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  • An Afghan ‘Viceroy?’ Blackwater founder pushes new plan to ‘privatize’ war

    08/20/2018 6:40:22 AM PDT · by SleeperCatcher · 24 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 8/20/18 | USAFeatures
    The founder of the Blackwater private security firm and brother of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is pitching a risky plan to “privatize” the war in Afghanistan, and officials are increasingly worried that POTUS Donald Trump will embrace the plan. After 17-odd years, and following surges and withdrawals — and surges and withdrawals — of U.S. troops through the years, Blackwater founder Erik Prince says the president is “frustrated” by the lack of progress to date, even as he’s given the Pentagon what it has requested to ‘win’ the war there. As such, he has been shopping a new operation to...
  • Officials worry Trump may back Erik Prince plan to privatize war in Afghanistan

    08/17/2018 12:04:37 PM PDT · by Behind the Blue Wall · 34 replies
    NBC "News" ^ | Aug.17, 2018 | Carol E. Lee, Courtney Kube and Josh Lederman
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is increasingly venting frustration to his national security team about the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and showing renewed interest in a proposal by Blackwater founder Erik Prince to privatize the war, current and former senior administration officials said. Prince's idea, which first surfaced last year during the president's Afghanistan strategy review, envisions replacing troops with private military contractors who would work for a special U.S. envoy for the war who would report directly to the president. It has raised ethical and security concerns among senior military officials, key lawmakers and members of Trump's national security...
  • Thousands petition for LeBron James as U.S. Secretary of Education

    08/09/2018 3:18:53 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 81 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | Aug 8, 2018, 1:46 PM | Alec Lewis
    In light of LeBron James and Akron Public Schools’ creating the I Promise School for 240 third- and fourth-graders, thousands of folks have been inspired. They’ve been inspired to the point at which they have put a petition together calling for current U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to be fired. Indeed, they want James to be hired. […] As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, 4,240 people had signed the petition. …
  • Betsy DeVos’s $40 million yacht set adrift by vandals

    07/26/2018 10:15:17 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 134 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 07/26/18 07:17 AM EDT | By Morgan Gstalter
    A $40 million yacht owned by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was reportedly untied from the dock at a northern Ohio marina and set adrift. The captain of the 163-foot yacht, named "Seaquest," called the Huron Police Department early Sunday morning when the crew realized the boat was floating in the Huron Boat Basin, The Toledo Blade reported. The yacht hit a dock, causing between $5,000 and $10,000 in damage, the newspaper added, citing a police report. Investigators are hoping surveillance footage will show who untied the yacht from the dock. It is one of 10 boats owned by DeVos and...
  • Erik Prince: I ‘Cooperated’ With Mueller

    06/19/2018 6:59:18 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 14 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 19 June 2018 | Betsy Woodruff
    Erik Prince, the founder of private security company Blackwater, has found himself embroiled in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of potential coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. During the campaign, Prince reportedly met at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., operative George Nader, and social media specialist Joel Zamel to discuss a potential pro-Trump social media influence operation. He also met with Russian sovereign wealth fund manager Kirill Dmitriev during the transition period—a meeting reportedly planned to set up a backchannel between the Trump administration and Russia. Those revelations raise questions about his relationship to the Trump administration—questions...
  • Special Counsel Mueller’s Team Questioned Blackwater Founder Erik Prince

    05/10/2018 6:34:48 AM PDT · by Magnatron · 18 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 10 May 2018 | Betsy Woodruff
    Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team has spoken with Blackwater founder Erik Prince, two sources familiar with the matter tell The Daily Beast. It was not immediately clear what questions Mueller’s team had or what information Prince shared with the special counsel. Prince attended a now-controversial meeting with the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund in the Seychelles on Jan. 11, 2017—just over a week before Inauguration Day. The Washington Post reported that Mueller is interested in potential efforts at the Seychelles meeting to set up a backchannel between the Trump administration and the Kremlin. A spokesman for the special counsel...
  • Former "High-Level" CIA Agent Warns "Terrified" Deep State Wants President Trump "Taken Out" (VIDEO)

