Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Revealed As CIA Spy

Fascinatingly, according to a just-released article from Vanity Fair, Erik Prince, the “Christian-supremacist” founder of Blackwater, worked secretly as a CIA agent from 2004 until two months ago:

The truth about Prince may be orders of magnitude stranger than fiction.

For the past six years, he appears to have led an astonishing double life. Publicly, he has served as Blackwater’s C.E.O. and chairman. Privately, and secretly, he has been helping [the C.I.A.] to craft, fund, and execute operations ranging from inserting personnel into “denied areas”—places U.S. intelligence has trouble penetrating—to assembling hit teams targeting al-Qaeda members.

While his company was busy gleaning more than $1.5 billion in government contracts…Prince, according to sources with knowledge of his activities, has been working as a C.I.A. asset: in a word, as a spy.

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15 Responses to Blackwater Founder Erik Prince Revealed As CIA Spy

  1. drewt333 December 2, 2009 at 6:13 pm #

    I challenge the use of the word 'revealed.' Exactly what about Prince's/Blackwater's activities _concealed_ their relationship with the CIA?

  2. pithhelmet December 2, 2009 at 8:08 pm #

    This is a non-story. The heads of America's private military companies consult with the heads of the regular military. Do you guys work for Mr. Prince's publicist?

    • Polymorpheous December 3, 2009 at 2:57 am #

      c.i.a. is not a military entity. the military have the d.i.a., defense intelligence agency.

  3. Tuna Ghost December 2, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    One has to admit, if he does become a high-school teacher after retiring from running Blackwater (pardon me, “Xe”), he would make a pretty hard-ass math teacher.

  4. Martin Grant December 2, 2009 at 11:32 pm #

    depending upon where you stand on certain issues, this man is either a truly noble christian who is willing to use his wealth and power to advance his religion, not the other way around as most republican 'Christians' do. or he is completely insane and the most dangerous kind of zealot…the kind who is really proficient at killing on a mass scale (in the lord's name).

    • Tuna Ghost December 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

      I would imagine he's actually very secular about killing people. I very much doubt he's trying to convery anyone in Afghanistan or Pakistan, or that his combat is in any capacity a “holy” war. War has been such good business for him, I'd wager it's about the dollar.

  5. tonyviner December 3, 2009 at 1:28 am #

    I am pretty sure it was made illegal under the Anti-Pinkerton Act of 1893 for members of private militaries to be employed by the government. Who cares, though, that was a long time ago.

  6. 5by5 December 3, 2009 at 7:07 am #

    [Sarcasm Alert!] Yeah tonyviner. Who gives a crap about old laws? That whole Constitution thing is wicked old. Let's ignore that. Oh wait — they already are.

    Feh.

    The reason why this is a significant story, is that those who work directly for the CIA aren't legally allowed to do half of what this little goober did. Moreover, those who work directly for the CIA are supposed to be subject to a little thing we taxpayers like to call “oversight”. The sort of thing that reigns people in so they don't go doing something stupid that embarrasses America later, like rendition or torture, or apparently in the case of this douche, outright murder.

    See, some of us like to be ACCURATE about who precisely we're off killing, and if everything's done under the table, there are no guarantees of this. Most of the poor slobs they put in GITMO after all, were completely innocent, and some were kids as young as 15. This is what happens when you pay ransoms for impoverished people to turn in other impoverished people, and neglect to verify whether you've got the right dude, in a country like Afghanistan where many people share the same exact name. So you've got Hasan Muhammad, but do you have the right Hasan Muhammad? This is doubly dangerous in a country where old tribal rivalries mean you're more likely to have someone turn in his neighbor who allegedly stole his goat, or “violated his daughter” by looking at her ankle under her burkah, than you are an actual Al Qaeda terrorist.

    And what makes this truly odious is that if this nitwit is out killing people at random in our name, we then become accomplices to his crimes if we allow it to continue. And I for one, am not down with that.

    What this also highlights is the problem of outsourcing intelligence activities. The black budget is rife with this crap. Rights-violating programs like Total Information Awareness (that upset the entire political spectrum from Bob Barr on the Rightwing to Dennis Kucinich on the Leftwing), are quite correctly stopped by Congress because they know that under the Constitution (there's that damn piece of paper again) the program was basically pissing on your 4th Amendment right to order a pizza, or talk to your girlfriend, or cry to your mommy, or talk to your banker, or your doctor, or your boss without having some suit in D.C. snooping on you like a bad character in the East German Stazi.

