Blackwater’s Founder Is Under Investigation for Money Laundering, Ties to Chinese Intel, and Brokering Mercenary Services. ERIK PRINCE, founder of the now-defunct mercenary firm Blackwater and current chairman of Frontier Services Group, is under investigation by the U.S.
Department of Justice and other federal agencies for attempting to broker military services to foreign governments and possible money laundering, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the case. What began as an investigation into Prince’s attempts to sell defense services in Libya and other countries in Africa has widened to a probe of allegations that Prince received assistance from Chinese intelligence to set up an account for his Libya operations through the Bank of China.
The Justice Department, which declined to comment for this article, is also seeking to uncover the precise nature of Prince’s relationship with Chinese intelligence. Pentagon Contractors Developing Lethal Cyber Weapons. The Secret History of SEAL Team 6: Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines. MILITARY VIEWS About Dropping the Atomic Bomb. How I Was Drawn Into the Cult of David Petraeus. The Truths Behind 'Dr. Strangelove'
This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of Stanley Kubrick’s black comedy about nuclear weapons, “Dr.
Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.” Released on January 29, 1964, the film caused a good deal of controversy. Its plot suggested that a mentally deranged American general could order a nuclear attack on the Soviet Union, without consulting the President. One reviewer described the film as “dangerous … an evil thing about an evil thing.” Mapping United States Military Installations. The widening Petraeus scandal. The developing story of the Petraeus scandal can be framed as the mapping of a heretofore secret social network.
With every new day’s revelations, new links are added. (For those who are new to Muckety maps, any box with a + sign can be expanded by double-clicking.) Chris Rodda: Hey General Petraeus, How's That 'Spiritual Fitness' Stuff Working For You? CIA chief Petraeus steps down, having failed to keep his drone in his pants. Report: FBI began snooping Petraeus' email when Broadwell sent threats to another woman. The Washington Post reports that the investigation into CIA chief David Petraeus began "when a woman whom he was having an affair with sent threatening e-mails to another woman close to him," citing "three senior law enforcement officials with knowledge of the episode" as sources.
The Wall Street Journal reports the probe said the FBI began investigating after "a complaint from a woman in Florida" about Paula Broadwell, his biographer and lover. An interesting letter, which may or may not relate to Petraeus affair. Tax Dollars at War - Al Jazeera Frames. Cost of War to the United States.
Use whatever tag you need. A Note About Style. Lost to History: Missing War Records Complicate Benefit Claims by Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans. Top General Undone by Spa Treatments, Snickers, Broadway Show. Army Gen.
William “Kip” Ward, left, meets Uganda’s Director of Foreign Liaison, Lt. Col. Richard Karemire. Ward has lost two of his stars for financial impropriety. Photo: Flickr/U.S. Last year, the four-star Army general once in charge of all U.S. military operations in Africa was quietly reduced in rank for unexplained reasons. Windfalls of war: Pentagon's competition for contracts abysmal compared to other agencies.
In 2010, the Pentagon prepared to award Blackwater, now known as Xe Services, a $1 billion contract for Afghan police training under the Counter Narcoterrorism Technology Program Office.
The contract had nothing to do with counternarcotics or technology; the police were being trained in basic skills such as using weapons and riot control techniques. But by using the CNTPO contract, the Pentagon could avoid holding a new full and open competition. The Pentagon’s decision raised an immediate issue: DynCorp was the incumbent on the contract, which at the time was being handled by the State Department.
But the Pentagon, newly in charge of the police training, wanted to use CNTPO, an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract that allows the Defense Department to award work to five pre-qualified companies. Since DynCorp wasn’t among those five companies, it couldn’t even compete for the work it was already performing. Medal-of-honor-inflated-story. WASHINGTON — With Dakota Meyer standing at attention in his dress uniform, sweat glistening on his forehead under the television lights, President Barack Obama extolled the Marine sergeant for the “extraordinary actions” that had earned him the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor.
