Blackwater linked to political murders and sex ring
By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Aug 11, 2009, 00:20
(WMR) -- Explosive
affidavits filed in the US District Court in Eastern Virginia in Alexandria by
two ex-employees of Blackwater have thrown more light on the murky operations
of the private military firm and its chief Erik Prince.
Blackwater renamed itself Xe after it received a flurry of
bad press following the killing by its security personnel of a number of
Iraqi civilians on a Baghdad square on September 16, 2007. The two ex-employees
are cited as �John Doe #1� and �John Doe #2� in their depositions in an Alien
Tort Claims Act case brought against Blackwater by the families of the murdered
deposition, John Doe #1, a former Marine hired by Blackwater, alleges
that Blackwater smuggled weapons into Iraq in bags of dog food. He also states
that a number of people who provided or were prepared to provide information to
authorities on the activities of Blackwater and Prince �have been
killed in suspicious circumstances.� Doe #1 also confirms previous reports
that Blackwater did nothing to prevent its personnel in Iraq from killing
or seriously injuring Iraqi civilians.
#2�s deposition contains even more explosive revelations about Prince and
Blackwater. Doe #2 states that Prince and his top manager, Gary Jackson,
personally oversaw all Prince Group operations. Prince Group consists of
Blackwater (Xe) and related firms. Doe #2 alleges that Prince transferred funds
from Blackwater to another Prince Group firm, Greystone, to engage in money
laundering and tax evasion.
Greystone was established in Barbados and WMR reported on
the firm on October 13, 2007: �Blackwater USA�s international marketing branch,
Greystone, Ltd., registered as an International Business Company in Barbados,
is beginning to create a political stir in the Caribbean island nation.
Recently, Erik Prince, Blackwater�s chairman and CEO,
testified under oath to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee
that Blackwater did not market foreign governments to provide security
services. He testified that the only foreign contracts performed by Blackwater
were under license from the U.S. government. However, Greystone�s website
states the following about the subsidiary�s foreign marketing: �Greystone is an
international security services company that offers your country or
organization a complete solution to your most pressing security needs. We have
the personnel, logistical support, equipment, and expertise to solve your most
critical security problems.�
Prince seems to have omitted Greystone as a Blackwater firm
during his congressional testimony. Or he perjured himself under oath.
Blackwater�s presence in Barbados, under the corporate confidentiality regimes
of the Caribbean island nation�s off-shore corporation hosting legal
contrivances, has stirred up opposition in the country.
are pointing to Prime Minister Owen Arthur�s Minister of Commerce and Consumer
Affairs Senator Lynette Eastmond, who has oversight authority for foreign
corporations in Barbados.�
John Doe #2 also states that Prince �views himself as a
Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from
the globe.� He adds, �to that end, Mr. Prince intentionally deployed to Iraq
certain men who shared his vision of Christian supremacy, knowing and wanting
these men to take every available opportunity to murder Iraqis. Many of these
men used call signs based on the Knights of the Templar, the warriors who
fought the Crusades.�
The connection of Prince, a convert to Roman Catholicism and
a member of the right-wing Opus Dei sect, to the Knights Templar is noteworthy.
The last official Grand Master of the Knights Templar, Jacques DeMolay, was
burned at the stake under orders of French King Philip IV. The Templars�
loyalties were suspect by the king and Pope Clement V. Clement dissolved the
Knights Templar as a result. DeMolay apparently cursed Philip IV and Clement V
before his death in 1314. That same year, Philip IV died and Clement, according
to a Masonic source, was defenestrated in Rome, dying as a result of his
fall. The alleged cooperation between Opus Dei and the secretive Knight Templar
Masonic sect is reminiscent of the past links between the Masonic P-2
(Propaganda Due) lodge and the Vatican.
Doe #2 also stated that Prince constantly used such racist
terms as �rag heads� and �hajis� to refer to Iraqis and other Arabs. He also
states that Blackwater employees with known drug, alcohol, and mental problems
were returned to duty in Iraq over the wishes of corporate medical staff.
Prince is also accused of obtaining illegal ammunition from
LeMas, a firm that produces bullets that explosively fragment after penetrating
the body. Prince used the illegal ammunition to inflict maximum damage on
Iraqis, according to Doe #2. The former employee also stated that Prince did
nothing to stop Blackwater men from using prostitutes, including child
prostitutes, at Blackwater�s �Man Camp� in Iraq. Prince is also accused of
tolerating a wife-swapping and sex ring among his top executives in North
Carolina. Prince had his general counsel, Joseph Schmitz (spelled Schmidt in
deposition), investigate the ring and prepare a report. Schmitz is the son of
the late ultra-right wing Representative John Schmitz (R-CA), who was embroiled
in a sex scandal involving molestation of an infant boy, and the brother of
Mary Kay Letorneau, a Washington state school teacher jailed for the statutory
rape of a 13-year old male student (whom she later married).
Prince is also accused of smuggling illegal weapons into
Iraq, including semi-automatic machine guns with silencers, aboard his firm�s
private planes that flew as Presidential Airlines. The affidavit also states
that Blackwater�s chief financial officer, Roy Mettinger, resigned and stated
he was not willing to go to jail for Erik Prince.
The presiding judge in the civil case against Blackwater is
T.S. Ellis, the same judge who permitted the government to drop the charges
against two former American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) officials
for espionage involving former Pentagon official Larry Franklin. Ellis approved
the motion that saw Franklin not serve any prison time stemming from his
conviction in the criminal case.
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