Erik Prince, the founder of the infamous Blackwater (now Xe) mercenary firm, who according to a former employee “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe.”, is now reportedly involved in a program financed by some Arab nations to train Somali recruits to “fight piracy” in Somalia.
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Erik Prince, the founder of mercenary organisation Blackwater, is now a resident of the UAE:
[Erik] Prince said he had moved to Abu Dhabi because of its “great proximity to potential opportunities across the entire Middle East, and great logistics”. He added: “There are good schools here, a church where we can worship, my kids can go to the malls and my girls don’t need to change the way they dress.
“I’m trying AD because it feels a lot like Singapore. Rule of law, a friendly business climate, low to no taxes, free trade and no out of control trial lawyers or labour unions. It’s pro-business and opportunity.”
Erik Prince is set to move to the United Arab Emirates:
Sources close to Blackwater and its secretive owner Erik Prince claim that the embattled head of the world’s most infamous mercenary firm is planning to move to the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The Middle Eastern nation, a major hub for the US war industry, has no extradition treaty with the United States. In April, five of Prince’s top deputies were hit with a 15-count indictment by a federal Grand Jury on conspiracy, weapons and obstruction of justice charges. Among those indicted were Prince’s longtime number two man, former Blackwater president Gary Jackson, former vice presidents William Matthews and Ana Bundy, and Prince’s former legal counsel Andrew Howell.
Vanity Faire has published a profile of Blackwater mercenary leader and Christian crusader Erik Prince, complete with international man-of-mystery photo (TPM called it a “man-of-action” shot but I think the Austin Powers reference is more appropriate).
If you’ve been following reports out of Pakistan lately, you know that the country is rife with rumors of phantom Blackwater agents trolling about, kidnapping and killing people. The Pakistani Taliban believe it gives them plausible deniability to blame terrorist bombings on Blackwater rather than own up to their own violence.
The VF article has no new reports on Blackwater activity in Pakistan beyond what has already been reported in the NY Times, but the correspondent does tag along with him around Kabul.
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