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Erik Prince, the reclusive owner of the Blackwater empire, rarely gives public speeches and when he does he attempts to ban journalists from attending and forbids recording or videotaping of his remarks. On May 5, that is exactly what Prince is trying to do when he speaks at DeVos Fieldhouse as the keynote speaker for the "Tulip Time Festival" in his hometown of Holland, Michigan. He told the event's organizers no news reporting could be done on his speech and they consented to the ban.
The Colombians had entered the United Arab Emirates posing as construction workers. In fact, they were soldiers for a secret American-led mercenary army being built by Erik Prince, the billionaire founder of , with $529 million from the oil-soaked sheikdom.
<img class="alignright" style="margin: 10px;" src="http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/dangerroom/2011/05/Erik_prince_blackwater.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="603" /> Rule number one for all security companies doing business in the Middle East: don’t publicly embrace Erik Prince. A company building a battalion of mercs for the United Arab Emirates is sticking to that code, even though a host of ex-employees have fingered the infamous Blackwater founder as a driving force behind it. Prince is “ not an officer, director, shareholder, or even an employee ” of Reflex Responses, swears its president, Michael Roumi.
Stepping off the plane at Kabul’s international airport, Prince is treated as if he, too, were Al Jazeera–worthy.
Blackwater founder Erik Prince has requested that no media be allowed to provide news coverage of his speech during the Tulip Time luncheon Wednesday at Hope College DeVos fieldhouse. “To have a kickoff event closed to the media and essentially closed to public scrutiny is totally inconsistent with the spirit of what Tulip Time should be,” Holland City Councilman Jay Peters said. Tulip Time Executive Director Tamra Bouman said the decision to exclude media came from Prince. “We are respecting the requests of our keynote speaker to have no media or press present,” she said. “The Associated Press plans to have a story on what Erik Prince says in his speech at the Tulip Time event, whether we’re there or not. Our preference would be to have our own AP reporter in the room, hearing first-hand what he has to say, but we plan to have a story either way,” said Charles Hill, bureau chief for the AP in Michigan.
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