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"erik prince" Discussed on KGO 810
"The reasons because you mentioned yesterday in passing the pardons that President Trump has been issuing, and this was something that I've kind of had on my plate that I really wanted to talk about. But I've been gone so much over the holidays. I haven't had a chance to. So thanks for being back with us today, so that we can It's great to be with you. And yes, these parties are very troubled. Yeah, well, the one that troubles me the most are the were criminals. Those Blackwater mercenaries who Donald Trump Pardon? He seems to have some sort of affinity to war criminals. Um, talk with us a little bit about that. Can you imagine that The convoy of people from some other country went through San Francisco some downtown plaza and not only cleared it out, but then started shooting people and had a massacre that killed a dozen or 15 people. We'd be absolutely outraged. We would demand justice and if the people were being prosecuted in another country, we would demand that they followed through with their justice system. And if they properly convicted the people at the very least, that they'd be sentenced to some serious period of time. Incarceration. This was murder. This was manslaughter. This was a massacre. Well, you put the shoe on the other foot. That's exactly what happened. We had these Blackwater basically mercenaries they worked for Erik Prince Erik Prince is, of course, an early supporter of Trump. He's also the brother of the Department of Education Secretary de Voss. So this Blackwater outfit that he's making a fortune off of the has these mercenaries over there in Baghdad in downtown Iraq cleared, applause it down there and murdered over a dozen people Without provocation. They had a story. The story was disbelief by the American jury. They went through years of proceedings. They were all properly convicted in American courts. They had all the due process in the world, and they were serving their sentence for murder and manslaughter. The four of them and Trump just gave him a pardon. And of course, it's outrageous from a humanitarian point of view, and Iraq is furious at us. All these other Middle Eastern countries are furious saying, you know, basically, you know, Yankee go home. You come to our country. And you know, your mercenaries kill over a dozen people and their terrible stories. Pat their kids who were killed in it. There was, I think a medical student who was going off to class and they just ordinary people that were massacred by the trigger happy mercenaries who were convicted in American courts, and now they're out of jail. And they're free as a bird. You know, when Blackwater was operating in the war zones, there was some real concern that was that was expressed that came not only From those countries that they were operating in, but also from the United States, military and people within the government and other individuals, civil rights organizations because some of these entities because they were outside the United States, they were outside the jurisdiction of the United States law because they were not military personnel. They were not controlled by the Uniform Code of Military justice, the UCMJ A and because they were Americans who were operating at the behest of our government. They were outside the bounds of the law of Iraq. And so they virtually were lawless for and there were so many horrific incidents that they were involved in. This was the worst one. This was absolutely the worst one. They disobeyed orders from their superiors that they weren't supposed to leave the green zone. They went into this area. These people were unarmed, and you're exactly right. They just opened fire indiscriminately and massacred people, and that's what was presented. The defense that they presented was ridicule. That's where they said none of the eye. Witnesses were credible to this, that there was a real threat that was posed, and it was malarkey. Nobody believed that there was a real threat in the jury certainly did not believe it. What do you think was behind Donald Trump? Issuing a pardon to these people? Well, it's sort of an authoritarian posture. You know this idea that you know American exceptionalism. You know, on steroids that you know, because they're Americans. They can kill any foreigners with impunity. I mean, I know that sounds terrible. But if you look back at our history like 100 years ago, you look at some of the gunboat diplomacy. Like in Latin America, Um, that was sort of terrible American exceptionalism. You know, Americans can never be called to account and that lingers on Pat and the fact that we won't join any of these international organizations. You know, we keep saying that our Um, country shouldn't be subject to jurisdiction in like an international criminal court or anything like that. We're not responsible for any war crimes that happened. So part of it was that philosophy. Part of it was just pure cronyism. As I said, Prince is a multi millionaire who is a big friend of Trump's big supporter of Trump's gives him a lot of money. He's got this billionaire sister who's the Department of Education secretary. She's the one who goes around like bashing the public schools. No part of it is corrupt. Tony isn't part of its ideological and, you know, trump trying to sort of like Flynn. I mean, why he pardoned Flynn. I mean, what? What? What? What's in it for being behind Flynn? Well, I guess the same thing. I mean, Flynn was fired. Basically, that he went on this revenge thing against Help me Clinton, lock her up, lock her up, and he's a guy who gets pardoned after pleading guilty twice in federal court. Who was it wasn't it? Michael Flynn, who also recently was advocating for someone's execution. Was it Mike Pence? Um What letter was the one who was saying that they could declare martial law in this situation? Which there's no at all four and he was saying that you know, we've actually declared martial law many times in this country. Well, it was during the Civil War. We were in a civil war. That's what could declared martial law. Not because he lost that election. You know, Carter lost H W Bush laws. This is that our lifetime Nobody declared martial law. They actually had a Peaceful transition. That's the great thing about our American democracy, isn't it? So it's very inexplicable. But part of it is the showing of authoritarianism. Part of it is Trump showing I'm doing it because I can I have this extraordinary power in the Constitution to grant pardons. Now whether he could grant a true quid pro quo. Pardon..
Blackwater, Iraq and President Trump's Pardon
"Issued pardons and sentence commutations for 29 people today, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Charles Kushner, the father of the president's son in law. He's follows several pardons yesterday, including for military contractors working for the private security firm Blackwater, who had been convicted in the 27 killing of civilians during the Iraq war. Over many years of prosecution. The courts finally concluded that these four Blackwater guards had acted criminally one was sentenced to life in prison, the others to long terms. On. Keep in mind that Erik Prince, a good friend of the president, founded the Blackwater firm and it's believed that he's been lobbying on this. He is the brother of Betsy DeVos, who is the education secretary. Cipri CBS NEWS. The White House of
Russia worked to help Trump in 2016 election: Senate panel
"Million documents. Hundreds of witness interviews and the consensus from Democrats and Republicans in the Senate Intelligence Committee is that Russia aggressively tried to influence 2016 presidential campaign, and the Trump campaign was happy to accept Russian help, they said. So in 1000 page report this week, the committee also reportedly made criminal referrals to federal prosecutors believe in a number of people have lied or maid. Contradictory statements to investigators were going to turn now to Justin. Rude. He's a former congressional investigator now director of the project on Government Oversight. Thanks so much for being with us good to be with you. According to officials who spoke with the Times, The Washington Post NBC News the intelligence Committee Told the Department of Justice that Steve Bannon, Erik Prince Sam Clovis Alternate Associates appeared to have made false statements to the committee and that Donald Trump Jr and Jared Kushner had made statements that were contradicted by other testimony. How often does a congressional committee make a referral like that? But they're not common, but I would say they're not infrequent. It's hard to say for sure, because sometimes these pearls are made publicly. Sometimes they're made privately. These obviously we've made privately so it's hard to have AH, clear accounts, but it's not uncommon, especially at the end of a lengthy investigation like this one toe have examples of Witnesses say you feel may have not have been fully forthcoming on there's a matter almost house. You need to refer that to Department of justice and ask them to look look into a little further. Would you have any concern based on what we do know now that the Justice Department is ignoring Congress or slowing down the process? This is not a normal year. That is not a normal administration for sure make that difficult to see inside a black box of the situation like this. Certainly there are concerns from politicization of the Department of Justice. But I would also say that historically speaking when Congress makes with pearls to the Department of Justice for anything but particularly around obstruction, or or false statements, types of concerns If the figures of the subjects of those girls are connected to the administration administration officials regardless of whether they're Democratic Republican, the Department of Justice rarely takes those cases up frequently. These were for Those are much more successful if they target a private individual. Well, what a tradition. Why don't they traditionally picked them up old fashioned politics? It's hard to convince the Department of Justice to go after a member of their own administration on DH while I think false statements, serious charge, and certainly any federal investigator would tell you get in. I think there are people have gone to prison for lying to Congress, right? Oh, absolutely, and in recent history as well, So I think that we should probably point to that evidence as well. You got Michael Cohen, who pled guilty to a charge of lying to Congress. He had Roger Stone, who was convicted of making false statements now, But those were coming through the Mueller team. The special prosecutor's team and these referrals are going to the U. S Attorney's office here in D. C. Which I think has a little bit of a body a record. I think Congress just heard from members that office in June. I believe about interns around politicization there. In the cases of Michael Flynn and Excuse me and Roger Stone sentencing. So, so it's tough to read whether or not it's going to move forward. I would say that while the Department of Justice don't get these referrals from Congress from committees from members because it's just a letter anyone any member of Congress or the Mini can write one of these letters. I think they tend Give credence to these work world become, as this one does from the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is to say first that's being made on a bipartisan basis by the by the chair and vice chair of the committee is coming at the end of an extensive and detailed investigation. That's just one person's opinion. Kind of popping off. They you assume have AH, decent. Body of records to refer to and the third one is they didn't publicly They didn't try to politicize it so that I think a lot of watches gives credence in some real gravity. Well, thanks very much for being with us. Justin Road, directs the Congressional Oversight Initiative at the project on Government Oversight. We're very grateful for your time. Thank you, sir. For having me At
"erik prince" Discussed on WRIR.org 97.3FM
"For the daily beast who previously worked as a campaign editor at the hill N. as a clear columnist for The Washington city paper welcome to background briefing will sama Hey thanks for having me well thanks will end in this extraordinary story about Erik prince I am hiring British ex MI six offices to work with caves project veritest to spy on the American federation of teachers which appears to be done prince was doing at the behest of a sister education secretary Betsy the boss who is at war with the American federation of teachers and of course they also infiltrated the democratic candidates campaigns including the campaign of Abigail span burger former CIA officer who went on to win at the clippers C. M. important house seat in the Virginia so this you know this guy is is the official prince you know is not very bright he's got tons of money as and by the way nor is the sister of pretty obvious from the from her confirmation hearings but they've got tons of money and they often have transitioned right wing operatives so is this say in the murky world of opposition research this is a quantum leap in other words the idea of having mercenary intelligence operatives working now in infiltrating US domestic politics well you know I I think certainly you're also going to follow the law you know I I also I'm reluctant to say that most women do sometimes you know it Italy concert I I think it's usually given Crimson Tide the White House related experience will serve in a cabinet secretary out close to trump itself so you know I think it's concerning when you have a somewhat discreet highly you know spot is to define the president political opponents so it is said is what what's what's happening by the way with the the lawsuits against against them both prince and and particularly against project practice is there any way man the present himself who remember the Dajjal kinds of bullets in terms of losses and ignored subpoenas and stuff is it any progress being made in literally curbing the activities of project veritest deadline Erik prince well you know certainly you're proud you're talking and you can often currently facing lawsuits from Michigan teachers union but you know on the other hand pressed record on straight drinking more than ten billion dollars in the past year and so there could be seen before during a walk through the twenty twenty and I think whoever the democratic nominee all right you got it I think you can handle aware okay the