Stories tagged with Erik Prince
By Laurie Bennett | November 19, 2016 at 8:49am | 0
Betsy DeVos, former chair of the Michigan Republican Party and a vocal advocate of charter schools, reportedly is under consideration for education secretary.
By Laurie Bennett | March 21, 2016 at 1:34pm | 0
Donald Trump announced his foreign policy and national security advisers on Monday, revealing a Blackwater connection.
By Laurie Bennett | April 15, 2015 at 8:27am | 0
Four former Blackwater guards were sentenced this week to long prison terms for killing Iraqi citizens in 2007.
By Laurie Bennett | December 11, 2013 at 9:12am | 1
As if there isn’t enough dark money in the think tank funding stream, at least one organization is now accepting bitcoin.
By Laurie Bennett | December 17, 2010 at 10:42am | 0
Blackwater founder Erik Prince has sold his company to a group of California investors.
By Laurie Bennett | October 29, 2008 at 10:27am | 0
A conservative religious family in western Michigan, whose vast fortunes derive from auto parts and government security contracts, is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ban gay marriage in California.
By Laurie Bennett | November 16, 2007 at 8:54pm | 0
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.
By Laurie Bennett | October 17, 2007 at 7:02am | 0
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.
By Laurie Bennett | October 6, 2007 at 7:24am | 1
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.”
By Laurie Bennett | October 3, 2007 at 7:42am | 0
In an appearance before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, he expertly defended his company’s activities in Iraq, where about 1,000 Blackwater guards protect U.S. diplomats and other State Department employees. He described Blackwater as “a team of dedicated professionals” who “risk their lives to protect Americans in harm’s way overseas.”
Prince, a former Navy SEAL, founded Blackwater in 1997. In the early years of operation, the firm did limited business with the U.S. government. However, company fortunes shifted dramatically after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the onset of war in Iraq. By last year, federal contracts totalled $600 million, primarily from protection services provided to the State Department.
By Laurie Bennett | September 22, 2007 at 7:05am | 0
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.