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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 09/10/2010

Blackwater founder Erik Prince targets Democrats in memoir

By Jeff Stein

Erik Prince, chairman of the private security firm once known as Blackwater, is writing a memoir that says Democratic officials in two administrations approved of his most sensitive and controversial operations, sources close to the company, now known as XE Services, said.

To date, the former Navy commando has been solely associated with the George W. Bush administration, during which Blackwater operatives in Iraq and Afghanistan gained notoriety for their swagger and alleged involvement in civilian killings.

But two sources, speaking independently, said that Prince will name Democratic officials in both the Clinton and Obama administrations who allegedly approved of clandestine intelligence operations carried out by Blackwater on behalf of the CIA and other government agencies.

“He’s going to drop the names of people who, before, were saying, ‘Yeah, go kill Osama Bin Laden’ and stuff like that, but went sideways on him when the investigations began,” said one of the sources, who spoke only on condition of anonymity in order to maintain relations with the company.

A White House spokesman declined to comment.

Prince, who put Xe on the block earlier this year and moved to Abu Dhabi, negotiated a $42 million fine with the federal government last month to settle “hundreds of violations of United States export control regulations,” which included “illegal weapons exports to Afghanistan, making unauthorized proposals to train troops in south Sudan and providing sniper training for Taiwanese police officers,” the New York Times reported.

Now he’s rushing to complete the sale of the company and get his book published before the November elections, one of the sources said.

The leading bidder for the company, according to one of the sources, is Parsons, a California-based provider of “technical, engineering, construction, and management support throughout the world to federal, regional, and local government agencies as well as private industries<’ according to its Web site.

Neither Xe nor Parsons returned repeated calls for comment.

“He’s given his people three weeks to complete the sale of the company and the book will be released then,” said the source with a business relationship with Xe. “That tells me it’s done and is ready to go.”

“They think this will destroy the Democratic Party in the elections,” he said of Prince and his friends.

But the other source said he doubted the manuscript was finished. He said Prince “has been working on the book” and had shown “small parts” of it to prospective publishers, who he would not name, “but I don’t think it’s done yet.”

Prince is also developing a script about himself and Blackwater, the sources said.

There’s enough material for several movies.

Former Blackwater executives have been targeted in a half dozen civil suits and prosecutions, including one against five former Blackwater guards in connection with the death of 17 Iraqis during a Baghdad shootout in September 2007. Two company-affiliated guards are also being prosecuted on murder charges stemming from a 2009 shooting in Afghanistan. In the meantime, two former Blackwater employees have filed a suit alleging that Prince and his companies defrauded the departments of State and Homeland Security.

“I put myself and my company at the CIA’s disposal for some very risky missions,” Prince said in a Vanity Fair interview last January, “But when it became politically expedient to do so, someone threw me under the bus.”

By Jeff Stein  | September 10, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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i don't doubt for a second that democrats were complicit in the crimes this country has committed. why do you think there are no serious investigations of the criminality, er, foreign/national security activities of these past years.

i guess prince was just following orders.

Posted by: mycomment | September 10, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

Approving intel missions is very different than killing 17 people without provocation in 2007. Pure politics on Prince's part. No respect for this guy, and I'm a former Special Ops Corpsman.

Posted by: jckdoors | September 10, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

I would go a bit further jckdoors: I think he should be in jail for the murder of innocent people. Just another republican whose every move is republican propaganda politics

Posted by: sammsammus | September 10, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

THERE'S NO DENYING OBAMA ADMIN COMPLICITY IN U.S. TORTURE MATRIX

It's no revelation that the Obama administration has allowed the foreign and domestic U.S. security-intel torture matrix to violate the civil and human rights of extrajudicially "targeted individuals" -- including thousands (if not a few million) of U.S. citizens bureaucratically condemned as "dissidents" or "undesirables"...

...and silently assaulted, tortured, impaired, subjugated and neutralized via microwave radio frequency irradiation from a classified directed energy weapon system installed on cell towers across America -- as exposed by a veteran journalist here:

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves
http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america
http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-govt-censors-net-political-speech-targeted-americans

Posted by: scrivener50 | September 10, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

Politicians, heads up! Your take home message from this ugly period of mercenary outsourcing: with friends like this, you'll never run out of enemies.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 10, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

Typical. An article about someone who has committed terrible acts for profit in the name of patriotism and another nutty conspiracy theory dodo like scrivener50 posts an unrelated rant.