staff at all as a Christian on the watch for potential people treat you but you have to keep well there is of course the fact that to them Erik prince lied to the house intelligence committee have a what went on in the Seychelles we met with Russians and the meeting was organized by this convicted them child molester and native again make you just look at that that that the kind of cactus these weird bottom fated to show up in Italy said trump machinations with the Russians and other six cetera so tell me what what what what's your sense of where that's heading I I'm I'm kind of surprised that so far they haven't nailed him Erik prince because he so clearly lied to the house yeah you know the cultural a laptop computer and later after charging with lying to the house you know it if you look pretty clear case on the other hand I think we know that our changing world I thought I I thought that probably you know if you if if product that can help has largely stepped up his body can handle it all for the Russia overall recognition we need proof and so you know I I I would be surprised follow your heart attention from some interference more good at the top the top of it harder for you know what sort of prosecution if you can't well will lead it the phone is getting worse so I am we're gonna call you right back in again I'm speaking with well summer a reporter covering tech and conservative media for the daily beast who previously worked as a campaign editor at the hill and as a political columnist for the Washington city paper and we're waiting to get will back in the hope that we'll get a better connection get a better connection this time to discuss this extraordinary story about Erik prince the brother Betsy to boss the full founder of the black Blackwater mercenary army which moved its changes name several times it moved to the Emirates where he'd been operating actually Erik prince offered his services to the department of defense at the time of that the general Mattis being the second advance eight they made a pitch that he can provide a mercenary army in Afghanistan said that the US could pull out which of course there the talk about pulling out but and I soon have they signed a deal with the Taliban and the Taliban stop shooting people and on the streets of Kabul so and we back with wealth yes I'm here good at so that so tell me though he you know I know the people that democracy partners who got infiltrated is there any minute are the Republicans better at you mentioned the ten million dollars funding for a project that is and trump the trump organization themselves trump won trump's front said Charlie France I think gave the money is there a a symmetry there between the trump people to dirty tricks and the Democrats and the Democrats victims here that I have the ability to well to retaliate or at least protect themselves from these infiltrators yeah you know it it I would say there certainly isn't a symmetry and there's really not a you know James o'keefe for the last you know doing infiltrate campaigns I I've been part of that is you know it it really can make him a tree in the in goal and partisan media outlets in that I I don't think there is like a fox news all of the left that would really they would have someone like him to keep and it should be about in the same way that fox news does you know and and and again I mean I think he campaigns are getting there where this stuff happening in an interview that are stopping it obviously Abigail stand Berger's campaign with it'll stop at and kicked out of this keep infiltrator but I'll be I I really across the board I mean you know gender disgruntled a lot of pain a company incorporated media company so inadequate if you want so I you know it's only going to watch out for well it is extraordinary that what we learned about how prince S. hi and this said British XMS six opposite Richard said and who I believe is married to it in the matter to somebody that's in the trump administration I think she's isn't she M. ambassador to Nigeria or or DCM in an in a chair yes I believe that's right said they got his cell he hi is this guy and he has a whole bunch of other Intel people to who we don't know who they are and they go up to Erik prince's ranch along with the project Justin James o'keefe and I I guess a bunch of his infiltrators and they land shooting assault rifles target practice one of the why yes you're part of this is that you know quickly get their training you know the men in the military style you know the the intercept reported on this ability your call and about one third of the total with the their trainer basically after a frustrating at that are you know Jim you could you please provide a quote will be for you for offense and couldn't be tracked well it is an amazing story I have to say and let's talk a little bit about what happened with the American federation of teachers is it I mean it seems so obvious that they are Randi Weingarten and and her her union are huge S. nemesis if you will for Betty the boss right she's just always attacking them and believes that there have biggest impediment that she you know rewards these crooked for profit investees and then rolls back into attempts to stop the fraud and to deal with efforts to protect these is these systems have been saddled with a lifetime of debt and a worthless diploma I mean what she's doing is just beyond belief had discussing it is but what's what what do they get from infiltrating the American federation of teachers office in Michigan which of course is a better devices state yeah no I don't give up that much but on the other hand you know they are very interesting you can sort of kind of problems and you know the one vehicle crash I think we've seen you know whether it's a campaign or or company that they're infiltrating Virginia you know it can take things out of context and intelligence to keep with that of the past I haven't included just it is very I mean it ebbs was obviously a connection here the about the author of this kind of beef with the with the teachers union if the hiring you know people infiltrated so you know I I think the development look at which people you know you are doing work for the defense firework is due to the server on but how do you prevent the weaponization of the first amendment by these crooks and funny said that a basically in a vigilante is trying to hide behind the tradition of migrating reporters I mean that's have he keeps a keeps keeps referred himself as a journalist Gina Rick and obviously there's a huge difference between being in a in a Roger stone's a journalist what are you talking about in a so how do you is there anything way that the legitimate press can isolate these people that basically a dirty tricksters posing as in a the ROIC investigative journalists you know I I I will but I think the president general how come more skeptical gene you keep keep everything so rush from your video I think the people are looking for the probe at it and see how accurate it is you could conceivably have been born in the past again Jackie and so I think it certainly should not sure which one that according to the system of the ballasted from trump everything up on my construction on the basis of their keep it turned up the volume on the tarp and so you know on the other hand I think often all of people trying to do really is sort of beauty in this right wing echo chamber and it's going to run the stuff no matter what I've been speaking with that will sama who is a reporter covering tech and can have the media for the daily beast he previously worked as a campaign editor at the hill and as a political columnist for the Washington city paper we can take a base station breaking would go to the United Kingdom to speak with David Hurst the editor of Middle East eye about this latest article at least twenty princes detained in the mass purge by Saudi crown prince please choose which is sales to see C. welcome back I me and masters in this background briefing available twenty four seven a background briefing dot org.
"erik prince" Discussed on The Candace Owens Show
"Is not theoretical for me anymore from doing black water and then taking a nagging problem that the international community was having a hard time solving and oddly enough it went away and that program it costs less than the pirates. were taking ransom every year and at the same time the Obama Administration you State Department. Obama did everything they could to block doc in the Fort and shutdown that program so it is a perfect example of the permanent state bureaucracy. That doesn't want any interlocutor. Her any challenge anything to the current state of our current state of stupidity. I always say the government looks when you've ever talked to people that think we need to expand in government. What they're talking about is just lining their own pockets right? I mean if I mean some of the people that we have as employees. I think that there's an employee that goes around knocking on doors to make sure Dad's ads don't live in the home because the mothers can get more welfare money. I mean and obviously you know I believe in a limited I have a limited government perspective and hearing what would why would the president. The United States want to stop that program knowing that it was going to eliminate a problem. I don't know that it was his level. But for Heaven's sakes all the permanent eurocrats in between the all they could to block it right and the guys that guys that actually went and did the job were called They threatened for being embargo embargoed having their bank accounts frozen for doing exactly what the UN asked was to build counter-piracy capability unbelievable. Yeah it was really sad. And you know. There was enough in that program that they could have gone south in Somalia and finished al-shabaab the terrible al-Qaeda's affiliate but the UN crushed it. So I I I'm I'm I'm we'll continually speak out on these issues because there's a lot of people there's hundreds of millions of people that are living it great suffering and terrorism terrorism and deprivation because of a permanent state of bureaucratic idiocy. That keeps them there. Right you're so passionate about security. It's the the underpinning that makes economic development possible. Think about it. What is the former former takes long term thinking right because you have to you have to dig big and plow and we'd clear field and get the rocks out of it planting the seed watering it? Hoping that eight months nine months later the crop comes up. That's long-term thinking you can't steal or or or Finagle your way to success long-term thinking you need to be secure enough to know that and I'm putting all this work in now. macropod is going to be secured. I'm GONNA build bring it to market instead it. The hundreds of millions of Africans that are suffering From a lack of security. Don't have that luxury of long term thinking right. That is exactly right so when this government got when this program got shuttered. What did you did you after that? You keep doing independent contract shove. No started. Investment Firm Frontier Resource Group back home. Yup came came back to Virginia but started a geoscience business right so we fly around and we do fly with a very high dollar other box in the back of an airplane in the detects small changes of gravity and magnetic field of the earth and it gives you a pretty good idea. What's under the surface of the Earth for oil and gas or minerals? We built a bauxite mine box. That is what she used to make aluminum What's it bauxite? Bauxite is essential element that mcnabb. Yeah and and did some things in copper and again you know whether you're an advocate ticket of green energy traditional energy. If you'RE GONNA move electricity you need copper because there's no substitute for copper wires that's correct. I know that that's actually one thing that I do now. So you did that and you do what. You're doing a ton of stuff. I kind of took the knowledge of how to operate in difficult places and implied that into the resource space. So there's not many places were afraid to go so what's next few Working on a A fund a bigger investment funds to do some of the strategic minerals. UNROLLS that you need to make electric vehicles Or more green energy right. There's a big shifts coming in electric vehicles. As much as I love a good four or five hundred horsepower car Electric vehicles are coming. You think so look. China makes half the world's electric vehicles. They are it is very much state policy policy. China can't compete with the likes of of the United States and the Europeans Japanese in internal combustion engines right judicial pistons so they've kind of gone all in on electric and so the demand curve that comes to that for all the things it takes for an electric motor for the batteries for the drive train. There's a big uptick in those minerals else coming and you have to go find those dig those in generally weird places to make that happen so question. I always ask all of my guesses. What drives you? You know. I had great thing. My Dad told me early on. is you'll never have satisfaction Like doing something on your own building a business and employing people and employing team and he's right. I mean the satisfaction I had of building and running black water in employing thousands of guys remember showing up on the first. It was a C.. Five it was the only time the air force provided any lift to us for our assets assets to get them into Iraq. And we're offloading little bird helicopters at two o'clock in the morning in Baghdad off a C.. Five and there was a bunch of vets Army the vets that had been in Mogadishu for Black Hawk down and he's standing there in his shirt goes. Thanks Mister P.. I never thought I do stuff again and I love. You've given people a chance to do that. Getting really high RPM people giving them a chance to be excellent what they do and seeing what results. Now you optimistic or pessimistic about the direction that America's going in you know. I'm giving a talk soon on the threats to American liberty and I. I don't believe it's it's not China. It's not Russia it's here and the expanse in the explosive growth of the super states and how we allow government to permeate our lives at the state local and federal level that that is the problem it is a far cry from what the founding fathers ever envisioned and And that is the greatest threat to American liberty. So I'm at this point I am not. I'm generally optimist things but I think things are going to get worse before they're going to get better right. Well I hate to say this but my husband was right words. I hate to say he was right. You're incredibly interesting character. I can't wait to follow and see where you go at this and I couldn't agree with you more about the threat that we face is one hundred percent internal at the moment the first threat that we face. We have every single episode by allowing our guests to live Delete a two minute video message to the world. So you're gonNA look into that the camera and you're just gonNA speak what's on your heart for two minutes if you wish that it had just become the thing the call to action for every single person in the world and I'll have you now. Every single versus the world watches the candidate show. Are you ready or they should or they shut on your mark. Get set world. I give you eric prints look look like I said. There's a lot of things at America's involved overseas that can be done on a much simpler smaller cheaper way. I love the United States military very it needs to come home and to clean up And to allow the private sector to work more closely with it to end these endless wars Again because my great fear is at all the technology all the capability that comes out of these endless wars and all the spending eventually gets comes home and it restricts our own liberty gate the surveillance state the all the counterterrorism policies ended up Applying here as well and so government expands at the cost incrementally of each Americans liberty and so we need to push out and take our liberty to restrain the growth of government ladies and gentlemen. Thank you so much for coming on and that was awesome. Thanks that's so much going on. Thank you guys for watching the latest episode of the candidate Owen Show. I hope you guys enjoyed the conversation as much as I did. 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"erik prince" Discussed on The Candace Owens Show