    01/17/2018 1:26:56 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 56 replies
    gatewaypundit ^ | January 16, 2018 | Joshua Caplan
    Shipp was a CIA Anti Terrorism expert and was assigned as a protective agent for the Director of Central Intelligence. He is the recipient of a Medallion for overseas covert operations, two CIA Meritorious Unit Citations and three Exceptional Performance Awards. Zerohedge published a partial transcript of Ship's comments made to USAWatchdog.com's Greg Hunter: "They are terrified, they are terrified right now. They did not expect Trump to do what he is doing now. The reason they tried to get him even before he was elected is they knew he was uncontrollable, and they knew if he got in there,...
  • White House denies planning private global spy network to circumvent U.S. agencies

    12/05/2017 2:21:45 PM PST · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12/5/17 | Steven Nelson
    White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday the Trump administration is not preparing to set up a private global spy network to circumvent U.S. intelligence agencies. "I haven't asked [President Trump], but it's not something that's currently in the works," Sanders said at the daily White House press briefing. The denial followed a report in The Intercept that the administration was considering reliance on private spies to avoid "deep state" biases against Trump and to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo supplemental information. The idea reportedly is being considered at the urging of Blackwater founder Erik Prince and Oliver North,...
  • President Trump To Bypass Treasonous US Intelligence Agencies – Plus – Impeachment Vote Fails.

    12/07/2017 9:04:34 AM PST · by davikkm · 31 replies
    IWB ^ | Ruby Henley
    Blackwater founder Erik Prince, ex-CIA officer John Maguire, and Oliver North are advising President Trump to create his own private global spy network, which would report directly to him and CIA Director Mike Pompeo.  At this point, President Trump is surrounded by treasonous US Intelligence Agencies, which are part of the vast Deep State network seeking to overthrow his Presidency.   They are working with Special Counselor Robert Mueller to impeach him, and quite frankly they are quickly moving forward.  Mueller has let it be known he has made a deal with General Michael Flynn, which is nothing but a...
  • Retired CIA Agent Working With Blackwater Claims H.R. McMaster Approved NSA Spy Job On Trump Family

    12/06/2017 5:34:29 AM PST · by blam · 31 replies
    One News Page ^ | 12-6-2017
    A retired CIA officer reportedly working with Blackwater founder Erik Prince to pitch the White House on a global, private spy network which as we reported yesterday would allow the White House to circumvent and counter "deep state enemies" within U.S. intelligence agencies, is said to have made the stunning claim that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster worked with the NSA to perform surveillance on Donald Trump Jr, Eric Trump, Steve Bannon and others, according to a report in The Intercept. Former CIA agent John R. Maguire and Blackwater founder Erik Prince The former CIA agent, John R. Maguire -...
  • TRUMP WHITE HOUSE WEIGHING PLANS FOR PRIVATE SPIES TO COUNTER “DEEP STATE” ENEMIES

    12/05/2017 1:26:53 PM PST · by shove_it · 71 replies
    TheIntercepy ^ | 4 Dec 2017
    THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance from Oliver North, a key figure in the Iran-Contra scandal — to provide CIA Director Mike Pompeo and the White House with a global, private spy network that would circumvent official U.S. intelligence agencies, according to several current and former U.S. intelligence officials and others familiar with the proposals. The sources say the plans have been pitched to the White House as a means of countering “deep state” enemies in the intelligence community seeking to undermine Donald...
  • Erik Prince says Robert Mueller has not contacted him about alleged Trump-Russia 'back-channel'

    10/18/2017 7:32:12 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 4 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 18, 2017
    Businessman Erik Prince says he has not been contacted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller about a January meeting in the Seychelles between himself and a Russian reportedly close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Prince added that whoever leaked to the press should be questioned instead. The Washington Post reported in April on what it called a "secret meeting" in the Indian Ocean country, citing "officials, who did not identify the Russian." The Post wrote that the Jan. 11 meeting was "part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to...
  • Exclusive: American Mercenaries 'Torturing' Saudi Elites Rounded up by New Crown Prince

    11/22/2017 2:47:20 PM PST · by drewh · 58 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16:48 EST, 22 November 2017 | Ryan Parry, West Coast Josh Boswell
    Saudi princes and billionaire businessmen arrested in a power grab earlier this month are being strung up by their feet and beaten by American private security contractors, a source in the country tells DailyMail.com. The group of the country's most powerful figures were arrested in a crackdown ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman three weeks ago as he ordered the detention of at least 11 fellow princes and hundreds of businessmen and government officials over claims of corruption. DailyMail.com can disclose that the arrests have been followed by 'interrogations' which a source said were being carried out by 'American...
  • A Private Military

