Wednesday, August 5, 2009
We've previously noted litigation against Blackwater International, brought by Iraqi civilians. This week, The Nation reports that affidavits filed in that case allege that the founder of the company, Erik Prince, was connected to homicide:
A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company's owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince "views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe," and that Prince's companies "encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life."