CIA Hired Private Military Firm Blackwater for Secret Assassination Program

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Democracy Now!
August 20, 2009

CIA Hired Private Military Firm Blackwater for Secret Assassination Program

The New York Times is reporting the CIA hired contractors from Blackwater in 2004 as part of a secret program to locate and assassinate top operatives of al-Qaeda. The CIA spent several million dollars on the program, which the Times claims did not successfully capture or kill any terrorist suspects. We speak to independent journalist Jeremy Scahill, author of the bestseller Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. [includes rush transcript]

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Jeremy Scahill, award-winning investigative journalist and author of the bestseller Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. His writing and reporting is available at RebelReports.com.

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Blackwater: CIA Assassins?

By Jeremy Scahill
http://www.thenation.com
August 20, 2009

In April 2002, the CIA paid Blackwater more than $5 million to deploy a small team of men inside Afghanistan during the early stages of US operations in the country. A month later, Erik Prince, the company’s owner and a former Navy SEAL, flew to Afghanistan as part of the original twenty-man Blackwater contingent. Blackwater worked for the CIA at its station in Kabul as well as in Shkin, along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, where they operated out of a mud fortress known as the Alamo. It was the beginning of a long relationship between Blackwater, Prince and the CIA.

Now the New York Times is reporting that in 2004 the CIA hired Blackwater “as part of a secret program to locate and assassinate top operatives of Al Qaeda.” According to the Times, “it is unclear whether the CIA had planned to use the contractors to capture or kill Qaeda operatives, or just to help with training and surveillance.”

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see

C.I.A. Said to Use Outsiders to Put Bombs on Drones – NYTimes.com h/t: CLG

The Real Grand Chessboard and the Profiteers of War by Prof. Peter Dale Scott

US Still Paying Blackwater Millions By Jeremy Scahill

Countdown: Erik Prince and “Bloodwater”

Obama Continues To Pay Blackwater (Christian Crusaders) Millions To Be In Iraq

Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder by Jeremy Scahill

3 thoughts on “CIA Hired Private Military Firm Blackwater for Secret Assassination Program

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  3. I think former Navy Seal is much too mild a name for these paid killers. Maybe, Navy Shark or Barracuda would be more appropriate. If Erik Prince’s objective was to eliminate the Islamic religion, it would have taken only a small indiscretion on the part of an Iraqi civilian- man, woman or child, for Blackwater employees to open up with automatic weapons and destroy life indiscriminately. I wonder how the old curved lip snarler Dick Cheney was involved in all this. He loved to work on the “dark side.”

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