Posted by: pjohn2 | September 10, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

They say Obama has the power to have anyone assasinated?
What's he waiting for?

Posted by: TOMHERE | September 10, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

Last paragraph. Should have been a actual bus, not a rhetorical one.

Posted by: pjohn2 | September 10, 2010 9:07 AM | Report abuse

not impressed, this guy is one of cheney's fellow war criminals, a traitor to our ideals and constitution.

Posted by: calif-joe | September 10, 2010 9:23 AM | Report abuse

Glad this crook can afford to live in Abu Dhabi, along with all the other thieves who ripped off our U.S. tax dollars in the name of protecting America. No wonder he wants republicans back in control.

Posted by: njglea | September 10, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

Is there anyone surprised that Democrats are hypocrites??? Prince took a lot of heat from the Left over the years but as they say he who laughs last laughs best. I look forward to reading his book.

Posted by: sovine08 | September 10, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

After committing crimes for the government was allowed to move away from US with out trial?

"Prince, who put Xe on the block earlier this year and moved to Abu Dhabi, negotiated a $42 million fine with the federal government last month to settle “hundreds of violations of United States export control regulations,” which included “illegal weapons exports to Afghanistan, making unauthorized proposals to train troops in south Sudan and providing sniper training for Taiwanese police officers,” the New York Times reported.

Posted by: gunnysgt77 | September 10, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

More politically motivated crap from the "Christian" leader of Lord Cheney's private mercenary army. Based on the past actions of his company, he has no credibility.

Posted by: areyousaying | September 10, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

Like anyone cares what whiny Erik Prince claims, he is already a proven liar and right wing mafia hitman.

And I am sure he heard people from all administrations say "kill Osama Bin Laden", Is that not why we are in Afghanastan? Clinton had several programs underway to kill Osama.

So what is the big deal?

Posted by: thecontributist | September 10, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I'm trying to figure out the news story here.

So, political leaders used Blackwater for sensitive missions, until he it was revealed that he broke the law and did bad stuff, at which point they distanced themselves from him.

And???

Isn't that exactly what everyone would do? Must be a slow news day.

Posted by: Buddydog | September 10, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

Sooo ... why didn't Black Water capture or kill OBL?

Oh yeah, if that had happened there would have no way to jump from Afghanistan to Iraq.

Posted by: knjincvc | September 10, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Gee, let me think...could he be saying this to drum up activity to sell his book?

Posted by: rpttn20041 | September 10, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

no one approved of blackwater shooting civilians for fun.

we should waterboard him 261 times at gitmo since he doesnt believe it's torture.. then we should kill his grandkids and rape his sons.

an eye for an eye...

Posted by: newagent99 | September 10, 2010 10:04 AM | Report abuse

It's war, people die or did you forget. Dick Chaney theory's, the US constitution, politics as usual,corruption, come on get over it, you got nothin to do with it and there's nothin you CAN do about it. I just wish we where in it to win it.

Posted by: nardnose | September 10, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

LOL.... Misery loves company.... Erik Prince is a loser

Posted by: Debonair31 | September 10, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

I agree with another poster why is this news - an unethical person who did unethical things is going to write a book that he hopes will varnish his reputation -too late.

Posted by: rlj1 | September 10, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Eric Prince moved to Abu Dhabi because they won't extradite people to the U.S. I'm sure he is thinking ahead.

Posted by: buffysummers | September 10, 2010 10:18 AM | Report abuse

I have never been comfortable with this sort of "Soldier of Fortune" company being contracted by our government. I understand it, as excesses committed by these barbarians can be written off as "not us", but that does not justify the practice.

I would hope that our government, at least, can sever these relationships totally, and quickly.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | September 10, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

The book title should be 'Prince says'.

Posted by: Emmetrope | September 10, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Prince, you belong beneath a bus or 6' of dirt. I hope someone takes you out. I'd buy the bullet!

Posted by: phoenix3 | September 10, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

one of his prime motivation in these assasination and other crimes was his hate for muslims. He should be prosecuted for war crimes and hanged publicly , preferably in Iraq.

