Skip to comments.Secret Desert Force Set Up by Blackwater’s Founder
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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Sheik Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi hired Erik Prince to build a fighting force.
This guy Erik Prince deserves to be a billionaire.
Good for him.
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Best part is, the US government can’t touch his money anymore.
Halliburton, Xe, etc.
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 couldnt hit the broad side of a barn, said a former employee. Other recruits admitted to never having fired a weapon.
Hillsdale College grad, hates fags, loves free capitalism, hates govt interference in daily life, ex-Seal. A true American.
NY Slimes B.S. Alert!
IAC, it's not just Columbians...
Amen! God bless Erik Prince !
His country abandoned him.
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.
Erik Prince could end up being king of the UAE.
Several hit pieces on the Columbians the past week or so. The Bammy administration must be gearing up to screw them over.
“Best part is, the US government cant 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.
Good for him.
Is that why the NYT headline outs any ‘secret’ efforts led by him? I didn’t read much past the headline...
Doing the jobs Americans won’t do?
Mr Phelps, is that you?
Prince likely decided that avoiding the Obama/Holder “Justice” Department was the best course of action. I don't blame him.
Erik Prince will never return to America.
UAE sounds like a good place to move. However, can’t drink booze there.
So Erik Prince is building a mercenary army for hire to the highest bidder? Who says it has to be sold only to sovereign governmental powers? What’s to stop a private corporation from running attacks on the heads of foreign nations or corporations that are standing in the ways of development plans?
Xe sounds fruity. I like Blackwater better..the name makes liberals froth at the mouth.
You don’t know much about the UAE do you? Lots of awesome bars and clubs there....very modern cities. Lots of Brits..if you think Brits will live in a “dry” country, you have another thing coming...haha. UAE is NOT “dry”.
Mr. Prince’s subordinates were following his strict rule: hire no Muslims.
Muslim soldiers, Mr. Prince warned, could not be counted on to kill fellow Muslims.
I’d hit it, though.
Pardon me, but your @$$ is showing
Have Gun, Will Travel
Yes. In the Immigration and Nationalization test, the following question appears:
73. You see a homosexual. You: A) Wish him a good day, while making no eye contact. B) Give him advice about good Musical Shows that are presently playing. C) Kick his ass, pee on him, and set him on fire. D) Offer him help on his rent and transportation costs.The correct answer, of course, is C).
From my hometown. His family started an automotive parts company that was evetually purchased by Johnson Controls in 1996, after the family had built it into a 2+ billion dollar enterprise.
Red-blooded Americans...all of them.
IIRC, arms guru Jeff Cooper once trained the bodyguards of a king. Upon completion, he told the king (paraphrased) “I trust these men can protect your life; do you trust them to?”
Virtually unlimited military budgets in retaliation.
He’s in another country. If he becomes a citizen, he could have the Abu Dhabi government against the US government.
The problem of relying on mercenaries to guard the head of state is that eventually they have to be given a seat at the table of rulership.
“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 couldnt hit the broad side of a barn, said a former employee. Other recruits admitted to never having fired a weapon.”
All war is based on deception—Sun Tzu
A private army, funded by oil wealth, armed with up-to-date weapons systems, could take down the governments of any small nation in Central or South America. How could Chavez stop them?
What the UAE is *really* afraid of is a democratic revolt by all of its workers, who are mainly Pakistanis and Filipinos and kept in labor camps.
Apparently the Emiratis don’t do anything for themselves, aside from count their money.
The Arabs need to hire more South Africans and Serbs as Mercenaries.
“) Kick his ass, pee on him, and set him on fire.”
Nice, but you forgot “...before he molests your son or tries to indoctrinate him into his sodomistic sexual practices.”
This is a late post and I am not sure if someone responded, but you can actually drink in the UAE (in particular Dubai). I have been there, and it is basically a city from Star Wars. I have pictures that (especially at night) seem to be from some sci-fi movie. Some of the craziest bars and clubs. Dubai is quite liberal, while Abu Dhabi and the other Emirates tend to be more conservative. In terms of drink and vice, Dubai is basically what Vegas would like to become when it grows up. The only problem with Dubai is that it is a city that was literally built from slavery. Amazing place to be in, and fantastic shopping, but if you have a conscience you only need to catch a glimpse of the Bangladeshi workers to realize that pleasure is built, not on sweat, but blood.
Aren't they located in hotels where Westerners frequent?
Yup ...as far as I know in is at the hotels.
Then that doesn't really count. The Arabs do not tolerate alcohol and "loose morals" exhibited by Western women. I won't be surprised to see a city-wide crackdown on hotels in the next decade or so.