Pepe Escobar: The Hijacking of the Arab Spring Protests, interviewed by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds

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by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds
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Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
May 21, 2011

Pepe Escobar returns to our show to discuss the ever-changing, constantly-shifting, and holes-filled script in the US raid that allegedly killed Osama bin Laden. He reports on the news accounts on the Arab uprising in Egypt and the rarely reported realities of the Libya War, the conflicted responses of the United States to the uprising in Egypt and Libya versus those in other places such as Bahrain and Tunisia, and the hypocritical stand on Saudi Arabia. Continue reading

Secret Recording of Erik Prince Reveals Previously Undisclosed Blackwater Ops

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4 May, 2010

EXCLUSIVE…Secret Recording of Erik Prince Reveals Previously Undisclosed Blackwater Ops

Investigative journalist and Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill obtains a rare audio recording of a recent, private speech delivered by Erik Prince, the owner of Blackwater, to a friendly audience in January. The speech, which Prince attempted to keep from public consumption, provides a stunning glimpse into his views and future plans and reveals details of previously undisclosed activities of Blackwater. In a Democracy Now! exclusive broadcast we play excerpts of the recording and speak with Scahill about the revelations. [Includes rush transcript]

Jeremy Scahill, award-winning independent journalist, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and the author of the international bestseller, “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army.” His article, Secret Erik Prince Tape Exposed is published on his new blog for TheNation.com.

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Xe, the Templar Crusade by Michael Carmichael

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by Michael Carmichael
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PlanetaryMovement.org
January 10, 2010

Blackwater is a corporation that provides mercenary soldiers and supporting security personnel to the US government.

Erik Prince, the founder and owner of the now infamous US corporation, Blackwater, hails from Holland, Michigan where his family was both powerful and prominent in two institutions – (1) the Republican Party and (2) the evangelical Christian Church.  After scandals hit his large and lucrative firm, Prince ordered a curious rebranding that changed its name to Xe.

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Rachel Maddow: Erik Prince of Blackwater a CIA Spy + Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy by Adam Ciralsky

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Blackwater Bribed Iraqi Government Officials!

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Blackwater Said to Approve $1 Million in Iraqi Bribes After Shootings

By MARK MAZZETTI and JAMES RISEN
NYTimes.com
November 10, 2009

WASHINGTON — Top executives at Blackwater Worldwide authorized secret payments of about $1 million to Iraqi officials that were intended to silence their criticism and buy their support after a September 2007 episode in which Blackwater security guards fatally shot 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, according to former company officials.

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Countdown: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater assassination contractors: Lord Of The Christian Supremacist Flies

Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Accused in U.S. District Court of Intent to Kill

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By Jerry Markon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 29, 2009

The founder of Blackwater USA deliberately caused the deaths of innocent civilians in a series of shootings in Iraq, attorneys for Iraqis suing the security contractor told a federal judge Friday.

The attorneys singled out Erik Prince, a former Navy SEAL who is the company’s owner, for blame in the deaths of more than 20 Iraqis between 2005 and 2007. Six former Blackwater guards were criminally charged in 14 of the shootings, and family members and victims’ estates sued Prince, Blackwater now called Xe Services LLC and a group of related companies.

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Countdown: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater assassination contractors: Lord Of The Christian Supremacist Flies

The U.S. Invades and Occupies Pakistan By Talha Mujaddidi

CIA Hired Private Military Firm Blackwater for Secret Assassination Program

Countdown: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater assassination contractors: Lord Of The Christian Supremacist Flies

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August 20, 2009

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CIA Hired Private Military Firm Blackwater for Secret Assassination Program

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

US Still Paying Blackwater Millions By Jeremy Scahill

CIA Hired Private Military Firm Blackwater for Secret Assassination Program

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Countdown: Erik Prince and “Bloodwater”

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August 06, 2009

Child Prostitution, Illegal Weapons & Murder! Yep! Sounds Like “Christian” Crusaders To Me!

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

Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder by Jeremy Scahill

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

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Blackwater Founder Implicated in Murder by Jeremy Scahill

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August 02, 2009

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Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the Worlds Most Powerful Mercenary Army, discusses the dwindling ranks of antiwar Democrats in Congress, the cruise missile liberals that support war in Darfur without questioning the aims of U.S. imperialism, the mercenary surge accompanying the troop surge in Afghanistan, the history of bipartisan executive assassination programs and the birther conspiracy theories that completely miss the point.

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Licensed to Kill by Scott Horton

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by Scott Horton
Global Research, October 7, 2007
Harper’s Magazine

Bush Justice Department embraces torture as a tool for collecting intelligence

The Bush Justice Department does have an essential law enforcement mission, though sometimes it seems to behave much more like a criminal syndicate. It warmly embraces the crime of torture as a tool for collecting human intelligence notwithstanding both its manifest illegality and immorality and the uniform view of intelligence professionals that torture consistently produces corrupted, inherently unreliable information. In so doing of course it is engaged in a fairly primitive game of self-protection. It can’t acknowledge the fundamental criminality of its conduct, so it turns the Justice Department into its consigliere. Three different lawyers in the office of legal counsel have rendered formal opinions giving a stamp of approval to a universal crime. Indeed, this sort of legal dexterity now seems to be accepted as a rite of passage for “movement” lawyers–a fact which is very revealing of the new character of the “movement.” It has nothing to do with ideals, and everything to do with personal fidelity. In each of these cases, the opinion boils down to the fundamental principle of the authoritarian state, namely: if the Leader authorizes it, then it must be okay. I can’t wait to see the intellectual conversion that will occur on January 20, 2009, when the opposition party furnishes the Executive.

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The State Dept.’s Murderous Guardians By Robert Scheer

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By Robert Scheer
TruthDig
Oct. 6, 2007

How did it come to be that the ostensibly best-educated and most refined representatives of the United States in Iraq are guarded by gun-toting mercenaries who kill innocent civilians? More urgently, why did State Department employees and their bosses in Washington tolerate—and pay to conceal—the wanton murder conducted on their watch?

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Olbermann: Rush & Phoney Soldiers w/Maddow + Blackwater + War Tax + Worst Person (videos)

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Rush and the Phony Soldiers

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Keith gives his report on the recent … Keith gives his report on the recent flap over Rush Limbaugh and his comments that anyone who served in Iraq and speaks out against it is a phony soldier and how he tried to back peddle and edit his own comments to his listeners. Rachel Maddow weighs in.

Rules of Engagement

The Blackwater hearings began today with founder Erik Prince saying his firm acted appropriately at all times. Jeremy Scahill weighs in on what Blackwater has really been doing in Iraq.

War Frustrations

Lawmakers are introducing legislation that would require the administration to pay for the war through a sur tax instead of passing the debt along to future generations. Howard Fineman weighs in.

Worst Person

And the winner is…Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition. Runner up Bill O’Reilly.