Posted by: syedahaq2000 | September 10, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

So Erik Prince wants to destroy the Democrats. I'd say this makes Democrats look good, since we know people as much by their enemies as by their friends. I'll bet their are many Republicans that would be proud to have this warlord wannabe as a friend.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 10, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

In my own personal opinion it was an has been the former BUSH & CHNEY adminstration that has become the american GESTOPO them along with the apppointment john ashcroft that stated that you have the right to freedom of speach but not the right to speak frely to me these thing are one in the same an of their far right leaning supreme court cheif justice has done all that it can to possibly do to supress indivsual rights human right an workplace rights issues in this country thank you

Posted by: pbjbeach@yahoo.com | September 10, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

In my own personal opinion it was an has been the former BUSH & CHNEY adminstration that has become the american GESTOPO them along with the apppointment john ashcroft that stated that you have the right to freedom of speach but not the right to speak frely to me these thing are one in the same an of their far right leaning supreme court cheif justice has done all that it can to possibly do to supress indivsual rights human right an workplace rights issues in this country thank you

Posted by: pbjbeach@yahoo.com | September 10, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

“They think this will destroy the Democratic Party in the elections,” he said of Prince and his friends.

What an egomaniac! I guess he doesn't realize he's not the first to write a self-serving book. And what a true "patriot" - defrauds his own government, disregards authority, kill innocent civilians, get fined $42M for breaking all sorts of federal and international law, and then run to Abu Dhabi to hide. Yeah, I'd believe what he has to say.

Posted by: ben16 | September 10, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

TO: mycomment who wrote:
“I don't doubt for a second that democrats were complicit in the crimes this country has committed. Why do you think there are no serious investigations of the criminality, er, foreign/national security activities of these past years…”
^^^^^^^^^^
Why are you blaming Democrats, AGAIN? This guy worked for the Bush Administration, and if you say “democrats were complicit” then who were real criminals performing the illegal acts that the Democrats supposedly just watched as the real crooks committed crimes?

The reason why I think there are no serious investigations (and we CANNOT be sure that there aren’t) is because some people are just too rich to prosecute. By now, some of those criminals have so much money they can afford to buy anyone and everyone who comes after them, at any price, they can afford to hire hundreds of attorneys to defend them, and they have money enough so that they can hide anywhere in the world.

Why is it that the American People never got any benefit of the spoils of war. Even though both Saddam AND Iraq were very rich, all the American People got was stuck with the bill. Where is all of Iraq’s riches that were seized during the war?

This guy, Prince, obviously is so crooked he can never come home again.

Maybe he moved to Abu Dhabi so he could be close to some of those things he stole during the Iraq War, and like another poster here said – in order to avoid extradition.

There is still over $8 billion dollars of American money missing that was lost somewhere in Iraq. Maybe Prince found some of that loot.

Did he change his name to Prince because he has so much wealth now? Who is this guy and why should we believe anything he says?


Posted by: lindalovejones | September 10, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Is it any wonder this corrupt mercenary moved to Abu Dhabi or Dubai wherever where all the other corrupt warlords have a bungalow? Just think about his "family". Ruled by violence and fear I bet they can't wait for daddy to take business trips. This guy is kind of like some twisted religious cult. Shining a light on this rat will make his associates think twice about the value of a relationship with this violent leach wrapped in MY FLAG!.

Posted by: citizen625 | September 10, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

The Mormons (of which Prince is one and his company is most likely majority controlled by the LDS), spend hundreds of millions on Republican causes and races. I blame the Democrats for allowing this company and other contractors controlled by the LDS to continue to undermine Pres Obama's policies.

Posted by: pkbishop1 | September 10, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

Another republican "Patriot", when it's time to show his colors ....he moves to Abu Dhabi...America first indeed....
The only creed of this rightwing crowd is ME first.

Posted by: biglio | September 10, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

OOPS!! WE CAUGHT US ANOTHER BLACK CAUCUS FRAUDSTER. DO ANY OF THESE PEOPLE OBEY THE LAWS?

Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga.) awarded three scholarships from the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to his stepdaughter and wife’s niece between 2003 and 2005, according to records from the nonprofit group.

