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Mercenaries of The Millenium

Published on 13 May 2013, by M. Tomazy.
Blackwater, now known as Academy, is the world’s most powerful private army in the world. 

Operating out of a 7000 acre private base in East US, the company was sold by Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, for $200 million. 

The company was recently given minimal penalties for illegal acts carried out in Iraq a few years ago that resulted in the direct killing of civilians. The company executives and it’s founder have repeatedly claimed they were following orders directly from the CIA. 

During the trial, many other discrepancies were found in the company’s operations including illegal firearm purchases, illegal firearm modifications and illegal export of firearms. 

Below is a statement by Erik prince, made after judgement was completed recently after a 3 year trial. 

“Blackwater’s work with the CIA began when we provided specialized instructors and facilities that the Agency lacked. In the years that followed, the company became a virtual extension of the CIA because we were asked time and again to carry out dangerous missions, which the agency either could not or would not do in-house.”

“The CIA routinely used Blackwater in missions throughout the world,” one document reads. “These efforts were made under written and unwritten contracts and through informal requests. On many occasions the CIA paid Blackwater nothing for its assistance. Blackwater also employed CIA officers and agents, and provided cover to CIA agents and officers operating in covert and clandestine assignments. In many respects, Blackwater, or at least portions of Blackwater, was an extension of the CIA.”

- Erik Prince. Former Blackwater owner and founder

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