"Too long range sniper shots and so built it I I knew nothing about business. Nothing about land development and nothing about government contracting. What could go wrong and you kind of go back to the same same gene pool that you know? I ended up higher in some other seals that I worked with and and we figured it out and you know the name came from. It was a big track of old forestry land and you know when the rain would come through and hit this very organic soil called Pete just also very flammable flammable. By the time it made the dishes it was very black right literally. Our legs were getting died from this All the organic material in the water and so the name was born and the and the logo that bear paw came from the bears who we put in power poles ripping their claw marks in our power poles marking their turf had to give them credence in and just figured it out. And the you know the teams Special Forces units where first customers emerged and then after a terrible event like columbine high school right in the nineties remember the active shooters kind of the first big public active shooter disaster and there was dozens of police units that showed up and they surrounded the place and they tried to negotiate obviously the was a different paradigm and so we actually built a mockup of a high school. Are you ready high school when we train thousands of police officers to go in and solve the immediate threat at Blackwater facilities at the compound where it was the compound melt melt was in North Carolina. Northeast corner just south of Of Norfolk purchased it. I bought a whole bunch of land that had been logged and it was pretty ugly and ended up building small com compound which became the largest private weapons training facility in the world acres. It was just under seven thousand. It was nothing the thing was there. Nothing literally acted out of the earth flow so it was. It was very satisfying peak volume. We were shooting on one point. Three million rounds per month. Wow Yeah and safely so We had tens of thousands of of US military a law enforcement how countries and then at some civilians as well. So how do you go about selling that. You've got no experience. You've got this idea you write a letter to your wife appears the blueprint. Here's what I'm GonNa do you name. It Blackwater you purchase on this land. You build it up. How do you go about getting a government contract? What is the next step? The in that case the at that time the seal teams down to a unit level could use a credit card to say. Are we going to go to this place. And it's probably a fifteen or twenty thousand dollar purchase and so that's that's how that starts really our first government contract large one was after the USS Cole was blown up right. There was a US navy ship blown up by a suicide suicide boat in Yemen and the navy has gotten so bad and navy training that they weren't shooting live weapons anymore. They're shooting laser simulators because of safety and so the the sailors guarding the ship that day were largely holding unloaded weapons. They never fired. Before and so the navy came because they'd they'd optimized optimized to fight at one hundred miles out of one hundred meters and so we ended up training tens of thousands of sailors to defend and retake their ship from that kind of a threat. Wow so so if you know if you look up blackwater its origins and things online it gets messy. You know some people say Blackwater. This is bad this is not the way things should be and you have an interesting perspective on on those critiques. What is it you know in the the Vietnam War the antiwar left when after the troops and in the Iraq war this time they went after contractors tractors and Blackwater represented everything they love to hate? I was a heterosexual. Male will with children that owned a lot of guns and weapons training facility and sometimes our guys were armed and sometimes they had to use those weapons to defend themselves or the US government protectees and so it was perfect a perfect target for the frosting left to go after my absolutely any know. What's interesting is it's that Taylor's oldest time story of the government doing something in insufficiently and then a private industry coming and doing it better when I think I read somewhere that you said it was like USPS versus Fedex? Yeah that's what we intended to be. Look we're not there to replace the postal service. We just want to help them improve. Fedex did right and if you remove market forces from anything you get a monopolistic bloated disaster. That's exactly right I do you want to. If you're you're sick do you really want to go to the Veterans Administration or do you want to go to a private pay hospital private pay hospital. Any Day of the week is is school choice in public education and more effective or is the current state of public education and Big Sees America. I it's very very simple. So look we want it when we started off as a training facility we want to give the units that came an expense would if they went to a country club. We're not giving him luxury. But we're giving them punctuality right because we're training seal teams. Who are doing serious serious stuff in a very serious schedule and they're going to go to war and so they're amunitions new show up the day before the guys are GonNa show up the day before at eight o'clock in the morning they're gonNA show up with a we're going to give them a brief as the safety what they can do what they can't do in a radio that's done fifty minutes and they're on their way no? Bs the ranges ages are going to work. The time is at twelve o'clock. Don't be late because there's literally three shifts of of running through the Child Hall and we just give him a machine that works predictably early and reliably with no bureaucracy. And that's why they came and they came in droves. How many years were you with? Blackwater started in in ninety seven. I sold it in two ten. Wow when At that point the the left. It said we don't care what you do. We're GONNA ride you until you. We destroy you or put you in prison and so I finally sold it for about one tenth. What are they worth just two years before and and moved on never back down to the left? You should've backed down. You know what when you're spending two and a half million dollars. There's a month legal fees gets old I bet and look the the nature of how the US fights it's worse worse is certainly changed and I don't think anybody can look at how the US has done in Afghanistan or Iraq and said that's fantastic. We WanNa to replicate that because we've spent hundreds of billions of dollars wasted thousands of American lives and the health of tens of thousands of other veterans. And we haven't actually accomplished accomplished a whole lot and so taking a taking the most expensive military in the world which is very capable of doing conventional war but then turning earning that in trying to go after and fight dudes fighting and flip flops with a pickup truck it's a different paradigm in clearly has never made the turn and adapted to that right. I actually want to go back and talk a little bit about the left and how they were able to sort of get in front of this narrative in and caused a lot of health for you on the back end. Because here's what I've always been curious about you. Identify as Libertarian. The I'm conservative libertarian conservatism. I find it to be common. The common sense perspective and yet we see the LEP is able to have so much power when it comes into twisting the narrative and getting people to get up upset and basically argue for things that are going to ultimately harm them in this case. We're talking about the security of of America right. It should be top notch. It should be privatized if we know that the way that they're doing it isn't actually working in. It's not up to par. How were they able to be so effective effective in the face of common sense one of the things is that? There's a huge gap between the average American and all things foreign policy our military right. You have an all volunteer force now which is about one half of one percent of the population and there's another three or four percent that know that half percent leaving the other ninety five percent of America without a clue about anything to do with military operations counterterrorism where anything to do in foreign lands and so they're totally unqualified qualified to To judge or call BS and so you have longest war in American history and no one has called. Bs except accept me. I think on on trying to change the paradigm while you do it to rationalize it. People say they want to support the troops and love their veterans and they should demand a better It's the same with in talking about private education. You brought up school choice and I say half of the Hurler just making people educated about it. I mean they think that you you say the word school choice and it means that suddenly kids are not going to be able to go to school or they're going to have to pay for the kids to go to private school they don't understand the voucher program whatsoever. How do we fix that? How do we make sure people are educated about these things? Look I think Getting people educated as to to allowing market forces in price bryce. I'm an Austrian economics major from Hillsdale in the first thing the most important thing. That's that's removed from a socialist. Economy is the essential information that comes from price vice right. Price reflects scarce scarcity and demand but it also reflects exactly what something is worth someone and so people say -education private education when they realize how much the tax payers are spending for public education. And you said well I'll take half that amount and spended ended at this school over here down the street from with some teachers early care. It's a much better deal. So injecting people with choice actual market choices makes makes them. Immediate capitalists and immediate believers and they will defend it right and then and the other side of that by the way for those. That aren't aware your sister fights in the same regard Betsy Devos For school choice. which is a big issue for me because I think I mean just the way that black Americans that live in inner cities are just getting the bad end of the stick look? The public. Education System was founded America backed by Thomas Jefferson to give all kids from every walk of life rich poor of any color an equal shot at an education. Because if you really wanNA climb the ladder and education can never be taken from you but sadly the education system has become so bureaucratic and So defended by the permanent state that it is literally sequestering kids into a continuous loop of misery as that is is a great evil absolutely totally agree. So let's go back to you so you throw in the towel on having to do with all legal crap and I totally get that I really understand. And then what he did. I moved to Middle East because of piracy off the coast of Somalia. At that time it was two thousand in ten. Eleven twelve was Somali. Pirates for taking an average of eighty to ninety ships per per year ransom of two to five million dollars at that that point the UAE government want to do something about it. And I gave them some ideas about building a police force and how to do that. And this is at a time kind of comparing big government approach coach versus a smaller market approach at that time the US Navy European navies the UN were patrolling all over the ocean trying to find pirates rights and You know if you have a WASPA- problem in your yard you don't chase after the wasp spray. Can you find the nest. You deal with the nest. And it doesn't take a genius to find find the pirates flying along the coast of Somalia because they anchor a thousand foot ship about a mile off shore because they go out and grab that sucker out in the middle of the ocean. They take it back in the Anchorage Anchorage and they gotta wait to get paid. And they're waiting six months to a year. So if you build a police unit and you roll up on that little village and you deny them the logistic support. They have no sanctuary anymore into interrupts their logistics chain and the piracy goes away largely without firing a shot so that he may move there but some India's Outta do that that unit active in two thousand twelve and funny on here about Somali piracy. Honestly don't unless it's a movie it's amazing. The the the operation when the navy went to the Captain Phillips Right the the US captain that was rescued. That operation cost the taxpayers. Almost as much as our program did which actually ended all piracy so look it was a it was a passion project and it worked and it it.