Bishop is the second Democrat found to have funneled CBC Foundation scholarship funds to relatives, threatening to turn the program into a larger political problem for the party. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Texas) recently paid back $31,000 to the foundation for scholarships that she improperly awarded to various relatives and children of a top staffer.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0910/41953.html#ixzz0z8fBY1Wi

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | September 10, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

The Obama administration has actually been pretty good to Eric Prince. About the time he put Blackwater up for sale the Government awarded it close to half a billion $$ in new DOD and DOS contracts. Maybe even that much more in black contracts. Without these wildly lucrative government contracts Blackwater(XE) would be worth about $0 to a potential buyer.

Posted by: markswisshelm | September 10, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand why Prince would need to make this statement now. Same as when Cheney came out few months back making another appearance. Neither can possibly need to sell a book for profit as they are both incredibly wealthy and they cannot feel a need to cover their backsides legally by making these statements, I think, because of course they will never be prosecuted. That ship sailed when Eric Holder did his little stage impression months age. It was perfectly clear then that nobody in our government can stand up to anything connected with this entire war campaign without serious risk to their own 'closets' or their political careers. Yes, we all know that crimes were commited. We know that the wars were started on false pretense, criminally fabricated, and further crimes were continued all along the way. To keep the wars going, to falsify documents, to sidestep obligations and so-on. But we also know that nothing will come of it and the oil will flow, people will die and American working class will pay taxes and fight among ourselves over which corrupt, lying political party will 'change' this pattern. Perhaps the only reason to come out into the spotlight is for an apearance on dancing with the stars.

Posted by: WITCHBAND | September 10, 2010 11:35 AM | Report abuse

This guy is nothing but a murderer for hire, a liar and a jerk.

Why would ANYONE believe ANYTHING that comes out of his mouth?

Posted by: amazingboinker | September 10, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

This son of a religious leader was a nobody before he put together his mercenary army of thugs, ex-felons, rapists, thieves, and unconscionable murderers. He is Cheney's acolyte who did Cheney's bidding. His 100,000 men army is so dangerous to the safety of the average American and yet to date, not one Republican in America has ever had the courage to speak out loud against him. Why is this? All all Republicans cowards? It appears so when you see how they cringe and hide when asked to comment on some outrageous anti-American remarks made by Limpballs or Beck or any of their extremists on hate radio.
Eric Prince, if I read correctly may be called a warrior, but I don't believe he has ever faced combat himself.
He and Cheney and those who conducted their reign of terror upon America should be prosecuted before the World Court just like any other mass murderers.
Those women in Iraq who were raped by Prince's men will never get their day in court because the rightwing money men are protecting them.
By now everyone should know there is nothing Godly about these people. They are pure and simply willing to destroy anyone who gets in their way. I hope the little twit Prince stays in Dubai forever because he has no American values that the rightwing likes to claim. fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | September 10, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Why isn't this killer in jail? No penalties for criminality?

Posted by: letemhaveit | September 10, 2010 12:07 PM | Report abuse

The whole notion of the military spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars per person to train these people to have them quit and join a private firm to do jobs that should be done by the military is ludicrous. Especially when that firm is not answerable to its client, our government and can quit a theater of conflict whenever it gets too hot or not profitable enough. Prince is a crybaby who moved to Abu Dhabi because of their lack of an extradition treaty with the US. Clearly he intends to reveal classified information in his memoirs.
Wouldn't it be ironic if we sent a Parsons team to Abu Dhabi to rendition his redneck butt?

Posted by: trblmkr1 | September 10, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

When will this hoax end? Christians believe in peace, brotherhood, charity, turning the other cheek and being your brother's keeper. You can be a mercenary, support war, support the death penalty, and turn your back on the poor and underprivileged, or you can be a Christian. It's pretty simple, and pretty hard - it's the whole point of the story of The Crucifixion of Christ. I get it, and I'm not a Christian.

Posted by: TheDiz | September 10, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

This corporate criminal should be in jail for the fake contracts he scammed in Iraq. He is a perfect example of the people moving this country to third world status.

Posted by: fare777 | September 10, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

America's fetish with outsourcing the functions of government will bite down hard on our culture and our freedom.

Western peoples learned the hard way over thousands of years that government must have an undisputed monopoly on the capacity to make war.

Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Ashcroft toyed with the neo-con "end of history" world view. They believed that since America declared itself the winner of the Cold War [We didn't, we are losing it now, in fact. China's one party crony capitalism will bury us unless we pull our mouths off their teat, but I digress.], America could win hot wars easily and cheaply. They were dead wrong.

The Mexican civil wars are led and fought by people like Erik Prince. Mercenary armies don't know national loyalty, they know loyalty to themselves.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 10, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Telling him to go Kill Bin Laden and then getting pissed because he killed innocent civilians, criminally, is not an issue.

And who cares what this war profiteer has to say.

Posted by: pathfinder12 | September 10, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Typical GOP weasels circling the wagons while using their standard lies, innuendos and half-truth as ammunition. "Blackwater" was very aptly named for the gang of ethically and morally bankrupt individuals it employed - from the top on down. Cry me a river Erik, and pull the cover back over your head when you slither on back to your hole.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | September 10, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Prince has been convicted of illegal activities and is living oputside the country, He insulted this country with his reckless behavior in the war and probably the only reason he is walking is because of his connections with the Republican party (namely Bush and Cheney) and you expect me to believe the shi- (I mean) crap that comes out his mouth? You've gotta be kidding.

I wouldn't read his book if you paid me to.

Posted by: glenglish | September 10, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Yes, a lot of people wanted someone to kill bin Laden--but Blackwater and the other mercenaries failed to do so, despite being given a free pass to break the law. Instead, they killed many civilians and helped to make many others hate our country. These soldiers-for-hire do not represent the US, our military, or our ideals.

Posted by: dricks | September 10, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Democrats complicit in the actions of Blackwater?

If you didn't think they were, you're very ignorant.

Democrats are politicians and, as such, are as bad as any other politician.

Can't wait to see them try to blame Bush some more for their own actions. They have no real excuses for their inability to fix anything, so , they blame other people.

Posted by: r_leever | September 10, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

What really needs to worry people is that Prince and his employees are what is going into our volunteer military, the sociopathic dregs of our society. That bunch in Afganistan who killed the civilian and kept body parts as souvenirs...they would have ended up in Blackwater/Xe if they hadn't been caught.

The volunteer military is stretched so thin, it cannot weed out these people - maybe that's what all the excess generals could be doing to earn their money.

Posted by: edismae | September 10, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Like most Republicans, he is now talking completely out both sides of his mouth.

Blackwater was founded in 1997 (Republican majority in Congress, had been for 3 years) and for the first 3 years existed only as a domestic police and paramilitary training force. They had zero OCONUS constracts until mid-2000 when the CIA hired them. So they operated for 6 months under Clinton, who was completely handcuffed by his Republican majority in Congress due to his philandering and couldn't issue an order for ice-tea, let along for some rio-bravo wanna be to hunt bin laden.

But whatever...we will forget all that. 2001 came about, and with it a Republican war mongering (Iraq attacked us, no WMD, no, to liberate the Iraqis) President to compliment the Republican controlled Congress (now in their 7th straight year of majority).

Fast forward 6 years. Still Republican heading both the White House and after 12 straight years of Republican congressional dominance, they are replaced by Democrats.

Blackwater gets into tons of trouble for massacreing a dozen civilians, half a dozen of blackwater folks go to jail. We now learn Prince had to pay a 42 million dollar fine for playing "international arms dealer" and illegally transporting and selling weapons (that the US Taxpayer paid for mind you) to warlords in the nations we are fighting in.

After all of this..."HE" is the victim? A rich admitted Christian Crusader gets 10 times richer off the backs of the American Taxpayer and HE is the victim?

Not to mention that it is just plain lunacy that this is now all because its the "democrats" fault.

There was a useless Dem president in power for 6 months while you were liscesed to operate outside the US and 7 year later, after all the sheeit hit the fan, Dems finally took control of Congress, and yet, it was their mistake the entire time?

Go to Abu-dhabi like Halliburton did, like all you so called "patriots" do and please, just please live out your days on the illgained taxpayer treasure and fall out of sight.

You Mr. Prince, exemplify the worst of America.

Posted by: Nosh1 | September 10, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Erik Prince and his employees are despicable brigands who should be prosecuted and put in jail.

