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Secret Desert Force Set Up by Blackwater’s Founder
The New York Times ^ | Saturday, May 14, 2011 | MARK MAZZETTI and EMILY B. HAGER

Posted on 05/14/2011 9:59:04 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, has a new project.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Late one night last November, a plane carrying dozens of Colombian men touched down in this glittering seaside capital. Whisked through customs by an Emirati intelligence officer, the group boarded an unmarked bus and drove roughly 20 miles to a windswept military complex in the desert sand.

The Colombians had entered the United Arab Emirates posing as construction workers. In fact, they were soldiers for a secret American-led mercenary army being built by Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of Blackwater Worldwide, with $529 million from the oil-soaked sheikdom.

Mr. Prince, who resettled here last year after his security business faced mounting legal problems in the United States, was hired by the crown prince of Abu Dhabi to put together an 800-member battalion of foreign troops for the U.A.E., according to former employees on the project, American officials and corporate documents obtained by The New York Times.

The force is intended to conduct special operations missions inside and outside the country, defend oil pipelines and skyscrapers from terrorist attacks and put down internal revolts, the documents show. Such troops could be deployed if the Emirates faced unrest or were challenged by pro-democracy demonstrations in its crowded labor camps or democracy protests like those sweeping the Arab world this year.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 201011; 201105; abudhabi; alnahyan; arabspring; blackwater; columbia; columbians; dubai; erikprince; forcedoutbyusgovt; gwot; hero; mercarmy; mercs; oilpipeline; patriot; pipelineplots; security; uae; xe
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Sheik Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi hired Erik Prince to build a fighting force.

1 posted on 05/14/2011 9:59:06 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

This guy Erik Prince deserves to be a billionaire.
Good for him.


2 posted on 05/14/2011 10:11:19 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: jazusamo; Girlene; 4woodenboats; Grimmy; xzins; smoothsailing; lilycicero; bigheadfred; ...

(( ping ))


3 posted on 05/14/2011 10:12:33 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Best part is, the US government can’t touch his money anymore.


4 posted on 05/14/2011 10:15:52 PM PDT by wastedyears (SEAL SIX makes me proud to have been playing SOCOM since 2003.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Halliburton, Xe, etc.


5 posted on 05/14/2011 10:21:01 PM PDT by Palter (If voting made any difference they wouldn't let us do it. ~ Mark Twain)
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To: Lancey Howard
Looks like they've got a ways to go...

The Emirates wanted the troops to be ready to deploy just weeks after stepping off the plane, but it quickly became clear that the Colombians’ military skills fell far below expectations. “Some of these kids couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn,” said a former employee. Other recruits admitted to never having fired a weapon.

6 posted on 05/14/2011 10:36:25 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: Lancey Howard

Hillsdale College grad, hates fags, loves free capitalism, hates govt interference in daily life, ex-Seal. A true American.


7 posted on 05/14/2011 10:42:27 PM PDT by max americana (.)
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To: smoothsailing
"The Emirates wanted the troops to be ready to deploy just weeks after stepping off the plane, but it quickly became clear that the Colombians’ military skills fell far below expectations. “Some of these kids couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn,” said a former employee. Other recruits admitted to never having fired a weapon. "

NY Slimes B.S. Alert!

IAC, it's not just Columbians...

8 posted on 05/14/2011 10:50:25 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: max americana

Amen! God bless Erik Prince !
His country abandoned him.


9 posted on 05/14/2011 11:50:10 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: max americana

Various African campaigns by Executive Outcomes proved how well a private military contractor force can operate. I still wouldn’t mind hooking with Xe (Blackwater) for a job.


10 posted on 05/15/2011 12:40:09 AM PDT by randomhero97 ("First you want to kill me, now you want to kiss me. Blow!" - Ash)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Erik Prince could end up being king of the UAE.


11 posted on 05/15/2011 1:14:55 AM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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Several hit pieces on the Columbians the past week or so. The Bammy administration must be gearing up to screw them over.


12 posted on 05/15/2011 2:30:34 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: wastedyears

“Best part is, the US government can’t touch his money anymore.”

WRONG on the money part, the IRS has jurisdiction even on Mars.

Two, the US will probably forget that they agreed to and supported this as soon as those people kill someone. I hope he has it all on tape.


13 posted on 05/15/2011 3:46:07 AM PDT by mewykwistmas (Lost your job as a birther under Obama? Become a 'deather'! Where's Bin Laden's death certificate?)
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To: max americana

Good for him.

Is that why the NYT headline outs any ‘secret’ efforts led by him? I didn’t read much past the headline...


14 posted on 05/15/2011 3:53:56 AM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: max americana
Hating fags is part of being a "True American?"

I did not know that.
15 posted on 05/15/2011 3:57:00 AM PDT by LanaTurnerOverdrive ("I've done a lot of things in my life that I'm not proud of. And the things I am proud of are disgus)
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Doing the jobs Americans won’t do?


16 posted on 05/15/2011 3:58:34 AM PDT by TexasRedeye (Eschew obfuscation)
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To: max americana

Mr Phelps, is that you?


17 posted on 05/15/2011 4:31:12 AM PDT by Paradox (Obama gets Trumped.)
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To: MinorityRepublican
shades of Executive Outcome's


18 posted on 05/15/2011 5:21:28 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: SuperLuminal
Many of the men are hired for their technical skills (geeks) rather than their fighting ability. Nevertheless, they must be taught firearms for their own safety & security.

Prince likely decided that avoiding the Obama/Holder “Justice” Department was the best course of action. I don't blame him.

19 posted on 05/15/2011 5:42:09 AM PDT by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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To: Mister Da

Erik Prince will never return to America.


20 posted on 05/15/2011 7:37:09 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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