"erik prince" Discussed on The Candace Owens Show
"Side. Good I'll all of the within direction rightly gentlemen. We are rolling into another episode of the candidates Owen Show and today I want talk about what drives people you guys know that I am especially interested in stories of motivation. Things that get people to start from nowhere to go somewhere in their lives and I am so excited to introduce you guys to my next guest. If you do not know him Eric Prince Walker the Kennesaw and show travel August Eric friends just so you know all of the screams on youtube. He is the founder of Blackwater the private military contractor and today he is the managing partner of Frontier Resource Group. Eric I have to be really honest with everybody watching. Why have people on certain shows my husband huge? Each fan demanded that we do this episode a Sap. There's actually a group chat there in and they think you're the coolest person the entire world because of your military cherry history so I want you to know that and be honest with everybody watching George all right so I want to start at the beginning and particularly why talked about a success story. Do you have a tremendously successful family. And today people tend to think that if you're successful is just the way it always was and that is not the truth your father other. I WANNA start there Tell me about your father. grew up in Holland Michigan. Obviously Very Dutch community in in West Michigan right along on the lake and his dad died when he was only thirteen during the great depression and so he was the oldest of his two other siblings and had a very stubborn stiff neck mother who wouldn't accept any help from the state or the community or the church. They're gonNA make it on their own and so. My Dad was pretty much working fulltime from thirteen on and he installed a hot water heater at age fourteen in their house and by sixteen. He was managing managing local car dealership and You know that he he worked. He played one sport in one season. his entire school career and and so he forbade me from working during the school year. So I play sports and pay attention to school. He came to every game and played three sports a year so he grew up working working hard he knew how to you know. I had some some success later in life and business. But that's a guy who in nineteen sixty five where he had three daughters remortgaged his house and car and everything else and started a business from scratch with six other employees which which became prince machine he may die cast machinery and then he started making automotive parts and that business is very very. Well you get in a car and you tip the tip the visor down. There's little mirror there with lights that go on. That was their patent at started in nineteen seventy five attack credible. Yeah and so. It's really incredible. The rule the wave of outsourcing of all those car parts. What's that you kind of take for granted but they have made somewhere so I have a controversial opinion and this is Kinda gets into my stance on welfare benefits and trying to give everybody everybody just helping them right? Are we actually helping that. Might have the perspective that you should maybe teach Amanda Fish as opposed to fishing for him and giving him fish for free and your father story is interesting because he started with his back against the wall right. So when you're back I think our instinct when your back is against the wall you will fight dry and if you take that away from somebody who say never mind. You don't have to fight. Here's a little bit you know. It's not really enough to live a bit on your sort of removing that human spirit and the human spirit is what is needed to become release accessible accessible. Look I want. My Dad's always told us was one of the greatest things you can do is give somebody a great job. Because they find personal and professional also satisfaction fulfillment by trading their time and their labor in their effort and to to advance their own. 'cause you know I have a contract manufacturing business today and in a very full economy now we constantly butt up against the welfare state because we'll hire somebody and they'll I'll say after ten days manufacturing's really not for me. I'M GONNA go back on unemployment or welfare and I think A safety net. There's one thing. But not a permanent stasis of multi generational People trapped in that cycle because it. I don't think anything great comes from from that. Mike can guarantee that I was telling you before we got started. Why I found that story of your father so inspiring? I come from a family of people multiple people that are on welfare. Currently they finally. I've used to be extremely controversial yet. They inspired them either. Able bodied individuals that turns the government for solutions. That can go out and get a job. And yet when it becomes uh-huh multi generational and all you know turning to the government to give handouts you actually don't know how to inspire yourself to get out of the current rocks that you are in it is a it is a permit. It's it's almost a prison. You place people in of that Rut and if you want it to be dependent on the government for your livelihood doesn't awful place to be it's hard. It's hard to find out it that's right. My Dad's told the story of probably employee number. Ten Gay was a was a guy who was didn't didn't have a lot of education a pretty simple guy and he was hired to be the floor sweeper of the factory and he came in and he got overwhelmed and he was going to quit. My Dad said No. It's all right. You can do it this way this way. And you'll make it and after thirty years in my dad's they had a a stock option programme for the employs choice and the guy retired as a millionaire. No way yeah started sweeping floors. You start sweeping floors. You charges a multimillionaire. Because that was that's the piece of of America of American capitalism that hard work and risk can create great value right and we great value by the way. You're being humble when you say. Oh my my father. Other found some success he did find some success and that company. How successful was that? You turn down the visor. Everybody watching every time you turn that visor down the lights come on you. Better think of Eric Prints in his family. Well it was originally designed the seventies for that big behind hairdo and which which was timely then and they made the the digital digital compass and digital thermometer in your car license that from NASA put it in a vehicle and then you know the guts of the car but my dad also also focused on giving back to the community and he He gave ten percent of all pretax profits to Jerry's and the employee has got to pick And whatever they gave to the company would match it or doublets and he I remember funeral One of his friends to said Ed and viewed wealth as a as a sore defied able and as a bomb to help the inflicted and he lived it. And I'm still sad he's gone. Oh my gosh well. Long live the legacy of ED prints. I think it lives on you and your career took a different path. So you are navy. Seal yes I love Navy Seals. Everybody Loves Navy Seals. I think everybody loves them even seals. How did you end up on? Family does fair. Enough Candice undersold has just been owned on her show. I will give you that and is exactly correct. How did you end up as a navy seal you know the other policy? My Dad had was that that the kids couldn't come and work in the family business. So you had to go do your own thing. I and it wasn't a hard decision for me because I had I frankly paid no attention to the business at all. I always wanted to be in the military and you know I remember in one thousand nine hundred seventy six. I had my seventh birthday in East Berlin and as a seven year old even seeing the guns and the dogs and the minefields barbed wire all facing in all literally keeping people held hostage Hostage held prisoner under a communist superstate from very early. I wanted to do some part of defending my country. And so I wound up in the seal team's although I went to the Naval Academy planning to be a pilot and I was a pilot in high school And and then along comes top gun and a lot of people had the same idea that they wanted to be a pilots as well. But I'll never forget my first year at the at at the academy and there is to seal officers liaisons there and that was the first ever heard of the seal teams and they gave their little presentation and they said if you want to come out and pt with us on exercise. Come out at five o'clock the next morning and they said all right today we're just GONNA run a mile get a partner. Put Him on your shoulders. And and I was hooked and and I ended up leaving the Naval Academy because I didn't like the school but I wanted to be a seal and so I I finished at a civilian. School went to Hillsdale and went back in end through officer candidate school. It was a fantastic program. I have a very high regard for the program because it's very very old school. It is there's I was just out there based on water demolitions field training. The the schoolhouse looks exactly the same way. It did thirty years ago. Okay I have to ask you. What is his navy? Seal training like especially the underwater stuff. I've heard so many rumors I know. There's some books but I I want to know 'cause I'm telling you I can't run a mile with you on the back. It is hard word. It's most people quit because of the cold and and being wet in sandy and cold. All the time tends to sap your your soul. GimMe a little something that I wanNA know. What are you doing the water? Just one thing. That's fine you know surf torture right in the first phase. It's all about do you really. You want to be part of the program because it's a voluntary program right and they make it very easy very desirable for you to quit. They make you miserable and so you know the the next event is going to be miserable when the doctor shows up day with a thermometer. Because we're going to take your body temperature down to you know hypothermia and so they line you up and they walk in the Surf Zone and you sit down the waves break on your head and your linked together and that's it so it makes you feel miserable as an individual but also teaches teamwork right because they encourage you to sing and to be defiant and to say okay Together screw you. You're not gonNA break us and it's it's a fantastic memory. It's a fantastic formation Asian and. I really hope they don't change. It's wow that is that is absolutely incredible. So what did you do see became a navy seal. I'm assuming you can't tell me divulge all of the you know what I was. I was on the East Coast and I plan to stay for ten to twelve years as officer. Those are kind of the best years to be a seal before you get stuck at a desk. Ask made a couple of deployments but then my my father died and my wife got cancer and we just had our the second child and so I got out of the Navy earlier than I planned to. Is this in the same year within a few months. Yeah so that was a shock and my mom asked me to come home. Woman can help sort out the family business because there was the largest employer in our town six thousand employees in a city of thirty thousand so it it was a lot of moving parts and so I got out and I really. It was actually wanted appointment. I wrote a letter to my wife and laid out the business plan for what became Blackwater quarter because seal team's in those kind of units have been using private facilities since the nineteen seventies. Right maybe have a karate Dojo or a small shooting school but no one had done it on industrial-scale and believe it or not is many ranges firing ranges as the military has. She'll teams didn't really have great access to them. In so blackwater order was built as a purpose built phenomenal experience to deal with every kind of threat from one meter away out to twelve hundred meters so from from knife fighting two vehicles..
"erik prince" Discussed on Mueller, She Wrote
"<hes> nature did not pass the message along to anyone. Although one World Chess Federation official recalled hearing from an attendee that trump himself it stopped by the tournament but Muller could not establish that trump or anyone from the campaign or transition team attended <hes> so why did muller bring it up probably because he knows somebody was there and he just didn't have of the evidence to say so. That's what I'm guessing otherwise why bring up the whole chest thing in the first place so neither told Miller that Dmitriev continued depress him to set up a meeting with transition officials and focused on Kush and junior and Dmitry of Said <hes> Artemisia said that the meeting would make history yeah sure sure has it's in the Miller report so all this makes you wonder about Eric Prints telling everyone that the Seychelles meeting with Dmitriev was just happenstance right think of all this that they went through to set this shit up up and they didn't even really talk about anything is what <hes> Eric Print said right so they just all happen to be there. Despite all of this setup Erik Prince's totally lying and I'm wondering why he hasn't been charged. There's another redacted sense here for grand jury material royal but was unable to set up any meetings with Dmitry of and the trump folks during that trip to New York but Dmitriev kept poking at Nader and in December <hes> he asked for a meeting in January or February and that evidence came from text messages from Dmitriev to nater according to footnotes and as we know Nader's phones were all confiscated because they eventually found porn on them child pornography and before we get to the Seychelles meetings since since then we have to remember that nature has recently been been arrested for those child pornography charges he he was charged under seal last year shortly after he gave all this information to muller and then skipped country <hes> and he was arrested the minute he set foot back in the United States. <hes> that's what's going on with George Nader. He is is another pedophile that trump this friends with all right onto page one fifty one about Eric Prince Dimitri of in the Seychelles Meeting <hes> that's the one prince said meant nothing yet muller dedicate six pages to it in his report totally happenstance means nothing and and if you've been listening to Muller Muller she wrote you know all about this meeting. We've talked about it at length so nature communicated with prince that Dmitriev wanted to meet with him and sent Prince Dimitrios bio analyst of Nice Things Dmitri upset about trump look really really likes to <hes> Prince opened the file so muller knows Prince opened the file and read them within an hour from trump <hes> within an hour from getting them and he was at trump tower when he opened them and told Muller <hes> he was at trump tower prince told molar where he was out trump tower that day meeting with Kellyanne Conway Wilbur Ross Steve Mnuchin and others while we need to meet with Bannon <hes> Muller says cell site evidence shows Prince remained at trump tower for about three hours that day but prince told Miller he did not recall whether or not he met with Bannon or or that they discussed Dmitriev..
"erik prince" Discussed on WJR 760
"Brother of a Los Angeles man who planned a big terrorist attack says he surprised his brother could be involved in such activities. And thought that the brothers conversion to Islam was going to be a good thing. I thought maybe my mother finally found some sort of guidance in this world, but James Domingo says his brother former army infantryman Mark Domingo arrested Friday by undercover agents needed a bit of guidance. But says he never thought his brother could be capable of terrorism. My heart says, he wouldn't but I'm a logical person. And I will say I will wait for evidence officials with a joint terrorism task force say Mark Domingo began planning his attack after the mosque bombings in New Zealand in March and was arrested after purchasing what he thought were bombs from undercover agents. Jim Roope, Los Angeles. The leader of the Islamic state appears for the first time in five years in a video Alabama Donnie acknowledged defeat in the group's stronghold in Syria, but vows along battle ahead. The house. Intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff plan is to send a criminal referral to the Justice department for the blackwater founder, Erik prince charging the prince willingly misled the intelligence panel when he testified before it in two thousand seventeen Princess testimony was about a meeting with a high ranking Russian official during the Trump transition blackwater was a security management and law enforcement and military training company. Eric prince is the brother of Betsy DeVos and his from west Michigan prince is a former navy seal a servicemember from the Detroit area died on Monday and northern Syria, and what's being called a non-combat shooting? The man identified as twenty eight year old private Michael Thomas Thomasson is from Lincoln park. President Trump is suing the Deutsche Bank in Capital One to block congressional subpoenas for his business records. Correspondent Christina Ricci says the federal lawsuit is an attempt to quash two house committees trying to get a hold of the Trump organization financial records. Go look for that. Information. So they subpoenaed his banks Georgia Bank and Capital One and Trump's attorneys turned around soon to banks trying to stop them from releasing those records would Joe Biden make America make America moral again, make America return to the essence of who we are the dignity of a country the dignity and people treating people with dignity, and this God awful deliberate division is being taken in order to separating people to aggrandize own power about President Trump Biden had a big CNN poll a boost after he announced his candidacy for president Biden is favourite. According to CNN survey by thirty nine percent of likely democratic voters way ahead of anybody else. First responders rescued a baby boy who was born in a Toyota to a thirteen year old girl on Detroit's east side, the baby was unresponsive when the first responders arrived, but they revived. The baby the mother they say was probably unaware that. She was pregnant thirteen years old the baby is expected to be okay. Attorney Todd flood removed as the chief prosecutor and the Flint water cases, attorney general Dana Nessel wanted flood out GM had a net profit of two point one billion dollars in the first quarter that beat the Wall Street estimate services are set for judge Damon. Keith the visitation will be at the Charles right museum on Saturday may eleventh. The funeral will be held the following Monday may thirteenth at the Hartford memorial Baptist church. Those balloons at your graduation parties this spring, a number of states want to take the air out of the party as many as six states are thinking about bills to ban the release of large numbers of helium balloons into the air. They cite environmental concerns and threats to wildlife. JR news, the.
