexual abuse of children that makes me furious. And when the guilty party changes their name and their location hoping we will forget, it makes it even more imperative that people do not.

Were you always this blase about Blackwater?

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Response to Downwinder (Reply #16)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:19 AM

42. Since when does anything not from this week become subject to immediate

 

speculation of being factless?

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:26 PM

11. The article is almost two years old.

$24K for some intel reports.

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #11)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:21 PM

29. Shouldn't they be out of business altogether, or wait, is DU now immune

to the crimes of Blackwater, who had to change their name to try to overcome the revulsion the very mention of their name evokes among decent people everywhere? I hope not.

Two years ago everyone who was awake, knew of their vile, murderous reputation. I guess that didn't bother the very far right wing organization Disney. Would you give any money to an organization that had the murderous reputation Blackwater had and still has?

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #29)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:50 PM

32. It used to bother us

when Bush was hiring them, now that Bush isn't connected to them anymore, we apparently aren't supposed to care.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 10:56 PM

22. Good find.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:01 PM

23. What's up with the focus on Disneyland?

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Response to abelenkpe (Reply #23)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:35 PM

30. It's because Disneyland is located in Anaheim

And the Anaheim cops have been overreacting to protesters, with people speculating that it's because their real job is to protect the Mouse.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Tue Jul 31, 2012, 11:38 PM

31. I just did a bit of googling around

I didn't find anything definitive -- but I did run into people on discussion boards saying that some members of Disney Security behaved in a way that suggested a military or paramilitary background and joking about whether security was being outsourced to Blackwater.

In other words, it's definitely crossed people's minds that Disneyland is well guarded against any major breakout of domestic unrest.

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Response to starroute (Reply #31)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:00 AM

33. Keeping protesters away and keeping customers away,

is bad for the bottom line. Corporations don't like that. If Disney is not involved, they have a perfect opportunity and the clout to step in as a peace maker. That would be very good for the bottom line.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:13 AM

38. Ah, Disney - Not a lot of fun.

You want a perspective on them look up "Willful Infringement - A report from the front lines of the real culture wars."

http://www.willfulinfringement.com/



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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:15 AM

39. Truly disturbing

It seems to me our National Guard and our Reserves are a bit busy elsewhere these days....

From what I remember, being a US citizen was not a requirement to be a member of Backwater or Xe or whatever they call themselves these days.. So I now wonder if they have armed units in training on our soil and would these units be deployable under emergency circumstances and would our tax dollars be paying them to 'keep the peace'?

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 12:37 AM

45. Something weird with the Twitter Window. Instead of the regular buttton I am seeing a Utube

video of 'It's a Small World' from Disney. I can't use the button to retweet this OP. It's like an ad for Disneyland. Am I the only one seeing this in that little box?

This is what I am seeing. And it IS small!

&feature=player_embedded#!

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 02:30 AM

48. The fascist corporate takeover of government has been implemented.

Our rights are at stake. I refuse to bow to these criminal ass wipes.

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Response to Lint Head (Reply #48)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:11 PM

56. That's taking it a bit far, isn't it?

 

I don't see how this . . .

The Walt Disney Company hired Total Intelligence and TRC to do a “threat assessment” for potential film shoot locations in Morocco, with former CIA officials Black and Richer reaching out to their former Moroccan intel counterparts for information. The job provided a “good chance to impress Disney,” one company executive wrote. How impressed Disney was is not clear; in 2009 the company paid Total Intelligence just $24,000.


. . . indicates much of anything, other than the fact that Disney hired a security firm to do work for them. People with links to intelligence services are all over the private security industry and companies like Disney hire them all the time.

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Response to RZM (Reply #56)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 01:32 PM

57. Not in cam-mo. If they wanted to blend in they could dress like Mickey or Donald Duck.

This is just one example. I think you're kidding yourself. It's not just Disney. It's Anaheim. Disney does not own Anaheim. It's also every major police department. A major corporation does not need bought "armies" for protection. Particularly bought mercenaries (Blackwater/Xe) who have murdered innocent civilians. I have worked for many major corporations and dealt with their security. I know some of them are ex FBI and CIA. I have CIA in my family. I am well versed and well aware of who is working for security firms and private military contractors. The majority of these private security firms are hiring military wannabes and could care less if they accidentally step on peoples rights or kill somebody. For the company it's just the cost of doing business. The military and police are now being mixed and the tactics are getting more problematic. The "scorched earth" template is just around the corner for US citizens.

I refuse to be a apologist for the private contractors like Halliburton and Blackwater/Xe who have been negligent when it comes to rights and death. And I refuse to apologize for the corporations who are manipulating the government to protect their bottom line.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:39 AM

52. Total Intelligence Solutions is Cofer BLACK's black budget baby-not PRINCE

Cofer BLACK background links

Source Watch (The Center for Media and Democracy)
http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=J._Cofer_Black

Right Web
http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/black_cofer

Cofer BLACK is a RMoney campaign intel advser.

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Response to Fire Walk With Me (Original post)

Wed Aug 1, 2012, 11:48 AM

53. Mickey Mouse is dead.

Just like everything else that was started in the golden ages of America. The vultures have taken the efforts & dreams of our forefathers & icons, exploited them for profit and if not gutted into termination, have been turned into nightmares for us all.

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