Blackwater Shocker: Erik Prince, “Christian Crusader” Implicated in Murder
August 5, 2009
(ChattahBox)—The frightening plot involves a super-secret Para-military organization with a cartoonish evil name run by a fanatical megalomaniac, which operates in the shadows as a criminal enterprise implicated in murder, illegal gun smuggling, the deliberate killing of innocent civilians in a war zone, money laundering and tax evasion schemes.
And the evil organization operates with the tactic approval and support of an equally corrupt government. No, this is not a story line for an upcoming movie, it’s the real tale of Blackwater and its founder Erik Prince, according to a piece by, Jeremy Scahill for “The Nation.”
A former Blackwater employee and an ex-U.S. Marine, made shocking allegations about Blackwater founder Erik Prince, under oath in sworn affidavits, in a lawsuit filed against Blackwater on behalf of Iraqi civilians in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Given the company’s notorious history in Iraq, hired to provide private security during the Bush administration, the allegations should not come as a surprise, but they still shock the senses.
The former employee, listed in the affidavit as John Doe #2, worked in Blackwater’s management team for four years, and his identity is hidden, because he is afraid of violent retaliation from his former employer. “On several occasions after my departure from Mr. Prince’s employ, Mr. Prince’s management has personally threatened me with death and violence,” said Doe#2.
Both men allege Prince shipped illegal weapons to Iraq. One of the men detailed how the illegal weapons were hidden in bags of dog food in Prince’s private planes.
Doe#2 implicates Prince in murder and murder for hire. Doe #2 claims, “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.”
Doe#2 also asserts that Prince shipped men to Iraq who were deemed unfit by mental health professionals, as too dangerous to be allowed to carry weapons. The men made such statements as, “wanting to deploy to Iraq to ‘kill ragheads’ or achieve ‘kills’ or ‘body counts,’” and engaged in “excessive drinking” and “steroid use.”
Doe # 2 paints a disturbing picture of the fanatical nature and personal mission of Prince. Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and Doe#2 further asserts that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.”
According to “The Nation” piece, Prince recruited like-minded believers in his mission to kill Muslims, and that Prince and his merry band of dangerous fanatics used signs based on the ancient Christian crusaders, the Knights Templar. Prince’s men openly spoke of going to Iraq to “lay Hajiis out on cardboard.” Blackwater employees regularly referred to Arabs and Iraqis, as “ragheads” or “hajiis.”
John Doe#1, the ex-marine, may or may not still be employed with Blackwater. He alleges that he “learned from my Blackwater colleagues and former colleagues that one or more persons who have provided information, or who were planning to provide information about Erik Prince and Blackwater have been killed in suspicious circumstances.”
Doe#1 also states, that he “personally observed multiple incidents of Blackwater personnel intentionally using unnecessary, excessive and unjustified deadly force.” The killings of innocent civilians were kept secret from the State Department. Doe#1 also details the practice of Blackwater employees winding down after a long day of killing innocent people, by watching videos of their kills and violent actions in what were called “hot wash” sessions.
The two men both allege that Prince and his employees destroyed videos, emails and other evidence of Blackwater’s illegal activities. Blackwater says Prince and the company are innocent of any wrongdoing and that they properly performed their duties for the U.S. State Department.
Blackwater recently changed the company’s name to Xe Services LLC, as if a simple name change could make all of the allegations of wrongdoing made against the company disappear.
There are many more disturbing details in the allegations made by John Doe #1 and # 2 in the must-read “The Nation” piece.