Schiff says House to make criminal referral on Erik Prince
"The house. Intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff plan is to send a criminal referral to the Justice department for the blackwater founder, Erik prince charging the prince willingly misled the intelligence panel when he testified before it in two thousand seventeen Princess testimony was about a meeting with a high ranking Russian official during the Trump transition blackwater was a security management and law enforcement and military training company. Eric prince is the brother of Betsy DeVos and his from west Michigan prince is a former navy
"erik prince" Discussed on SOFREP Radio
"Now, that's I think what that doctor was arrested for they were trying to get DNA samples from that house. And they they were going to send him in on the supposed- vaccination campaign, and he gets arrested, and then they found a different way to prove that was bin Laden. And of course, you had the overhead of bin Laden walking at night, and you could you could major him. From the overhead that he was what six four something like that. Yeah. And then you start putting it all together. And then you, you know, then the second piece was take care of the Pakistani air force. And then the interesting addendum to all. Of course, is that Dewey Claridge had all those private Intel networks that he was running along the Pakistani border, and how did that play in or not play in starts to get confusing. Yeah. I think that's that's just you know, they don't. You're not gonna get Jay sock to move on speculative intelligence. So Obama sit oh, you know, fifty percent chances there. I just don't think you ever do that. So you think military would they they just say flat out. No, you think Jay sock. Got is on before we sent the door. Yeah. They had some proof whatever that was the NA or something before they went in because the last thing Jay sock needs to do is rate an empty house that high profile. Yeah. Especially if you get a couple helicopter shot down operators killed and it turns out to be a dry hole. Yeah. It's just just wreck the, you know, reputation Jay sock and the military and the White House. That's my armchair view, the whole thing. It's one of those things that's like almost contemporary history. But it's like already lost a history because it's been so muddled. Yeah. Like, I said, I've seen people sense and said, you know, what what I've asked people in the white has what is the range of Black Hawk. You know, I don't know. I said well it couldn't fly all the way from Afghanistan. Audubon, I know that much that without refueling. And then I asked these questions they have no answers for them. So, you know. They tell them absolute wrong that there's it occurred as described by the White House afterwards. I don't believe that. I still find that hard to believe. I don't believe it. Yeah. Nobody in the military beliefs. It thinks about this. Well, this has been a fascinating conversation. I think we covered a lot of ground. I really appreciate you almost a full hour with us. I don't know really what to promote from the great Robert bear. Because as I said the perfect kill twenty one laws of assess for four assassins is the last book the put out, but anything else that you wanna get out there that you're working on or where people could find you. If anywhere. You know, I I do stuff for CNN comment on, sir. Kyle like doing because commenting on the obvious that those guys in Sri Lanka. Somebody taught him how to make those bombs. Yes. They didn't just get on the internet figure that out make nine of them. Go off nearly simultaneously. Absolutely. That that's a bridge too far. I know a long time ago, Bob, but like I said, I read your memoir years ago before before I joined the military. So is like probably when did it come out two thousand two thousand one it came out into came out after nine eleven came to two thousand to two thousand two. Okay. So I must have read it when I when I was just joining, but what's the name of it? So people can go find it it seen evil seeing you made into the movie Siri on with. Could movie too. But yeah, it's a, you know, Bob's memoirs definitely worth giving a re there's some hair raising stories in there. Yeah. What's I got at it? Yeah. See I hates the book. I guess that's an accomplishment. Right comes with the territory. Yeah. While we appreciate it. Thanks for going along with us. All right. Thanks. Thank you. Bob beco. Great interview with Bob Baer there. I mean to me that's a wish guest and really appreciate having them on ABI short. Check.
"erik prince" Discussed on SOFREP Radio
"I just, but I'm not, you know, this is not my specialty is all I know if I were in the White House, and I were gates I would call it the Pakistani chief of state. Defense Secretary and chief staff a, hey. But let's don't let this become a problem. Yeah. Yeah. Like, we're going to do this. We can destroy your entire fleet of fighter aircraft tonight or not that's kind of up to you. You know? Yeah. I mean, that's the only sensible thing. I just don't know how that message was passed. Yeah. I mean, it definitely seemed like some sort of a sure was mad. Yeah. I mean, you know, I have to talk to somebody about the refueling those Blackhawks 'cause they they could either would would've had to do it with a far. Yes. In like five hundred guys in the tribal areas, which is not possible with Pakistani. They would ahead to do it from the air. And there's a lot of slow moving aircraft flying over a country that wouldn't be picked up by the air force. But I'm passing that on hand. What people that do this for living? Tell me or. So, but I forget you guys. Yeah. No. I don't I don't know if those aircraft even had were the refueling pods for mid air refueling. Yeah. I don't know that either and they came out. So they had the staging ground in Afghanistan. Far can be thrown up fairly quickly. You just throw some aircraft. Fly some helicopters into a area where there's not too many people offload fuel bladders and have a couple Joe's standing by rate a few aircraft when they land. But I that's just speculative on my part, well knit tribal area. I wouldn't want to go down less than five hundred Rangers. You know? You know, here's sleep. Crazy up there. That's where it would have been you'd have to look at the map. You certainly wouldn't want do clandestinely. She not you're not gonna do that in the tribal areas. The other thing that I've written about a little bit in the past. What do you make of this whole story that came out of the White House that we buried shake bin Laden at sea? Oh, I think that's there's there's. You know? Well, the problem is that the White House live from from the first moment about that. So it's hard to tell what's true. And what's not? The about that. There was a gun fight with bin Laden and the rest of you for that. But. I think somebody's smart would have said, let's get rid of. Let's get rid of the body. So it doesn't become an issue. And throw them out. I think that's probably the most likely the her Charlotte ical is what really caused problems for this whole story because he made mistakes and easy to focus on the mistakes. I agree. And and then just take the whole story and push it into conspiracy land. Yeah. And that's the best way to kill one of these stories. Like the phone. Call from gates the Pakistani chief of staff if it in fact Kirk. 'cause who's no one's gonna touch that story now because it got it got trashed so much. Yeah. There were aspects of that story like he made the claim that the seal team six operators hacked up bin Laden's body and through pieces of the helicopter. I mean, I I don't believe that happened for a moment. But then there are other aspects of it like that there was a walk into the embassy in his Lama bad that coughed up bin Laden's location. That actually seems like it's fairly plausible. Well, you know, what these guys don't won't move in less. They got green eyes on you. Simply don't get some CIA analyst and zero dark dirty thing. You know, we all this Currier here. And we think he's here, and blah, blah, blah, come on. They just the military will not act going into a hostile country Pakistan is hostile on that kind of televisions. So some someone mcraven gonna say no will go in. If we know he's there, and and I think the walk in started this whole thing, and I've I've heard his name he's relocated here in the United States. And he started the whole thing then it was a matter of Sembwang the proof..
"erik prince" Discussed on SOFREP Radio
"So there was some message went to Pakistan. I'm pretty sure thing we can do this the hard way or the easy way. Because how do you jam the radar this llama Bod international airport with all that shit? There. You can't I mean and not have the Pakistani airforce scramble in if they scrambled. That's last thing you need or. When there was some when the military was waved off in his Lama Bod because. The locals call the police when they saw the helicopter crash and burn as you would as anybody would police also don't worry about it. We know what's going on the military told us, and so I've had people in the White House that were there at the time. I've had people State Department working for Kerry at the time if told me that flat out. That that is the came as a total surprise the Pakistanis. I just I don't understand how you know. Twenty four seals got ahead of the pack like that they never have. In any operation in those fighter jets stayed on the ground that night. Yeah. And they and they and what would you do if? The Pakistanis were totally surprised. There was a patrol out that night, you know, at a body. I mean, if there's some guy's pulling out pulling out a base and exercise, and, you know, live ammo, and they saw this going on. I don't know..
"erik prince" Discussed on SOFREP Radio
"It's also morale really acting CIA go she ate at. Yeah. He was a Mike Morell he was acting director. And then he got out and he helped go she ate the deal with dying core in Saudi Arabia to provide the services for the Royal court for, you know, spec ops and things like that. And all the ripple the revolving door never gone away. And all these people when they come out have, you know, experience and knowledge that are very useful foreign countries, but once you give them that knowledge you can't account for what they do with it. That was the conversation. I had with a number of people after the the various American special operations veterans, including Dale Comstock that whole story when they were working in Aden under the auspices of the Muratti military that the UAE's really desperate for capabilities. They want the capabilities of J sock of the Central Intelligence Agency. But they don't necessarily have the maturity to know what to do with those capabilities. Well, it's a one man rule air. That's the problem. It's like Saudi Arabia and both leaders defacto leaders. Are you know, they're they're playing around with international law violating more like. But it's. And you know, it's it's with this president doesn't seem to care that Saudi Arabia. The crown prince chopped up a Washington Post columnist. I mean, just you know, it's sort of like Russia. We've just all moved on. That's the new rules. And if you wanna if you wanna you know. They're just d'arno more rules anymore. That's what I'm trying to say. It's interesting that I mean, former American officials whether military from the intelligence community going over there. I mean, I know that if I were to go overseas and provide military training to certain countries and certain people that would be a violation of tars, which doesn't doesn't just cover arms trafficking. It also covers military training. I wonder I mean, we haven't really seen anyone prosecuted though. I don't think we will leave. They're like those guys in Haiti I knew one of them they go. They're hired by the president in what could be considered a lethal operation because they were carrying weapons in Port-au-Prince, and they they were gonna take livery some money and transport it out of the country as it turned out. It was legal. It wasn't the president's money. Now, they think that working for a sovereign state. But in fact, it was more complicated than that. And those guys none of them. Is there's been no dight months against them. So are the guys in the Emon. I mean, you can go there and carry out lethal operations and partner Justice is going to be low to prosecute you who who were they working for if not for the Haitian government, you're saying it was more a privately it was a private embezzlement scheme. We sound like the president was embezzling this fuel fund in carrying the cash out. I mean, Haiti is not exactly, you know, you know, Switzerland. So that's you know, they were stopped by a guard who called up whoever's directly in charge of the fund and stopped it, and they all got arrested in the State Department work get him out of Haiti, and they did it's an ambiguous situation because the country like, hey, you don't really know who's in charge. And if you being hired for an operation like this, even though you think you're you reporting to us out. Auburn authority. In fact, you're not I mean a lot of parts of the world. It's it's unclear who's really in charge of these countries, whether it Saudi Arabia or a lot of countries in South America, you know, as the disintegration of law generally around the world, it becomes very complicated. Young. And I mean, even with, you know, the guys in Yemen, they put themselves under the auspices or Sikanda to the Muratti military, and they think they're covered then under under the law. But really, you're not. I mean that that could be construed as mercenary activity could be construed as a number of things. And you get hauled in for war crimes. Yes. Investigation out of the Hake. Any number of things 'cause you're alternately acting as a mercenary..
