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Me. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 05:53 PM
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Erik Prince (Blackwater) Implicated In Murder
Edited on Tue Aug-04-09 05:54 PM by Me.
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."

In their testimony, both men also allege that Blackwater was smuggling weapons into Iraq. One of the men alleges that Prince turned a profit by transporting "illegal" or "unlawful" weapons into the country on Prince's private planes. They also charge that Prince and other Blackwater executives destroyed incriminating videos, emails and other documents and have intentionally deceived the US State Department and other federal agencies. The identities of the two individuals were sealed out of concerns for their safety.

These allegations, and a series of other charges, are contained in sworn affidavits, given under penalty of perjury, filed late at night on August 3 in the Eastern District of Virginia as part of a seventy-page motion by lawyers for Iraqi civilians suing Blackwater for alleged war crimes and other misconduct. Susan Burke, a private attorney working in conjunction with the Center for Constitutional Rights, is suing Blackwater in five separate civil cases filed in the Washington, DC, area. They were recently consolidated before Judge T.S. Ellis III of the Eastern District of Virginia for pretrial motions. Burke filed the August 3 motion in response to Blackwater's motion to dismiss the case. Blackwater asserts that Prince and the company are innocent of any wrongdoing and that they were professionally performing their duties on behalf of their employer, the US State Department.

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." John Doe #2 says he worked at Blackwater for four years; his identity is concealed in the sworn declaration because he "fear violence against me in retaliation for submitting this Declaration." He also alleges, "On several occasions after my departure from Mr. Prince's employ, Mr. Prince's management has personally threatened me with death and violence."

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090817/scahill


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tj2001 Donating Member (685 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 06:01 PM
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1. Indict and Arrest
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 06:19 PM
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2. Prince is so dirty, everyone knows it.
He was given way too much money and power, and it apparently went to his head like it always does.
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Me. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 06:34 PM
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3. Absolute Power.....
Who would've thought 5 years ago we'd ever see justice raising its head? May there be more to come...indictments that is/
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 06:45 PM
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4. Sure hope the justice system is able to give him what he deserves.
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bermudat Donating Member (985 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 06:55 PM
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5. I hope, I hope, I hope this turns out to be true.
It has always burned me that over a billion dollars of taxpayers money went to this

prick.
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aikoaiko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 06:58 PM
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6. If they can prove this, then he needs to hang

And I say this as someone who knows a couple people who worked overseas for Blackwater as security and generally think they are good guys. If the management is criminal, then they need to pay.
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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 07:11 PM
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7. There is simply no way to K+R this fast enough.
My son actually wrote a school report about Blackwater that played on all the stereotypically 'Eee-villl' qualities of the mercenary group.

"Dressed in black fatigues, an anodized .50 calibre fixed low on his hip, Erik Prince stood on the balcony of his headquarters and stared with cold green eyes across the Great Dismal Swamp that was home, and the training grounds for his army of Blackwater mercenaries..."


When reality emulates bad fiction... he got an 'A'.

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Me. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 08:24 PM
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9. KO Did A Segment On This
Will show again at 10 est
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wildbilln864 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 07:36 PM
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8. k & friggin R! nt
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H2O Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 08:25 PM
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10. Shocking.
Ain't it?

Nominated.
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 08:31 PM
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11. Colonel Ted Westhusing & Specialist Ciara Durkin
The cost cannot be measured only in lost opportunities, lives and money. There will be a long hangover of shame. Its essence was summed up by Col. Ted Westhusing, an Army scholar of military ethics who was an innocent witness to corruption, not a participant, when he died at age 44 of a gunshot wound to the head while working for Gen. David Petraeus training Iraqi security forces in Baghdad in 2005. He was at the time the highest-ranking officer to die in Iraq.

Colonel Westhusings death was ruled a suicide, though some believe he was murdered by contractors fearing a whistle-blower, according to T. Christian Miller, the Los Angeles Times reporter who documents the case in his book Blood Money. Either way, the angry four-page letter the officer left behind for General Petraeus and his other commander, Gen. Joseph Fil, is as much an epitaph for Americas engagement in Iraq as a suicide note.

I cannot support a msn that leads to corruption, human rights abuse and liars, Colonel Westhusing wrote, abbreviating the word mission. I am sullied.

http://www.coloradovfa.com/Suicide%20is%20not%20painles...

http://www.texasobserver.org/article.php?aid=2440

http://www.google.com/#hl=en&q=westhusing&aq=f&oq=&aqi=...

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Specialist Ciara Durkin

(CBS/AP) Exactly how Ciara Durkin died remains a mystery. The Army National Guard soldier from Massachusetts was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in Afghanistan last week, and now her family is demanding answers from the military.

Initially the Pentagon reported that Durkin, part of a finance unit deployed to Afghanistan in November 2006, had been killed in action, but then revised its statement to read she had died of injuries "suffered from a non-combat related incident" at Bagram Airfield. The statement had no specifics and said the circumstances are under investigation.

Durkin had a desk job doing payroll in an office about three miles inside the secure Bagram Air Base. About 90 minutes after she left work last Friday, her family says she was found dead near a chapel on the base with a single gunshot wound to the head.

The 30-year-old soldier, who was born in Ireland and came to the U.S. as a little girl, felt safer deployed in Afghanistan over Iraq, her family told CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace. Yet she was found dead within a highly secure base, with few answers.

"The family has been informed that she was in the compound, and she was shot in the head," Durkin's sister, Fiona Canavan, told the Boston Globe. "She was in a secure area of the compound, which, even though the investigation is not complete, leads the family to believe it was what is called friendly fire," she said.

Adding to the mystery is something the Army Specialist told her family: if something happened to her in Afghanistan, they should look into it. She was concerned about things she was seeing over there, one of her eight brothers and sisters said in an interview.

Canavan told the Quincy, Mass. Patriot Ledger on Wednesday that when her sister was home three weeks ago, she told her about something she had come across that raised some concern with her: "She was in the finance unit and she said, 'I discovered some things I dont like and I made some enemies because of it.'"

Canavan revealed that Durkin said if anything happened to her, to make sure it was investigated.

"At the time we thought it was said more as a joke," Canavan told the paper.


http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/04/world/main332...


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Me. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-04-09 11:34 PM
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12. Unbelievable
Thank you merh
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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-05-09 12:06 AM
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13. Those are the first two soldiers that came to mind as I was reading
your OP.

Lord knows how many others are victims of the evil prince.

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donheld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-05-09 12:17 AM
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14. You left off part of his name
Erik Prince Of Darkness
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