Then the US should change it's policies and contracting practices to cut off incentives that create brigandage.

Read "A Distant Mirror" by Barbara Tuchman. We haven't changed much since the 13th century.

Posted by: org2 | September 10, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

This joker is a proven liar and a crook. His book and accusations aren't worth a good roll of toilet paper.

Posted by: clintt5 | September 10, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

Oh, joy. America's private army for the rich and the elite is going to war with the alphabet soup of new Democratic secret police. Unfortunately, the country is so much road kill while thee animals battle it out. And I was s foolish as to believe that the Constitution outlawed private armies AND the government's creation of a bunch of secret police agencies.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | September 10, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Eric Prince personifies what a real, true American man is

Posted by: dmls2000 | September 10, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Eric Prince personifies what a real, true used-car salesman is.

Posted by: Garak | September 10, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

org2, love that book.

mib, yes we have to prevent the prospect of a legion of angry war veterans organizing themselves into something like los Zetas.

The fact that this corrupt mass-murderer intends to get involved in American electoral politics...if that isn't a wake up call, maybe America isn't just sleeping, it is unconscious.

Posted by: shrink2 | September 10, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Well even if the Dems did it was without the knowledge of just how they carried out these non-American tactics. His firm did far more harm than good which we will pay for in the years to come.

Posted by: Wizfan4ever | September 10, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

No, for all of his accomplishments as a SEAL and perhaps at times a businessman he does not personify the 'the real true American man.' A SEAL nor any special ops or combat veteran would ever do what he is now doing - no different than friendly fire directed at an American. One may get even but not sink to the level that he has with his book. War is dirty and at times innocent people are killed but he lost control of his men to their personalities and ego's; as one writer reminded the group you don't kill innocent people just for the power or thrill of doing it. I have been there and know that one at times begins to think that any Vietnamese, Iraqi or now Afghan is the enemy and thus deserving of no mercy but only to be taken out. When in truth they are humans who care and love no different than we Americans. Mr. Prince has reached a low depth with this book but he will end up doing himself in if one of his own doesn't do it first. He and his commandos for the most part - exceptions noted - are an embarrassment to the US and its military. We should never have allowed contractors into this war as they have abused in both power, money and abuse of innocent people!

Posted by: davidmswyahoocom | September 10, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Too late to seize the royalties?

Posted by: mattintx | September 10, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

We don't have to worry about Erik Prince and his Blackwater black ops anymore. Now we have Janet Napolitano in charge of DHS.

“Over the past year and a half, I have made one of my very top priorities for DHS to get information, to get tools and to get resources out of Washington, D.C., and into the hands of the men and women serving on the front lines. That includes you — the first responders — but it also includes citizens, community groups and our partners in the private sector. This may not generate big headlines. But this hometown-centric approach has a big impact on our ability to be effective and — more important — to support you in the field.

“The old view that ‘if we fight the terrorists abroad, we won't have to fight them here’ is just that — the old view. It is abundantly clear that we have to fight them abroad, we have to fight them at home. We have to fight them, period.

Janet's new view is to treat all Americans as terrorists. Big Sister is watching you. They are installing cameras everywhere with face recognition software. She is turning neighbor against neighbor. She is turning the cops against citizens. She will turn us into a police state, period.

Posted by: alance | September 10, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

And the horrible part of Eric Prince's rightwing power is that Cheney made sure that this mercenary army survived by allowing the Pentagon to give them unbreakable contracts to continue to operate. Can anyone imagine what the teabaggers would be screaming at Obama if he gave a company he was the CEO of, every single war contract without opening any of them to competition from other American companies? Cheney claimed that Halliburton was the only American company who could handle the jobs they were given carte blanche.

Halliburton, like Blackwater, has never been made to answer for the billions they stole, the corruption and graft they perpetrated. Why haven't the Republicans in Congress gone after these thieves endorsed by their party?
This year my spouse and I, retired and in our seventies, earned $40,000, and had a $200 dollar refund coming to us. The IRS instead audited us and after seven months gave us our refund. How much did Halliburton and Eric Prince pay in taxes and why can't they be audited? fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | September 10, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Amazing amount of leftist drivel and conspiracy theories here.

