During the Bushit Administration, private armies were encouraged, financed, and developed ostensibly to free up US troops to focus on combat operations. The largest of these companies was Blackwater, which is now operating under the name Xe. Blackwater was just one of several dozen companies which “magically” appeared and were granted no-bid contracts in the billions of dollars making instant millionaires out of people with the right connections to the Bushit Junta.
The first public hint that these private armies weren’t quite on the up and up came early as part of the Abu Garib torture scandal, where it was revealed that a number of the contractors hired by several of these companies included former member of the South Africa Apartheid regime’s special police who had tortured and murdered members of the ANC and South African freedom protesters. At least some of these private contractors were being used in “Rendition” projects, AND – not being subject to the Military’s legal restrictions, the torture of prisoners. These contractors operated as Dick Cheney’s private Army – a quasi legal military organization not bound by the Geneva Conventions.
One of the most visible of these companies was Blackwater, founded by Erik Prince. Erik Prince is the son of Edgar and Elsa Prince and is the brother of Betsy DeVos. Betsy has claimed – Read the rest of this entry »