by Eilene Zimmerman
Global Research, October 24, 2007, Salon.com
Military-style complex near the U.S.-Mexico border
The notorious security contractor has plans for a military-style complex near the U.S.-Mexico border. Critics worry the firm’s “mercenary soldiers” could join the U.S. Border Patrol.
Oct. 23, 2007 | There are signs that Blackwater USA, the private security firm that came under intense scrutiny after its employees killed 17 civilians in Iraq in September, is positioning itself for direct involvement in U.S. border security. The company is poised to construct a major new training facility in California, just eight miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. While contracts for U.S. war efforts overseas may no longer be a growth industry for the company, Blackwater executives have lobbied the U.S. government since at least 2005 to help train and even deploy manpower for patrolling America’s borders.