When we look back at how the Blackwater Empire came tumbling down, one of the most important dates will be September 26th, the day Blackwater backed out of a contract to by more land in North Carolina. In some ways it's a small thing, but in other ways, it is the beginning of the end.
There's a new dimension to the fallout from the Sept. 16 shooting in Baghdad that left 11 Iraqis dead: Blackwater USA apparently has stopped all its expansion projects.
On Wednesday, the North Carolina private military contractor canceled a $5.5 million real estate deal to buy 1,800 acres of farmland near Fort Bragg, where the company was going to set up a training ground for soldiers and corporate executives.
The diplomatic and public relations damage from the shooting, combined with Tuesday's scheduled testimony at Congress by Blackwater Chairman Erik Prince, prompted Blackwater to put all new projects on hold, according to the president of a company that had a deal to sell the land to Blackwater.
Over the past five years, the use of mercenaries by United States of America has distorted everything honest and true about our nation. And Blackwater's headquarters in North Carolina is the epicenter of the evil for more reasons than you can count.
Congressman David Price (NC-4) is out in front on this issue and is correctly positioned as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security to go all the way. Please write to Congressman Price and encourage him to stop at nothing to set things right. This fundamental break in our nation's integrity deserves nothing less.
The cancellation of Blackwater's expansion is a signal of weakness. It is time to step up the pressure.