"erik prince" Discussed on SOFREP Radio
"You gotta say crazy shit. Yeah. You're not going to stand out being the moderate, and he's like they can win this election. If they could just not sound crazy, and and they can't help. Yeah. Yeah. And so the way is example of of this. And this sounds almost like crazy fake news stuff, but you can go out there. This actually happening. They asked Bernie Sanders about voting rights felons, which is something. He's been advocate for and they asked him, you know, all felons. This include rapists, and does include someone is horrific as through of the Boston marathon bomber. And he believes that. Yes. He should have his right devoted, you know, re-instill. And then, you know, a candidate who's looked at his less radical than Bernie Sanders. I would say camera Harris she did a town hall. I believe it was with Don lemon and asked her about, you know, he said that Bernie Sanders has recently said that we need to re-instill voting rights for felons including people's radical as the Boston marathon bomber. And she started saying I've been federal prosecutor and I've worked hard on this issue. And I do believe like those among us, you know, in these situations should be able to write devoted a certain point. When they you know paid their dues to society. You know, Don Wildman said, but does this include someone has radical as as the Boston marathon? And she said it's something we need to. I mean, if they've paid their dues to society and have been released from prison. I mean, I can see the I see that to process, but he he flattered Astra even the Boston marathon bomber. And she said, yeah, we need to discuss this and. Tim mcveigh? Should he be able to vote? You know, if he was alive. Yeah. But but here's here's what I don't get. And why they're tackling this issue and makes no sense to me because essentially a an election is popularity contest. And you're supposed to whether on the right of the left. You're supposed to champion issues that America could get behind and kinda hide those more radical views, unless you know, in the primary the running to the left to get that democrat base. But I could tell you I hang out with plenty of New York, progressives, they will able themselves and all different types of people. I don't know anyone who's champing. Honestly for the Boston marathon bomber to have the right to vote never met. Anyone who said that? This is what we all. That woke Twitter subculture is just that like those people would advocate for that. I don't know if I mean like BK said when he came on here he's like man half of them. Don't even believe that shit themselves. They just say because they're trying to get little hearts. They're getting that little like adrenaline. Hi off of it. It's crazy, man. But I actually do think camel Harris is a serious is a serious. What's the candidate by train of thought? It's for president. Why is she saying that why this is not gonna win you votes? I don't I don't get why she would agree with the statement like that they all want to one up each other. And you know, it's gonna right. It's going to turn into like like who go Shevess. And like if you vote for me, you will get free milk eggs, like all kinds of shit. Yeah. It's just going to get more and more goofy as as time goes on. So I was gonna say personally, I really do think for a statement like that to both of them throw punch the week Falk them. I don't know anybody wants to see someone who took the lives of innocent people just trying to run a marathon. And somehow that purse given the right to vote, you're you're absolutely right in like, this is not pragmatic politics. Like they are not thinking about what they need to do to. Get the votes to win the election. They're thinking about like, oh, this is going to get, you know, this is the next Twitter hashtag, it's like, no. That's not how you win election. Brow?.
"erik prince" Discussed on Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan
"It. So let's dig a little deeper on today's show. I'll be speaking to congressman Joaquin Castro of the house intelligence committee about what happens now with prince and about his own headline grabbing Bill that this week aims to put a stop to President Trump's ludicrous national emergency remember that. But I I'm joined by journalist who's been following documenting exposing Erik prince's misdeeds for more than a decade now and literally wrote the book on blackwater. Yes. My intercept colleague host of the intercepted podcast, Jeremy scale. Jeremy thanks for joining meal. Deconstructed great to have you on the show. Finally. Thank you Medea. And boy did you put on a clinic there in the UK with prince, what do you make of Erik prince's response in his interview with me to that very simple question. I would argue about why he didn't tell the house intelligence committee about that secret meeting in Trump Tower, first of all Eric print seldom has been subjected to the kind of real journalistic scrutiny face to face that you unleashed on him. So I congratulate you for that this is an incredibly slippery character who has repeatedly attempted to gray mail, the US government by basically saying if you come after me, I'm going to tell the public or prosecutors where the bodies are buried in these various wars where you've contracting meet at work for the CIA or the State Department or the Pentagon, but one side bar of interesting kind of palace intrigue here. Medi is that Don jR, I understand from sources thing. Eric prince is like a mixture of Rambo Jason Bourne and Oliver North and that that it's sort of ups. They're cool. Cool kid credibility to be around. Eric prince so part of what was happening is that you have Eric prints comes from the very wealthy family early on. They decide that Trump is going to be there, man. They start pouring hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, Eric prints, and this story doesn't get talked about enough has been a longtime backer of vice President Mike Pence. I don't know that Donald Trump new Eric prince before the two thousand sixteen election cycle or a he knew him. Well, Mike Pence certainly does. And the fact that this meeting that you're questioning Eric prince about was centered around Iran policy, and we know that Mike Pence and now John Bolton is in power and Mike Pompeo, these guys ultimately want war with Iran, and Eric prince was a guy who could help them in a kind of off the books way put some things in motion before Trump even took power. Power. So that they could move forward with a very hawkish aggressive plan on Iran. And what was amazing to me about your interview? Medi is that Eric prince refused to say that he has any aspiration to do anything regarding Iran, his entire career indicates that he is viewed Iran as a regime that must be brought down by any means necessary covert and over so at best he was obvious skating with you. But the more likely he was just lying to your face because he thinks he's above the law. So amazing is that he volunteered to me that the meeting was about quote, Iran policy, as if that somehow makes it less suspicious less controversial as you say, here's a guy with a hawkish Recode on Iran, founder of a mercenary company in a secret meeting in Trump Tower with the Republican presidential candidates idiots on Don, jR, his white nationalist adviser, Stephen minute, neither of whom a foreign policy expert, and then joined by a Representative for the moralities and the Saudis and these Radiohead head of a social media company. I was. On MSNBC on Sunday Turkey about all this and the host. I'm dean asked me if I was surprised with his own to my question about the Trump telling me about you, the transcript nonsense, and I kinda was surprised because he had eighteen months to come up with a good excuse for why he didn't tell congress about the secret meeting with Don jR. And and he went with the ludicrous. Maybe they got the transcript wrong. What is that? Jeremy is that our against is that ignorance what is that? Well, I think what prince also was alluding to there is this this notion that Eric prince believes that the reason that the Washington Post got that story on his meeting with the Seychelles bacterial Dmitrov in in Seychelles is because his telephone was being illicitly illegally tapped by some entity of US intelligence under Obama. And so if you look carefully at that transcript prince keeps saying I'll tell you about this in private, I have former CIA people that have told me that I was improperly unmasked, he truly views. Self as this misunderstood hybrid of captain America, Indiana Jones tied in with a with a little spice of Oliver North. He really views himself in that way. And when you questioned him about his calling of Iraqis barbarians at the gate that was just the tip of the iceberg in the clear Islam phobic hatred violent hatred that has fueled Erik prince's time at the helm of blackwater and as a mercenary kingpin, it's been hatred of Muslims. Let's play that clip. You yourself referred to the people in Iraq has Bob Burian crawled out of the suet. You say new memel? These were the chanting. Bob, Burian American troops have been sent to liberate. Sure, if you people that think, it's okay to drive a car bomb into the middle of a square into the middle of the marketplace while to attempt to kill an American in in doing so they kill dozens and dozens of civilians. Absolutely. That's barbaric, which. Is true. I think if you've heard to charity called the motive you want, but you said these were the chanting barbarians American troops are being sent to liberate you wouldn't send to liberate terrorists. It sounds like you're talking about Iraqis. Sir. Look was from your member the decision the decision of Iraq. Jeremy you, of course, with a guy who first exposed the leaked audio of him referring to Iraqis as barbarians before he owned it himself in his own memoir. Ginger hockey's, Betty he was talking about. People in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan as barbarians who crawled out of the sewer. That's true. And then in his book, he refers to Iraqis which I used in that clip. And here's what's interesting. No one has ever called him out on this. That's why I felt I had to us the question he goes on MSNBC, the BBC CNN, whatever no one points out that this is a guy as you say would just kind of rabid views of non white people in the Middle East who he wants to go apparently, save, right? And also in that speech. He Eric prince said that Iran is quote at the absolute dead center of badness, and it's been clear that this has been part of Erik prince's agenda for a very long time that Iran is the real target, and we need to take that regime down. And yet now wants to do it all again in Afghanistan. That's the reason he's back in the news people keeps empty why? Did he agree to come on your show? And I don't know. But I suspect it was to do with this new plan that he's hoping to try and privatize the war in Afghanistan with the Trump administration and he's trying to get publicity for that. And he came on the show to talk about it. But it's so bizarre. As you say this guy with this record in Iraq enough ghanistan with these views now thinks he's the guy to end the war in Afghanistan with mercenaries, right? And he likes to draw up the imagery of the Soviet experience and Afghanistan and saying that the United States doesn't want to replicate that and that the Afghan people don't so our solution is of the most elegant Erik prince's very fond of saying that the military is run like the US post office and blackwater is run like FedEx that if you really wanna package to get somewhere. Are you going to send it through the post office, actually parenthetically many? I would send it through the post office or do you want to send it FedEx? So that's that's is offering. But I'll I'll I'll I'll share with you a little bit of the weeds here on this issue. I have a theory. I can't prove this. But I have a theory based on talking to people close to Eric prints, and some people within the Trump administration that part of what Erik prince's doing is using the public facade of I want to help solve the war in Afghanistan with private forces to justify meetings. With the Trump administration about other things like his offering of a privatized security force. Eric prince has a track record of using one form of his business such as providing diplomatic security to facilitate the secretive never to be made public operations that blackwater is running for the or potentially for the Trump organization itself. And I'm not saying the Trump administration. I'm saying we should be asking serious questions about what kind of arrangements. Eric prince made with Donald Trump junior. I question especially with Joel Zamel was not meet who runs this silence from that the New Yorker recently exposed for having spying on academe IX and students on US campuses using Israeli intelligence people. Yeah, there's a very shady dog area. We'll pay attention to be covered pay attention to to the intercepts forthcoming reporting on some of this many because he I I think we're going to get a fuller picture not just of Erik prince's views of foreign wars, but his views on how domestic. Political opponents of the president should be handled and how he may be able to help with that. And that's all I want to say about that. Jeremy just finally teasing. Eric prince demand who's been accused of war crimes of sanctions-busting of illegal arms sales to think he might actually go to prison for perjury of all things, I think given the the makeup politically of the congress right now that it's possible that Adam Schiff, and the intelligence committee are going to really go to town on trying to secure a perjury prosecution of Eric prince, I wouldn't be surprised if there are people within the Justice department who have been following her prince's career for a very long time who are aiming much higher than perjury. The question is how strong our Erik prince's ties to the CIA and other US intelligence, and is he going to expose things. They don't want out if the government goes after him, it's a legitimate question. It's the same kind of questions people asked about alka Ponant, mafia kingpins, what are the costs of prosecuting this individual? If prince goes. Down for perjury yet. It's like Al Capone, but I wouldn't rule out. Eric prince being one of the people that takes the big hit from the criminal Trump era. He could end up being a kind of scapegoat in a way to say a lot of this was Eric prints. But I also I think that that we have to keep our eyes on the prize. Erik prince's a guy who has operated forces that have committed war crimes he has engaged in all sorts of questionable dealings with the Chinese government with Chinese intelligence there are investigations into money laundering, the crimes are vast. And I think it would be a step forward to get him in any way, you can into the crosshairs of prosecutors. But it's important. We not lose sight of the of the biggest crimes that is responsible for which is the one ton slaughtering of people that are in Iraq Afghanistan. Elsewhere, Jeremy thanks so much for joining meal. Deconstructed? Thank you many. I mean, you always teach the PHD course in how to question the powerful. And I stand in on admirations of you. Appreciate it. My friend.
