With respect, I don’t know who you aimed your post at or what you were seeking. Otherwise, I have provided below a sample of citations in addition
to what I have already stated / cited re: the Blackwater. Re: Prince – I have already outlined his politics briefly.
BARRY YEOMAN: Blackwater is a small player in a very big field. We have seen ten-fold growth in private military firms since 1991 when we were in the
first Gulf War, we typically hear about Halliburton and Dynacorp. They really are big players. However, Blackwater is a small company that has very
big dreams. It was founded by a group of Navy Seals. It’s headed by a former Navy Seal, who told me his goal was to build the largest private army
in the world. He has talked about expanding to serve militaries in France and other places, and right now has contracts that he says are so secret
that he is not able to tell one branch of the Feds that he’s working for a different branch of the Feds. They provide all sorts of military
services. As you know, with no-bid contracts sometimes they stop short of combat, but it’s often hard to see the line between what’s combat and
what’s not combat.
In an interview regarding Prince, JEREMY SCAHILL stated: ‘’Even I’m actually glad that Mr. Prince put forward that definition of
“mercenary.” I mean, there’s all sorts of definitions that one can apply to the term “mercenary,” but he says it’s a professional soldier
serving a foreign power. Now, according to Prince’s Op-Ed, it would seem as though Blackwater is just this team of patriotic Americans serving their
country. But the fact of the matter is that Blackwater has recruited, hired and deployed mercenaries from countries like Colombia, Chile, Bulgaria,
Poland, Fiji—the list goes on and on’’.
‘’In the case of Chile, this is a country whose home government is against the war in Iraq, refused to join that ‘coalition of the willing’.
So the Bush administration was able to turn to Blackwater and the coalition of the billing, to go in and hire up Chilean mercenaries who are
professional soldiers serving a foreign power in the employ of Blackwater USA, which is a mercenary company. Blackwater’s founder gives the very
definition of what Blackwater does. They hire up professional soldiers and enlist them to fight on behalf of a foreign power. So according to his own
definition, Blackwater engages in mercenary activities’’.
‘’As to the other part of it, where Erik Prince is saying that they haven’t provided security services for any other country, he may be very
narrowly talking about, we haven’t guarded a foreign official or something, but let’s be clear here. Blackwater has gone into Azerbaijan, a nation
whose security forces have an atrocious human rights record. They’ve set up a ninety-man Azerbaijani unit with a training program modeled after the
US Navy Seals. They set up a command and control center in Baku, which juts out into the Caspian Sea, in Azerbaijan. Blackwater has trained Jordanian
attack helicopter forces. So, you know, I’m not sure how Mr. Prince is defining “security” here, but I would say setting up a ninety-man
Azerbaijani unit in a country with a very questionable human rights record, that’s providing security services to another country’’.
Scahill continues, ‘’We have seen this system run rampant for four years. We have billions of dollars in taxpayer money being given to companies
who are acting in the name of the people of the United States, and there’s been very little effective oversight’’.
I am not an American citizen, therefore I can look into the problem. These soldiers of fortune join the Blackwater for a reason – money. They have
served their time, why serve it again?
As for Prince, see above his mission and contradictions.