Stories tagged with Blackwater USA

Trump brings in private contractors for Afghanistan plan

By Laurie Bennett   |   July 11, 2017 at 7:02pm   |   0 Comments

The Trump White House has brought in two businessmen to recommend strategies in Afghanistan, the New York Times reports.

The moneyed, conservative universe of Betsy DeVos

By Laurie Bennett   |   November 19, 2016 at 8:49am   |   0 Comments

Betsy DeVos, former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a vocal advocate of charter schools, reportedly is under consideration for education secretary.

Trump’s Blackwater connection

By Laurie Bennett   |   March 21, 2016 at 1:34pm   |   0 Comments

Donald Trump announced his foreign policy and national security advisers on Monday, revealing a Blackwater connection.

The long arm of Blackwater

By Laurie Bennett   |   April 15, 2015 at 8:27am   |   0 Comments

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

Two out of three Krongards continue corporate activities

By Laurie Bennett   |   December 30, 2011 at 10:22am   |   0 Comments

The last time we wrote about former CIA Executive Director A.B. “Buzzy” Krongard was in 2007, when he quit the advisory board of Blackwater Worldwide.

Erik Prince sells company

By Laurie Bennett   |   December 17, 2010 at 10:42am   |   0 Comments

Blackwater founder Erik Prince has sold his company to a group of California investors.

Blackwater’s high-powered lobbying effort appears to pay off

By Laurie Bennett   |   July 2, 2010 at 7:05am   |   0 Comments

In the last year and a half, Blackwater changed its name, beat (at least temporarily) criminal charges against former employees and hired a prominent Washington lobbyist.

Alvin Krongard quits Blackwater board

By Laurie Bennett   |   November 16, 2007 at 8:54pm   |   0 Comments

The Blackwater web is more tangled than even its main investigator realized.

Howard “Cookie” Krongard, State Department inspector general, recused himself this week from the ongoing probe of Blackwater Worldwide after learning that his brother sits on the company’s advisory board.

When questioned Wednesday by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Krongard at first said his brother did not hold the position.

Blackwater’s Cofer Black stays in the shadows

By Laurie Bennett   |   October 17, 2007 at 7:02am   |   0 Comments

While CEO Erik Prince has been the public face of Blackwater USA during recent weeks of intense government and media scrutiny, the often outspoken Cofer Black, company vice chairman, has kept out of the limelight.

Black, one of the nation's eminent authorities on combatting terrorism, is deeply involved in the network of Blackwater-related companies. He also serves as chairman of Total Intelligence Solutions and is CEO of Black Group, LLC.

With more than 30 years of service in the Central Intelligence Agency, Black is known as a superspy. He helped catch the international terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, better known as "Carlos the Jackal" and in 1999, was named head of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center.

Mark Penn distances himself from Blackwater

By Laurie Bennett   |   October 6, 2007 at 7:24am   |   1 Comments

The Clinton campaign took a defensive crouch yesterday after reports that a company headed by one its top advisers had counseled Blackwater CEO Erik Prince.

A subsidiary of Burson-Marsteller, a PR firm headed by Clinton strategist Mark Penn, helped prepare Prince for his congressional testimony Tuesday.

However, Penn told Politico that he was not involved in the account, and said the firm’s work for Blackwater was “a temporary assignment based on a relationship that has concluded.”

Monitoring the “peace and stability industry”

By Laurie Bennett   |   September 25, 2007 at 6:31am   |   0 Comments

Members of the International Peace Operations Association will have plenty to talk about at their October summit in Washington.

The trade group with the Orwellian name is an association of private military contractors, including besieged Blackwater USA, which faces investigations abroad and at home.

The association was formed in 2001, and has grown rapidly with the increased use of private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan. Its mission is to “promote high operational and ethical standards of firms active in the peace and stability industry.” One of its stated aims is to combat the perception that its members are war profiteers.

Blackwater’s protective web

By Laurie Bennett   |   September 22, 2007 at 7:05am   |   0 Comments

Blackwater USA, the State Department’s largest private security contractor, is under siege on several fronts.

Iraq’s state minister for national security affairs announced today that the firm would face criminal charges for the fatal shootings of Iraqi citizens. Blackwater, based in Moyock, N.C., is also under investigation on the home front.

But a tight web of political and business connections helps shield the company from the most formidable of attacks.

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