Patrick's Blackwater Grafting Adventure

On July 27th, 2007, Erik Prince gave $20,000 to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), listing his employer/occupation as “Self/Business Owner”. Today Erik Prince, chairman of Blackwater USA, testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Four Republican members of the House Committee are also members of the NRCC Executive Committee.

Rep. Tom Davis, Virginia, Ranking Minority Member of the House Committee is also the Chairman of the NRCC Executive Committee. Patrick McHenry, North Carolina holds two leadership positions: IE Task Force and Finance Vice-Chairman. Darrell Issa, California and Lynn Westmoreland, Georgia are additional members of the NRCC Executive Committee. All four made statements supportive of Blackwater, critical of critics or asked questions that were essentially rhetorical requiring little more than affirmative answers from Prince.

Issa used his time to criticize and defend Prince family contributions to Republican causes. This followed his earlier veiled threat to House Committee Chair Henry Waxman on C-Span. Westmoreland attacked Democrats for not wanting a war where soldiers get killed, praised Blackwater and claimed that Democrats didn’t like companies who show a profit.

Davis tried to punt a few different ways then blamed the State Department for lack of oversight. McHenry acted as if rehearsing a script prepared by Blackwater, thanking Prince for an “amazing job” and asking leading questions that only portrayed Blackwater in a positive light. He did not publicly thank Prince for his $20,000 contribution to the NRCC but as NRCC Finance Vice-Chairman he was obviously expressing his gratitude as obsequiously as possible.

When pressed by the House Committee, Prince declined to elaborate on the entities controlled by him and the Prince Group LLC. Here for the first time in one place is such a list, not definitive but certainly expansive:

Blackwater Armor & Targets LLC
Blackwater Logistics LLC
Blackwater ProShop LLC
Blackwater Target Systems LLC
BWT Services LLC
E & J Holdings, L.L.C.
E & J Leasing, L.L.C.
EP Investments, L.L.C.
Neptune Solutions LLC
Pelagian Maritime, LLC
Raven Development Group LLC
Toadstool LLC
Bearpaw Medical, PLLC
Blackwater Airships LLC
Blackwater Lodge and Training Center, Inc.
Blackwater West LLC
Neptune Holdings 1 LLC
Blackwater Security Consulting LLC
EP Management Services, LLC
Presidential Airways, Inc.
Aviation Worldwide Services, L.L.C.
Erik D. Prince
Erik D. Prince Living Trust u/a/d August 5, 1992, as amended
Erik D.Prince Grantor Retained Annuity Trust

All of these entities are associated with Blackwater operations in North Carolina. Prince Group LLC is not registered in NC but controls entities listed above. And if you ever want any Blackwater services for yourself at government rates, here's a GSA Price Schedule for you, good until January 31, 2010



Great stuff, Greg

News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

Where is ...

Blackwater Bait & Tackle on that list? Or Blackwater Easy Rider Rifle Rack Skeet & Gun Club? Or the equally frightening Blackwater Online Trailer Park Dating and Escort Service?

Seriously though, these guys are like a metastasizing cancer, aren't they.


Whatever it is, you'll find it here in NC:

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Dang it Gary! I told you to remove the red light at the bunker!

Nice pic! Now where is the Prince escort service Inc located....Oh! I see it! 3 rd bunker to the right with the Pink Bunny on it....Stay after them folks....You have Blackwater attention big time.....

When Erik was at Hillsdale College, a big scandel broke out when the President of the College was caught shacking up with his son wife. It's all about sharing with family affairs with these psycho-paths in the Michigan Republican party and Blackwater.

Great work Greg

I guess this answers DQ's question yesterday when she asked why was little patty defending them so much. With these Republicants it's always a matter of following the money. They claim to be Christians who put God first in everything they do. (They just didn't say that their god is the almighty dollar.)

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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Republicans are awash in money from Blackwater

and other contractors making a killing.

from my diary on Jeremy Scahill;

He pointed out that the close ties of for-profit mercenaries contractors to the Bush regime are not only dangerous because of the lack of control that Congress is left with but have a much more insidious and important role in keeping the Republican machine in power. As more and more billions of dollars are siphoned away from the US military and into the coffers of these very right leaning companies and back through the political machine, Republicans are virtually ensuring themselves permanent power.

Have you called to support H. Res 333 Impeach Cheney Today? call 202-224-3121 & ask for your Congress member by name

Great Blackwater Cartoon from Slate

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No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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A few entity names I didn't specifically list above.

Blackwater USA
Greystone Limited
Blackwater Canine aka Blackwater K-9

Also a fairly neutral report in the Weekly Standard last December describes Blackwater operations in some detail.