Did Blackwater Xe Founder Have People Killed?

Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 4:47 pm

For all the criticism faced by Erik Prince, the founder of private security company Blackwater — since renamed Xe — no one’s ever called him a killer. But according to Jeremy Scahill, the reporter most doggedly investigating the company, new sworn statements filed in a civil case against Xe on behalf of Iraqi civilians killed by company operatives in 2007 claim just that. These are filings from anonymous ex-Blackwater employees obtained by Scahill for The Nation:

The former employee, identified in the court documents as “John Doe #2,” is a former member of Blackwater’s management team, according to a source close to the case. Doe #2 alleges in a sworn declaration that, based on information provided to him by former colleagues, “it appears that Mr. Prince and his employees murdered, or had murdered, one or more persons who have provided information, or who were planning to provide information, to the federal authorities about the ongoing criminal conduct.” John Doe #2 says he worked at Blackwater for four years; his identity is concealed in the sworn declaration because he “fear[s] violence against me in retaliation for submitting this Declaration.” He also alleges, “On several occasions after my departure from Mr. Prince’s employ, Mr. Prince’s management has personally threatened me with death and violence.”

In a separate sworn statement, the former US marine who worked for Blackwater in Iraq alleges that he has “learned from my Blackwater colleagues and former colleagues that one or more persons who have provided information, or who were planning to provide information about Erik Prince and Blackwater have been killed in suspicious circumstances.” Identified as “John Doe #1,” he says he “joined Blackwater and deployed to Iraq to guard State Department and other American government personnel.” It is not clear if Doe #1 is still working with the company as he states he is “scheduled to deploy in the immediate future to Iraq.” Like Doe #2, he states that he fears “violence” against him for “submitting this Declaration.” No further details on the alleged murder(s) are provided.

I can’t add anything to this account. It’s absolutely explosive if it’s true. Xe wouldn’t talk to Scahill.

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Comment posted August 4, 2009 @ 9:49 pm

Wow. Yet another ringing endorsement for the privatization of all government services…

Comment posted August 4, 2009 @ 11:03 pm

Not as explosive as Newshoggers suggesting that somehow Gen Petraeus was somehow involved in smuggling weapons and killing to cover it up. Wow, those weapons that were already in Iraq, already handed over to the Iraqis and worth the same as a couple of packs of cigarettes must have been too much of a temptation for the man.

Comment posted August 4, 2009 @ 11:13 pm

So, based on what is reported, a Blackwater employee heard a rumor. The “under threat of perjury” mentioned would relate to him being truthful about the fact someone did in fact tell him this detail-free allegation. If this could be proven or disproved, there is no material difference.

I would be surprised if all 140,000 US personnel in Iraq hadn't heard the same rumor or better ones.
If you really think “nobody has ever called Eric Prince a killer” then you may wish to acquaint yourself with the internet. There were few descriptions of him in any other terms.

Comment posted August 4, 2009 @ 11:19 pm

Funny how when Republicans are in trouble all the witnesses die.

Comment posted August 4, 2009 @ 11:26 pm

Xe, the Amway of mass murder.

Comment posted August 5, 2009 @ 3:18 am

Well Eric Prince does seem to be some sort of a religious kook. And we are talking about billions of dollars at stake. It does make you think.

Comment posted August 5, 2009 @ 7:21 am


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Comment posted August 6, 2009 @ 2:47 pm

Interesting that both of these “witnesses” are repeating here say evidence. “They heard form colleagues and former colleagues” These charges are very serious and need to be invistigated, but how about from the horses mouth. Sounds more like these guys are repeating gossip.

Comment posted August 7, 2009 @ 7:18 pm

Harper's Magazine contributing editor Scott Horton will be my guest Monday Aug 10 at 5 PM NY time on News Talk Online on Paltalk.com to discuss the allegations against Blackwater.

Please go to my blog, http://www.garybaumgarten.com to join in the conversation then.



Comment posted August 9, 2009 @ 7:29 am

We've been holding people at Gitmo and Bagram for years, even torturing them, based on far less evidence than what was presented in these affidavits.

Comment posted August 9, 2009 @ 5:24 pm

My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious. Seriously, whats the difference?

Comment posted August 14, 2009 @ 7:46 pm

Uhh… you better look at how many people have died around the Clintons… This is not even half and that is one family.

Comment posted August 20, 2009 @ 3:25 pm

Wow it turns out Eric Prince had his own private covert paramilitary assassination squads so he could'a if he wanted to.

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