Two former employees of Blackwater – the notorious military mercenary corporation, now known as XE – have filed sworn statements in federal court making shocking allegations. One of the most explosive allegations is that Erik Prince, founder and former CEO of Blackwater, murdered or facilitated the murder of people who were cooperating in a federal investigation of the company.
I urge everyone to read Jeremy Scahill’s report in The Nation that broke the story, and listen to Amy Goodman’s interview with Scahill on the August 5th Democracy Now for more details on this critical story.
These allegations are too disturbing to ignore. In addition to murder, these sworn statements allege:
- Blackwater executives destroyed incriminating emails, documents and videos;
- Blackwater management threatened potential whistleblowers with violence and death;
- Blackwater smuggled illegal and unlawful weapons into Iraq – sometimes in then CEO Prince’s private planes, sometimes in dogfood bags, using Blackwater’s canine division as cover for this crime; and
- CEO Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe.”
The Iraqi government banned Blackwater from Iraq in January of this year, due to its violence toward Iraqis and repeated criminal acts. Yet the U.S. State Department still has other contracts with this company. Why?
Taxpayer money should no longer go to Blackwater. Sign the petition to demand an immediate end to all contracts with Blackwater, a Congressional investigation into these new explosive allegations, and legislation to ban the use of mercenary companies like Blackwater altogether. It’s right here.
You can read the sworn statements for yourself, as well. Read the statements from John Doe 1 and John Doe 2 – both men requested anonymity out of fear for their safety in bringing forward these allegations.