Obama told the audience in the White House East Room on Sept. 15 that Meyer had driven into the heart of a savage ambush in eastern Afghanistan against orders. White House, Pentagon won't probe Medal of Honor. WASHINGTON — The White House and the Pentagon said Thursday that they wouldn't investigate embellishments in the Marine Corps' account of the actions that led to Marine Sgt.
FOUO) Joint Chiefs of Staff Commander’s Handbook for Counter Threat Finance. This handbook provides an understanding of the processes and procedures being employed by joint force commanders (JFCs) and their staffs to plan, execute, and assess counter threat finance (CTF) activities and integrate them into their joint operation/campaign plans.
It provides fundamental principles, techniques, and considerations related to CTF that are being employed in the field and are evolving toward incorporation in joint doctrine.…(1) (U//FOUO) Identifying the key personnel associated with the threat financial function. What is their contact information; what are their duties and responsibilities; who do they report to; and what, if any, financial, political, tribal, religious and family ties do they have with the government of the HN and of the countries that surround the HN? What is the relationship between the adversary financial operators and the rest of the adversary organization? US Quietly Assumes Military Posture in Africa. Booz Allen, the World's Most Profitable Spy Organization. How this week's cover got madeIn 1940, a year before the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy began to think about what a war with Germany would look like.
The admirals worried in particular about the Kriegsmarine’s fleet of U-boats, which were preying on Allied shipping and proving impossible to find, much less sink. Stymied, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox turned to Booz, Fry, Allen & Hamilton, a consulting firm in Chicago whose best-known clients were Goodyear Tire & Rubber (GT) and Montgomery Ward. The firm had effectively invented management consulting, deploying whiz kids from top schools as analysts and acumen-for-hire to corporate clients. Working with the Navy’s own planners, Booz consultants developed a special sensor system that could track the U-boats’ brief-burst radio communications and helped design an attack strategy around it.
Staff-sgt-robert-bales-named-as. TACOMA, Wash. — U.S. military officials finally named the suspect in the massacre of 16 Afghan civilians as Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who was brought late Friday to the military detention facility in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., to face murder charges. Xe. Xe and Blackwater are former names of Academi, a private military contractor co-founded by former Navy Seal Erik Prince. Blackwater's abandoned logo Blackwater offered "tactical training," firing range and target systems, and security consulting under the company's subdivisions: Blackwater Training Center, Blackwater Target Systems, Blackwater Security Consulting and Blackwater Canine. According to its website, Blackwater provides "a spectrum of support to military, government agencies, law enforcement and civilian entities in training, targets and range operations as a solution provider.
" 'Gentlemen, We Shot a Judge' and Other Tales of Blackwater, DynCorp, and Triple Canopy's Rampage Through Iraq. Blackwater Founder in Deal to Sell Company. Marwan Naamani/Agence France-Presse — Getty ImagesBlackwater private security personnel patrol Baghdad from their helicopter in February 2005. Blackwater Founder Forms Secret Army for Arab State. Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret C.I.A. Raids. Panetta: Obama Can Unilaterally Use Military to Protect ‘National Interests’ Defense Secretary nominee, CIA Director Leon Panetta, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 9, 2011, before the Senate Armed Service Committee hearing on his nomination. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)) (CNSNews.com) - CIA Director Leon Panetta, who President Barack Obama has nominated to be secretary of Defense, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that he believes the president can unilaterally use military force, without congressional authorization to “protect our national interests.”
Panetta’s claim of broad unilateral presidential power to initiate U.S. military action absent an attack or imminent threat to the United States came in response to a question from Sen. How to Read Gates's Shift on the Wars. In Establishment Washington, Defense Secretary Robert Gates enjoys a charmed life based on a charming persona.
9/11 & the War on Terror. DRONES. Soldiers & veterans. Walrus_CambodiaBombing_OCT06. Air Force Pulls Christian-Themed Ethics Training for Nuclear Missile Officers After Publication of Truthout Report. Wired for War - Peter Singer. List of cyber-weapons developed by Pentagon to streamline computer warfare. Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media. The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda. Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators. The Pentagon Labyrinth: 10 Short Essays to Help You Through It. Eisenhower’s Military-Industrial Prophecy.