Posted by: madmike272 | September 10, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

So are we going to write to Congress and petition our government to demand that they go after these fraudsters who break the law and bilk us out of our tax money?

Or, are we going to sit there, blame the Democrats or blame the Republicans, which accomplishes absolutely nothing.

Judging by the posts on this board, I have a feeling I know the answer.

So while you wave bye-bye to the money you earned, at least you'll be comfortable knowing that the "other side" is to blame...

Posted by: Buddydog | September 10, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

mycomment |

Come on man, this is a guy who benefited handsomely during the Bush administration trying to write and sell a book. Who do you think he is going to try to throw under the bus? The people who gave him millions in contracts or their enemies, the democrats? You will fall for anything as long as it involves demonizing democrats. Can you think for yourself Gilligan?

Posted by: ged0386 | September 10, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

I guess the republicans are lying soo much Prince figured i may as well take advantage of the lying too. I blame the democrats for my company employees bad behavior. At least the republicans will believe and carry the lie on for him. Lets see, republicans have managed to blame democrats for 9/11, (it was clintons fault) our failures in middle east military campaigns, the wall st collapse (its Barney Franks fault), The wall st bailout, (somehow it was all Obama's idea even thought it was drafted, voted on and approved before he was elected),Racism, (Obama and blacks are the real racist and have a deep seeded hatred for white people), The BP oil spill, (Obama did not get involved enough), Healthcare reform caused our deficit even though it has not gone in effect yet. (Obama is a socialist because he is too involved). So why not blame the democrats for a security firm that was awarded contracts by a republican led congress and white house and did most of its work under republican rule. It only makes sense to republicans. Blame everyone else. Do not take responsibility nor be accountable for anything unless it helps you politically.

Posted by: ged0386 | September 10, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Wait. His tactic is to say, "Democrats wanted me to kill OBL, but got jittery when my company killed civilians instead, and that makes them bad people"?

Really?

Posted by: dkp01 | September 10, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Why dont republicans even care if their blogs make any sense? They just make up their own reality and think that showing passion and emotion makes it real.

Posted by: ged0386 | September 10, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

I think I will wear my old Blackwater shirt on Sunday.

Posted by: madmike272 | September 11, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

Democrats complicit in the actions of Blackwater?

If you didn't think they were, you're very ignorant.

Democrats are politicians and, as such, are as bad as any other politician.

Can't wait to see them try to blame Bush some more for their own actions. They have no real excuses for their inability to fix anything, so , they blame other people.

Posted by: r_leever | September 10, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse
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You continually post crap that makes you look like an uneducated fool. Obviously you haven't been living in America for the past two years or you would know that the only people working in Congress are the DEMOCRATS.
They are saving your bacon while your Repukes have refused to do anything to help bring back our life savings and pension funds, and therefore every nickel you need to live. They've done more work for the middle class Americans than the Repukes have ever done, but you are just too stupid to acknowledge it.
Without the many forms of legislation they have put together, with the help of only one or two Repukes courageous enough to go against the do-nothing Pukes, everything would have fallen completely. Our President has worked hard trying to make our government better, but with the crooks in the Repuke party refusing to do anything at all, except of course fill their own pockets with cash from their millionaire businessmen who are trying to destroy our President, you find that acceptable.
What a lousy American you are. And it is obvious you want your representative to do nothing but collect their great salaries, health benefits and perks of office as a reward for refusing to do their job.
The Republican party has about ten more years of holding any kind of power and than the color of our country changes and they'll have to go back under their whitesheets. They are no longer relevant to the citizens of this country and neither are you. And their Taliban Teabagging screamers won't last more than one election cycle. Decent Americans are sick of these uneducated, racist idiots who see death panels around every corner. fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | September 11, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

By eliminating the "Draft" of our citizens to supply our armed force's needs, we opened the door to recruiting non-citizens with promises of fast-track to citizenship; and sub-contracting of private armies to do the military's biddings. This path to uncontrolled military/state department power is a sure fire road to unwelcomed global dominance and "homeland" dictatorship. Patriots beware.

Posted by: jackburris1 | September 12, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Apparently anyone that disagrees with pappafritz is an uneducated idiot. How wonderfull "diversity" is to the left!

Posted by: madmike272 | September 12, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

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