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Erik Prince, The "Prince of Darkness"

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Erik Prince, former owner of "Blackwater USA"



Yesterday's lead article in the New York Times titled, "Secret Desert Force Set Up By Blackwater's Founder", revealed Erik Prince, the billionaire former owner of "Blackwater" (now "Xe Services", the private security contractor financed by the Pentagon whose "activities" [murder of innocents] first became exposed in Iraq) is about to ply his trade in the United Arab Emirates according to some "ex-employees, American officials and corporate documents secured by the newspaper.

According to these sources Prince has secured a "$529 million contract" with the UAE and is building a private security battalion (army) in the desert kingdom located on the Persian Gulf directly opposite Iran.

Their mission: "Conduct special operations inside and outside the country, defend oil facilities and infrastructure and put down internal revolts" according to the source documents.

Now interestingly, Prince, born in America and a former Navy SEAL, may be breaking U.S. federal laws that "prohibit American citizens from training foreign troops if they did not secure a license from the State Department", (the "Times" couldn't verify the existence of a such a license).

Last year, "Xe Services", paid $42 million in fines" for training foreign troops in Jordan and other countries over the years".

But this is just a slap on the wrist and a mere pittance considering Prince and his "merry marauders" have secured billions in security contracts from the U.S. government that began in 2000, after the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen.

Sadly, Prince has become a new face of American ingenuity and entrepreneurship in the post 9/11 world.

We used to be known as builders, innovators and job creators. Now the jobs are shipped overseas and we help develop the likes of an Erik Prince who erects training camps to hire and train mercenary armies in the desert to ply their trade of Mafia type "Murder Inc", disguised as private defense security guards.

In Iraq, Prince's "Blackwater" operated pretty much with impunity until their "guards" got careless and indiscriminately killed innocent Iraqi's that posed no imminent threat to anyone. Even when there are "status of force" agreements with the quisling government in Iraq that grants immunity from prosecution (by that quisling government), certain acts of blatant, unprovoked murder does draw the attention and provokes the local indigenous population to demand justice particularly when these "security guards" gun down innocent people in broad daylight. Whisking these murderers out of the country (the "usual" act following an atrocity committed by these "guards") Prince and "Blackwater" assumed they were fully protected and immune from prosecution. [1]  

But getting back to Prince's latest "endeavors" in the UAE (and the volatile region where the country is located) raises some serious concerns i.e., mercenaries conducting special operations "outside" the country which poses a real potential threat for war, particularly with neighboring Iran.

That country will not take kindly to any outside mercenary force illegally entering its country and conducting clandestine military operations. Prince's mercenaries may be clad in un-identified uniforms but if any are captured and interrogated with their identity traced to the American "Prince", how would that bode for the United States that would be seen as permitting one of its citizens to train foreign forces apparently with its consent (and right on Iran's doorstep)?

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