"erik prince" Discussed on Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan
"Don't you think that's something important to disclose to house tenants committee while you're under oath? He did you didn't we've just went through the testimony. There's no mention of the Trump Tammy Tino gets twenty sixteen. I don't know if they got the transcript from. Welcome to deconstructed Maddie Hudson. This week the founder and former boss of the private security firm blackwater the controversial super mercenary and hardcore Trump supporter, Eric prints was back in the news. After a rather lively interview that I did with him for my aljazeera English TV show. He could now be in a lot of trouble as my guest today. Congressman Joaquin Castro explains. Eric prince like at least a few other witnesses. I think were not fully honest with the house intelligence committee, and perhaps other committees in the congress after I saw your interview, I do have to wonder what the legal consequences could be very prints might intercept colleague, Jeremy scale also joins me on deconstructed to unpack apprentice ties to the Trump administration and to explain to us why all of this matters so much Erik prince's a guy who has operated forces that have committed war crimes, and I think it would be a step forward to get him in any way, you can into the crosshairs of prosecutors. So on today's show, Eric. Prince poetry and the secret Trump Tower meeting. In a stunning back and forth between former blackwater CEO, Eric prince and aljazeera host Maddie Hasson prince was confronted about why he failed to tell congress that he was at that meeting. Apparently prince didn't tell the house Intel committee about that meeting in Trump Tower during the campaign, if Eric prints lied to the intelligence committee about whether or not he was at a Trump Tower meeting discussing Iran policy, could he be in some legal jeopardy. Absolutely. It's been a bit of a crazy few days for me. I did an interview with Eric prince founder and full Maceo of the world's most notorious mercenary company blackwater brother of education secretary, Betsy DeVos and big Trump Donut. He spent something like a quarter of a million dollars helping getting Trump elected in two thousand sixteen. It's an interview which has since landed print in some hot water most politically and legally because he's not just friends with Trump and Steve Bannon and others in that circle. But also with the Moretti's and the Saudis. 's and Robert Muller, the special counsel in the Russia investigation has interviewed prince and going through his cell phones and top while the house intelligence committee took testimony from the former blackwater boss in November twenty seventeen testimony at which he admitted to a secret meeting in the Seychelles organized by the United Arab Emirates with a close pile of Lanham Putin's just nine days before Trump's inauguration. What he didn't tell them was that before that he had another secret meeting at Trump Tower on August third twenty sixteen in the middle of the election campaign three months before election day a secret meeting with Don, jR, the rather dimwitted eldest son of the president Stephen Miller top Trump adviser, an ally of white nationalists. George Nader an emissary for the Saudi and Emirati crown princes and Joel Zamel these Rayleigh head of the Rother dodgy private intelligence company Seig group. So on the latest episode of my aljazeera English show head to head filmed in front of a live audience at the. Oxford Union in the UK aside from asking prince about alleged war crimes in Iraq by blackwater employees and about his latest controversial plan to try and privatize the war in Afghanistan. I also asked him about that Trump Tower meeting and why he didn't mention it to congress. Have a listen, I did as part of the part of the investigations, I certainly disclosed any any meetings, the very very in the congressional testimony. You gave to the house we went through it. You didn't mention anything about August twenty sixty meeting in Trump Tower. I specifically asked you what contacts do you have an Eugene on? So that I don't believe I was asked that question you owe. Whether any phone communications will contact with the campaign, you said apart from writing papers putting up yard signs. No, that's what you said transcript to the conversation here, jer, I might have been I think I was at Trump headquarters or the campaign headquarters, August the two thousand sixteen with air to talk about Iran policy. Are you my own policy? Don't you think that's something important to disclose house and tenants committee while you're on drove you did you did? We've just went through the testimony. There's no mention of the Trump town meeting youngest twenty sixteen. I don't know if they got the transcript prom as excuses go. The transcript is wrong is right up there with the dog ate my homework. Let's be clear. It's a bullshit excuse a public transcript oh show. Prince did not discuss information about that meeting in his testimony before the house Intel committee didn't get the transcript wrong transcript as what it is when you are bickering about whether the transcript is correct. You have a credibility problem. Congressman Adam Schiff, the democratic chair of the house intelligence committee pumped up on meet the press this past Sunday to respond to my interview with prince and call him on his bullshit. Well, he's certainly not telling the truth in that interview. There's nothing wrong with our transcript there was nothing wrong with the reporter who transcribed his testimony. He did not disclose that meeting to our committee. So his his interview certainly looks inconsistent with his testimony. Bob Muller has that testimony already and Bob Muller will have to make the decision about whether that rises the level of. Deliberate falsehood. So why does all of this matter? Well, number one as shift pointed out there. Bob Muller could charge prints with perjury lying to congress under oath is a crime, and it does look like prince light to congress. And then of course, lied to me about not lying to congress though. Of course, lying to me isn't a crime. It's just rude. Number two. Why is it that all of these Trump people keep getting cold lying about meetings with foreign governments with Russians the rest? Michael flynn. George popadopoulos. Rick gates, Michael Cohen, Roger stone. And now, perhaps Eric prints. Why the live what do they have tied and number three? We often talk about collusion in the context only of Russia, but the Eric prince meetings at Trump Tower, and in the Seychelles, they show that Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates were as keen as the Russians to see a Trump not a Clinton presidency in two thousand sixteen why many would say, it's. Because they want to war with Iran and prince told me that they would discussing Iran policy him and Don jR, and a Representative of the morale in the Saudis in Trump Tower that day, which is kind of scary. I mean, I suspect building junior would struggle to find Iran on a map, even if his life depended on it.
"erik prince" Discussed on Behind the Bastards
"That. So if he looks grossed out, it's just so dark. It's dark. That is the thing that she hated. I dunno criticize the, it's hard like you know this. It's like the one terror part part of this whole thing where I, it's hard for me to fully be like, fuck you. You gross Dunham. Oh, you everyone grieves in their own way. Yeah, I don't. I don't wish for anyone to live through that kind of notes nights awfully had to, you know, deal with that. It's a, it's an awful awful spirit soul destroying. And I don't think he had much of a soul to begin with. Yeah, but part of me just thinks like, I don't know if he even really if he's even really had a real relationship with other human. It's hard to say because. There's some more stuff coming up. So Eric, married his former nanny and stayed with her for eight years. They divorced in two thousand twelve in two thousand nine. Well, in two thousand nine two anonymous individuals who claim to be exploit wetter workers filed sworn statements in federal court. One of these men claimed quote Mr. prints, knowingly hired two persons who were previously involved in the cost of sex trafficking ring to serve at relatively high levels within his company. Mr. prince's North Carolina operations had an ongoing wife swapping and sex ring which was participated in by many of Mr.. Prince's top executives. X. e. because his company was actually at this time spokeswoman Stacey duluc denied this called it obvious slander. Also, it seems like Stacy is now Erik prince's wife, so that seem of board. Prince. Coastal sex ring. I didn't even there's more to dig into that when I just didn't have because there's so much else to get into how there's also one of the other guys talked about how he's been having people assassinated who knew dirt about his company and like may was willing to make a claim in federal court about it. I don't know. I have not gotten in there will be more episodes about Eric prints in the fog yet. We'll never ending. He. There's just too much you can't like we, we'd expanded to and we'll probably only like the second act of his life. We're in the second chapter of his book right. Okay. So the first third of his book is a pretty straightforward autobiography covering, you know, his life and the creation of blackwater. But then it stops after around the time that the Iraq war starts, it stops being a normal autobiography in every chapter, starts being just him defending himself and blackwater against different allegations of black waters, failures crimes, and massacres and stuff. It's a how far we in the book until this about this about where we are about a third of the way. So one third of the book function somewhat like a biogra- and then it's just him defending his company at him. Just going non crimes. Yeah, yeah, exactly. Yeah. The whole book, Eric prince, nah, nah, didn't I'm a hero. No, I'm so good. Okay. So I'm not going to go through all of these Cheshire's. We don't have days for this podcast. I am going to talk about a couple of cases of him defending himself. And if you want to read the book yourselves, the bullshit tactics he uses in these will be evident, but don't don't actually pay for the book. It's steal a PD torn or something. He said that that's not bastards pods official. Oh, yes. Sorry. Yeah, that's that's no one's take would be if it's possible to steal a copy of Erik prince's book and he's person out there in the world did that. I would not condemn them as a human being for that action. Although I would not condone or support there to, I will go a step further and say, go to WWW dot, pirate bay going to say. Going to say, 'cause kazaa you're gonna love it. Oh boy, where elderly men. Okay. Let's talk about how Erik prince justifies. Do you remember that? Fuck up in Volusia where four of his men got murdered in to get strung up by a bridge and it sparked the battle of flu that killed thousands or thousands. A lot of people I don't know how many I don't know that was in the last episode, Linda, the last episode killed a lot of people. Hold on. Let me listen to the last episode really quick. I'll be right back and we're all my God. Okay. Yeah, fuck this guy, right. Okay. Now if you remember, Eric prince had taken up a contract to deliver kitchen supplies or blackwater had prince describes them as literally pots and pans in the book. Here's how he describes the sweet deal. He made with the company, deliver their kitchen supplies. We agreed to provide a squad of thirty four men to protect ES as personnel and convoys. The convoys of kitchen supplies. Regency was to pay my company eleven million dollars for a year of work, just shy of a million dollars per month with an option to renew for a second year. Now, Eric describes blackwater mindset at the start of the war on terror as say, yes, I iron out the details later and. When he said yes to this job, some of those missing details included the fact that has been hidden have enough armored vehicles. Machine. Guns are actual contractors. We'll fill the mission. Detail, you go to Home Depot and be like, who has military experience. If you've, if you've ever talked to a soldier who served in Iraq in the early two thousand though. All agree that armored vehicles are a pretty minor detail when you're driving through the streets, red who who needs a little bit armor image for what I'm on. It's kitchen equipment. Nothing? Yeah, nothing nothing. Oh, anyway. Yeah. Eric notes with pride that his company got the cooking equipment contract after another private security, foreign refused to the obvious risk of the route. So a responsible company was like, we can't. Sorry safely do this. I'm sorry, like you're supposed to do so prince picked up the contract. He blamed, they could see you make. Yeah. He blames the fact that they that they had to send in a smaller team than advertised without the proper to the actions of another security company that he says, basically force them to do the mission before they were ready because these guys contract the ended sooner than they should have ended it, we just didn't have enough time to do it. He also claims that the extra men and armour and weapons wouldn't have made a difference because the ambush was so well set up. Oh, fuck nothing could have stopped this from happening. In other words, the fact that black waters men weren't prepared and the escort was sent out unable to meet the company's own standards was not Eric's Paul. There was no other way things could have gone, and obviously they couldn't have canceled the mission because that would have been really bad for them financially and this pots and pans needed delivering anyway, just he knew from the beginning. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Here's a quote from the Prager security international textbook shadow force, private security contractors in Iraq. It was blackwater management, not the State Department that reduced the preparation time for the ill-fated security detail so that they were dropped in place in their first day on the job. It was black management that decided to send out a four man detail instead of the usual six. It was blackwater decided to send the detail in soft skin instead of armored vehicles. It was black water that decided not to give the detail, but she'd guns says required by contract. So. Mike reached the fucking lazy. It's like even fucking follow through on a contract yet. It's I'm sure if there's one thing you could have definitely found in Iraq. At that time. It was extra machine gusts. There's a lot of what do they mean by that? Like mounted fifty Cal, I think I mean anything bigger than like an informed, but I think that's right. They were armed with which is four guys with personal weapons. Oh, wow. Which you don't wanna roll through. He's kind of risky to roll through flu today. I am. I just 'cause he's cheap just because he's cheap. Yeah, he can't. He can't ever accept that. Something could be failure that you might have to say. We can't do the mission right now run into the pots and pans, maybe they get stolen, right? Whatever like it can't go to better than people losing their lives. You would think if you were a human being? Yeah, when you're looking at eleven million dollar contract, clearly whoever was working with the other security company that said, no was a human being. It was like, no people are gonna get killed in. It's not worth it for positive someone with like functional, like a basic experience. To be like, I've been. I've had to deal with that. Yeah, that's not something I want to repeat. Right outflow. This is a bad idea. Cannot be responsibly done. I have no battlefield turns, and I just feel like. What are you talking about? It seems like our own rule, say, armored vehicles are necessary, and these aren't. I don't even take risks when I play like Sydney civilization.
