Monday, June 13, 2011

Reflex Responses

June Updates - GO here

According to an article that appeared in the August 6, 2009, edition of the Economist ("Eric Prince and the Last Crusade"), in an affidavit lodged with a court in Virginia, a former Blackwater employee stated the following: "Prince views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe." He also noted that many Blackwater employees "used calls signs based on the Knights of Templar, the warriors who fought the crusades."

Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater Founder Erik Prince’s Private Army of “Christian Crusaders” in the UAE

The United Arab Emirates has confirmed hiring a company headed by Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of the military firm Blackwater. According to the New York Times, the UAE secretly signed a $529 million contract with Prince’s new company, Reflex Responses, to put together an 800-member battalion of foreign mercenaries.

The troops could be deployed if foreign guest workers stage revolts in labor camps, or if the UAE regime were challenged by pro-democracy protests like those sweeping the Arab world. Prince has one rule about the new force: no Muslims. We speak to investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill and Samer Muscati of Human Rights Watch. [includes rush transcript]

Interview with Jeremy Scahill May 18, 2011 here

from May 15, 2011 NYT GO here

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