Friday, August 7, 2009

Blackwater Founder/Eminense Gris, Erik Prince

There seems to be a significant amount of evidence that suggests that Bushevik ally, and private warlord/violence impressario Erik Prince could, and SHOULD, face murder charges.

It couldn't happen to a nicer, more deserving fellow than this fascist smudge of runny catshit. Jeremy Scahill (who else) delivers the indictment at The Nation (and Democracy Now):
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."
Jeremy's quite the propagandist. You'll note how the character-blackening, but apparently otherwise irrelevant accusations of general beastliness arre grafted seemlessly onto the charges? There is more meat here, which helps with the context.
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.
Go reat the rest. It's pretty chilling, especially when we recall that the Bushevik regime gave Blackwater virtually a carte blance to police New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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