    So rather than respecting the American people and the laws they are supposed to protect, these asshats instead cut the program into little bits, then farm it out to private companies like Poindexter's Bright Sky Inc., who don't have to report to Congress (ie. “We the People's” representatives). The combination of compartmentalization and privatization allows the war profiteers to violate American law at will. And that's not kosher. And it's no accident that the people who pulled this crap back in the 80's during Iran-Contra are back doing it again now. That's what happens when you don't hold criminals accountable. Recidivism.

    THAT is why this is important.

    THIS time people need to be held accountable, and not only never be able to work for, or with the United States government ever again, but they need to get a big cellmate named Bubba who thinks 'ole Eric has a pretty mouth.

    Better yet, the cells next door should house Darth Cheney, Alberto “Torquemada” Gonzales, David Addington, John Yoo, and President-Select Bush himself for coming up with these dippy ideas in the first place. And because we're more merciful than they are, Condi Rice can have her own space in the Women's Correctional Facility for Wayward Shoe-shoppers.

    • Polymorpheous December 3, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

      nice.

    • read_ya_5x5 December 14, 2009 at 9:52 pm #

      Hail fellow, well met!
      p.s. Dude! Yer usin' my handle! (Read_Ya_5x5)

  7. 5by5 December 3, 2009 at 7:20 am #

    I should add too, that if President Obama doesn't get all “changey” pretty quickly, but rather continues these idiotic programs as (according to Jeremy Scahill) he is in Baghram, then Obama could very easily find himself in a cell next to Bush, if he's not careful. An accomplice after the fact, is an accomplice after the fact.

    Justice couldn't get to Pinochet fast enough before he croaked, but trends can change. Who knows? The people might just get all uppity enough to start holding the big boys accountable too — not just low-lying fruit like Graner or Lynndie England, who were “just following orders”.

    This is also why the high mucky-mucks at Goldman Sachs are getting nervous. People don't seem to be buying their whole “we can tank the economy because Jesus embraces greed” line either.

    Funny that.

  8. jack rabbit December 6, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    Perhaps this will be of interest to readers:
    http://americansjourney.blogspot.com/2009/12/ma

  9. read_ya_5x5 December 16, 2009 at 2:39 pm #

    Eric Prince a CIA asset?!?! How did I miss that one?????

    But, of course, Mr. Prince is an CIA asset, after all, they hired him/his company, to operate on their behalf, but, what was Mr. Prince himself up to? Mr. Prince is/was in the perfect position for a covert operator, in plain sight. But the question remains, what could Mr. Prince do for the CIA that the CIA could not do for itself?

    The answer? Read the Vanity Fair article. After having done so, I think it answers most of my questions in a fair and balanced manner. (Ick! I DID NOT just say that!?)

    Mr. Prince appears to be just another in a long line American uber-patriots, al-la Ollie North, who serve the ends of a right-wing, semi-Nazi Republican administration that believes that the end justifies the means. Which it does.

    Oh, my God! What have I become????

  10. claflin December 21, 2009 at 1:43 am #

    I want to know why he or his people, pretty sure it was he, was on Tiger’s private jet for a wild party with hookers. did he clean up a messy vegas party to protect his clients? did he take part in the activities? he is related to Bush through this Christian/Mormon/Fundlementalist group that has “sister wifes”. that why most of these hookers came out and they all know each other. the Feds must have been piching him for his porn biz. wish they would seize the computers of his workers to see how they used myspace and craigslist erotic services. he had quite the biz. poor Elin. who is the girl in the link? relative? mistress? that is a pic for the posters saying she has the REAL story.

  11. claflin December 20, 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    I want to know why he or his people, pretty sure it was he, was on Tiger's private jet for a wild party with hookers. did he clean up a messy vegas party to protect his clients? did he take part in the activities? he is related to Bush through this Christian/Mormon/Fundlementalist group that has “sister wifes”. that why most of these hookers came out and they all know each other. the Feds must have been piching him for his porn biz. wish they would seize the computers of his workers to see how they used myspace and craigslist erotic services. he had quite the biz. poor Elin. who is the girl in the link? relative? mistress? that is a pic for the posters saying she has the REAL story.

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