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The long arm of Blackwater

By Laurie Bennett

April 15, 2015 at 8:27am

Four former Blackwater guards were sentenced this week to long prison terms for killing Iraqi citizens in 2007.

In the years since the shootings, the company has been renamed and sold several times and its founder, Erik Prince, has left the country.

It’s probably a good time to remember that in its various guises, the company had close ties to influential people in the U.S. government and Republican politics.

Directors included former Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft, former CIA Counterterrorism Director Cofer Black, former Undersecretary of State Stuart Eizenstat and former NSA Director Bobby Inman.

Prince is the brother of Betsy DeVos, former head of the Michigan Republican Party and an activist in the charter schools movement. Her husband, Amway heir Dick Devos, ran unsuccessfully for Michigan governor in 2006.

Prince moved to Abu Dhabi in 2010. His new company, Frontier Services Group, focuses on Africa, according to the New York Times.

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