    10/25/2017 4:58:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 25, 2017 | John Stossel
    We've fought in Afghanistan for 16 years now. Are we making progress? After 9/11, we invaded, overthrew the Taliban, killed Osama Bin Laden and -- stayed. Afghanistan is now America's longest war, ever. President Trump's solution? He'll send several thousand more soldiers. Erik Prince says he has a better idea -- fight terrorists with only 2,000 American Special Operations personnel, plus "a contractor force" of 6,000. Prince is the founder of Blackwater, the private military contractor. The military uses contractors to provide security, deliver mail, rescue soldiers and more. Private contractors often do jobs well, for much less than the...
  • TrevorLoudon: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster: A legend or a lie?

    08/29/2017 4:36:11 PM PDT · by wtd · 38 replies
    Trevor Loudon's New Zeal blog ^ | August 29, 2017 – 4:08 pm EST | James Simpson
    TrevorLoudon: National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster: A legend or a lie?(language warning)Fresh on the heels of a successful offensive in Mosul, Iraq, the Iraqi military is now poised to Operation Restoring Rights. His reputation as a brilliant military strategist rests largely on the results of that one battle. Given the widespread support for McMaster in the media and Washington establishment, it is ironic that current reporting largely fails to mention this battle or McMaster’s central role in it. McMaster’s widely-hyped strategic acumen has been called into question by high-level military sources with personal knowledge of his conduct in the...
  • Inside Erik Prince’s secret proposal to outsource the war in Afghanistan

    08/11/2017 9:23:10 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09 August 2017 | Josh Rogin
    Businessman and Blackwater founder Erik Prince has been shopping around Washington a detailed proposal for replacing thousands of American soldiers in Afghanistan with contractors from foreign countries led by a “viceroy” with almost unfettered power over U.S. military and diplomatic policy. Prince has been public about the broad outlines of his plan, which is reportedly supported by some senior White House officials, including chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon, but many crucial details have not been brought into public view, until now. Prince has laid out his proposal in a PowerPoint presentation to government officials, lawmakers and congressional officials. Entitled “A...
  • U.S. Court Voids Prison Terms For U.S. Mercenaries Who Killed 31 Iraqi Civilians

    08/06/2017 2:29:25 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    Law Newz ^ | Aug 5, 2017 | A.P.
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday overturned the first-degree murder conviction of a former Blackwater security contractor, ordering a new trial for the man prosecutors say fired the first shots in the 2007 slayings of 14 Iraqi civilians at a crowded traffic circle in Baghdad.</p>
  • Court Rejects a Murder Conviction and Sentences in Blackwater Case

    08/04/2017 12:18:32 PM PDT · by ex91B10 · 22 replies
    NYT ^ | 8-4-17 | MATT APUZZO
    A federal appeals court threw out the lengthy sentences for three Blackwater Worldwide security contractors and ordered a new trial for a fourth man involved in a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad.
  • Blackwater Founder Erik Prince's Armed Crop Duster Is At The Paris Air Show

    06/21/2017 4:34:18 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 26 replies
    The Drive ^ | JUNE 20, 2017 | JOSEPH TREVITHICK
    As the market for crop dusters converted into light surveillance and attack aircraft continues to expand, another contender has appeared on the market at the annual Paris Air Show at the French capital city’s Le Bourget Airport. However, potential customers might be turned off by the company’s already sordid reputation, which involves accusations of dubiously legal business practices, potential violations of international embargoes and sanctions, and a connection to infamous mercenary Erik Prince. On June 19, 2017, the first day of the show, a modified Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft sat out in the sun at Le Bourget. Bulgarian firm LASA...
  • Blackwater Founder Recommends 'Less, Lighter Ops'

    06/13/2017 10:53:03 AM PDT · by w1n1 · 8 replies
    Am Shooting Journal ^ | 6/13/2017 | K Wong
    Afghanistan Approach As the Trump administration debates its Afghanistan War approach, Blackwater founder and former Navy SEAL Erik Prince is recommending, that the U.S. military goes back to its light footprint concept. Prince stated that this approach was used during the first 12 months following the September 2001 attack was the most effective. This was a culmination of CIA, special operators and contractors working with Afghan forces with tactical air support. In other words, why not go back to something that was in the works that was successful. Prince was referring to a model that for a couple of hundred...