Just when you begin to think that things are on the way to calmness, something pops up and reminds that so much is hidden from our daily lives – by design.
The founder of Blackwater, the group of mercenaries, that no one wants referred to that way, is moving out of the United States and to the United Arab Emirates.
Isn’t this very strange behavior for someone his age and supposed leanings?
Erik Prince, the founder of the notorious security company Blackwater/Xe, has left the United States and is settling with his family in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
Prince, 51, personally is not facing any criminal charges for now, but his company, now known as Xe Services LLC, has been implicated in a series of scandals related to its operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere, court documents say.
In documents filed with the Justice Department, the North Carolina-based company is facing multiple lawsuits, including a case in federal court in Alexandria, Virginia, alleging that Blackwater/Xe defrauded the US government. The case was brought up by two former employees, AFP reported on Wednesday.
Five former executives have been indicted on federal firearms charges, and two former contractors are on trial in Norfolk, Virginia, accused of murdering two civilians in Afghanistan in 2009. They pleaded not guilty on Tuesday.
Attorneys for the plaintiffs had sought to obtain a statement from Prince before his departure for Abu Dhabi, saying he might not return to the United States “if he is indicted on weapons smuggling charges or other matters.”
Prince’s attorneys responded, saying, “There is no basis for such speculation.” But the judge in the case has ordered Prince to appear for the deposition on August 23, 2010 or another day, but not later than September 3, in Abu Dhabi.
The list of things that are a problem with this guy’s behavior are so many that in the area where the article appeared first, yesterday, there were about 40 comments listing things he has been accused of, by the news and his peers.
Xe has earned over $1 billion doing security work for the US government in Iraq and Afghanistan. Prince put the company up for sale in June.
In the June 4 edition of The Wall Street Journal, it was reported that Xe’s most recent government contract tasked the group with protecting CIA bases in Afghanistan.
The report was confirmed at the end of June by Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta during a TV interview, the newspaper wrote.
Blackwater/Xe mercs were hated by the Iraqis during their time in that country because they were able to kill many civilians with impunity.
The fact that companies like this exist, and operate under the aegis of the U.S. government gives credence to all those from other countries who are certain the United States is doing the sort of bad things we accuse other well-known bad actors of doing. You know, like Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, etc.
Of course, one reason for the family move to U.A.E. is because that country has no extradition treaty with the United States.
[things that make you go “Hmmm”]
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