"erik prince" Discussed on Behind the Bastards
"Protect the menu. Take all the credit, a Taylor patriots, whose names became known only when lawyers and politicians needed to blame somebody for something. Which again is funny because Eric is the pit ame- of the guy who takes all of the credit while other people get shot at never taken a bullet in his life. He's his. His only job has is basically his only job since he was thirty has been. Having other people fight, right or money that he pays them. Right? Yeah. Like he's always taking credit and I love that like his like scorned attitude of. Yeah, like sounds like Ed Harrison, the rock, like general humble. Yeah, they don't respect us. You just assume general Hummel saw some shit really need it. Yeah. And he did what Bosnia, something like that wherever it was all I can think of his wife's tombstone that literally just said his wife. It's like, wow way to give her an identity Barbara. One of the remarkable things about that to me is it was one of those few movies made in that era where if you needed to have a military character who'd seen some combat, you had to really stretch to figure out where they could have been made Grenada Bosnia like those two right now, it's what's your fucking pick? We're at war in like thirty countries. The ones we acknowledge gonna be there. Gonna be there and be like, oh, and you share. It's like that's a movie ten years from now. I drew name. So at this point in Erik prince's book, we're just now through the introduction. So chapter one opens with Eric claiming to have saved several women from a boat explosion when he was thirteen. How intro just like, man, we were spit on disrespected. We're the ones doing the real. We're the real patriots chapter one. I'm fucking collar. I saved some ladies. Went up blew up. Yeah. And he specifically notes at the end of this anecdote. I never did learn their names or what became of them. It's a shame because you're like fucking Spiderman. You just come through, save people like, sorry, I got to keep this moving. It's a lie. Yeah, it's allies their detail of what exactly happened. Yeah. Yeah. He taught like these ladies. They did something bad to their boat in its engine exploded, and they like, jumped in the water, and he and his friend fish them out of the water in truth from the shore. And then there was an ambulance waiting to take them away or something, which may be a boat exp-. I feel like it leased a big part of that story is bullshit. Yeah, I have made. I can see that there are probably people who I think a better version is maybe some women who are stranded, maybe their boat round out of gas or something. Something needs to ride to shore. He provide. It if you were in a boat explosion in some more time in the eighties in Eric prince rescued you and your now a listener of this podcast, drop us a line on Twitter at bastards pot. Let us know what really let us know what really happened that day. It turns out his boat that exploded and the women's save. Oh, that is completely reversed. Yeah, man, I whatever if he saved some ladies on a boat and they reach out all, I'll make a whole apology track for Eric. Oh yeah. Senator learning about anyway, prince moves on to talk a little bit about his family history. He uses the story of his grandfather's untimely death as a justification for why welfare is bad. Quoting when Peter died suddenly of a heart attack in nineteen forty-three my grandmother's Sutton, no government handouts, no charity from the church, not even money from family. Edgar who had two sisters. His dad was the man of the house. Now he would provide for them. He was twelve. Wait. I'm failing. He what is he trying to say that? I mean, how is he trying to connect welfare to? He's trying to talk about how awesome his family is by pointing out that, oh, he's already. He's like his grandmother and take a fucking penny. My grandma wouldn't take any money. She just made my twelve year old. Grand dad? Yeah, he's cool. Is my family now dog sounds like your family's kind of abusive air or sounds like she should have sought for some welfare coup or twelve hundred finish grade school may unless that's a lie to. Yeah, unless that's a lie to who knows. Could you like her grandma OG welfare Queen the missile or rolling around in a Bentley? Yeah, and that's how my dad became a billion. Yeah. So anyway, Eric portrays. That is awesome. It's worth noting that his dad didn't seem to view this as a good thing because he notes later in the book, quote, dad didn't let me hold a job during high school. Unlike his hardscrabble youth, he wanted me to enjoy those years. So ups to Erik prince's dad, he wrote them as cycle. Exactly, right. I mean, didn't turn out with a great kid, but no, no, yeah, they're achieving, I do feel like Eric missed, maybe that lesson. Oh, a little children ought not to work. Yeah. Yeah. Who knows? Maybe that wasn't his dad's lesson. I don't know the guy. I bet you're wondering about Betsy DeVos air Princess sister. He only mentioned his sister by name once. Biography was hoping to be like, not one mention at all. This and I have a sister. He mentions her wants to talk about the guy. She married. Why. She only comes up in the context of, yeah, of course. Typically, my sister is referenced a couple of times, but Betsy DeVos is only named once as he's introducing her husband. She has only sister, I think so. Okay. That's not. So why? Why is he cream in his genes for Mr. DeVos? Oh, I just because he's a super rich guy, right? I, I don't remember the exact context bad, but I got a family died recently. They only. Oh yeah, good. Good because he's the founder of Amway. Yeah, yeah. You stone the Orlando Magic. He has three sisters. So the other times when he's referring to assist sister, who knows there's a Betsy, and then the fucking other ones in other ones, I didn't even check on the other. He mentions Betsy DeVos once he's like, but, hey, Betsy, the best one could. Right. She married for fucking. I mean, they were already rich. He doesn't give us much detail at all about his childhood. But if you're game, I did find one anecdote that I want to kind of go down and conspiracy rabbit hole. Okay. Okay. It's Eric description of his favorite childhood hobby quote. The first group of soldiers I ever assembled was made of solid lead two inches high standing in neat rows on my bedroom window. So there were hundreds of them painted to match their real life, British French and continental army counterparts. I created them from molds. I got on trips abroad. And forty pounds of lead dad, and I melted down in a cast iron plumbers pot. Wow, little like war miniatures in fairness, this makes I, that's exactly what I did when I hit. I played fucking like war, hammer and others. Sti- spent my try and conquer, put, specifically building model. That was my whole child. I had a set of like civil war dudes, and I remember I, I went as far as buying like the fake grass to put like to create like a battlefield seen in like fake trees in when I realized like, 'cause I remember as a kid like regular toys weren't squad scratching that of like wet. Like, you know, like military should look like, sounds like, oh, you know what? I'm gonna do this. It was too much work though, so I commend you for even being a hobby? Yeah, man, that's what I did is child. And I remember it's like the most poison you can exposures health too. Right. Okay. Because your hands are always covered in paints, and God knows what's in on, right? This fucking science acrylic glue. I was always pulling it off my fingers and stuff, but an Eric's case, he was melting lead right. Right? And I don't know how much lead exposure you get doing that thing. But we do have a lot of documentation on why lead exposure is really bad for children. I'm gonna site from a study made by the college of family. Physicians in Canada lead is a developmental neuro toxin. Children are most commonly exposed and they are most vulnerable. Lead exposure has been associated with many cognitive and motor deficits as well as distractibility and other characteristics of attention deficit hyperactive disorder. Although children's blood lead levels have declined considerably over the past three decades with removal of lead from gasoline and paint. Children can still be exposed to lead from lead paint and older homes, toys and other sources because post exposure treatment cannot reverse the cognitive effects effects of lead exposure, preventing the lead exposure is essential. One of the things lead exposure is most tied to is violence by lead exposure. It's we've seen crime drought for most of the last thirty years. And one of the major theories behind it is that we got let out of everything. People are being born exposed to lead because we know that it's one of the biggest correlates with violent crime. Is that align with like the women's ability to have an abortion too, because I know it's another one like people, there's hours enough to that. People have problems over there. It is certainly a mix of things, but it's very credible that. But how'd you fucking make your own lead bodice shitload a lead and melted it in a pot. How do you wait? So I've never had the the privilege well now, but what do you do you put in a fucking? I don't know. I know that either because by the time I was collecting model soldiers, they were mad at a plastic because they realized right and exposed chilled cast iron. Like, it sounds like he was getting blocks of lead and melting it and pouring it into his own. Yes. So he was without any prior restaurant where when dozing himself to lead fumes and everything. And I found a study in South Africa that correlates lead exposure to interest in firearms because they found that competitive shooters had higher aggression and much higher blood lead levels than competitive archers. Which is an interesting group to compare it to. Right. Yeah. So this is just a theory, but that's amazing because like, right, like lead bullets to. Yeah, bullet in lead his feedback loop or you're not going to get lead bullets. I've been shooter most of. My life too, and you number one, most of the bullets you're gonna buy, don't have exposed lead on them. Some of them do, but it's usually jacket and something. And number two, you're not getting a lot of lead exposure shooting. The guy read firing, but I'd imagine like how often like how often has the like the actual rounds themselves been protected for people from the lead. It's not not very low. In fact, if you're looking at like the continental times eighteen hundreds or whatnot, people are probably melting a lot of their own. Right, right. So, yeah, for making with pewter I'd be like it's definitely fed into violence throughout centuries, right? Been putting a lot of lead everywhere. I just think it's interesting that Erich prints. We see in his childhood, both this joy of making soldiers and also maybe the lead exposure. I'd eleven to be such a fucking violently, literally making soldiers out of the thing that would that leads to additional violent tendencies. It's almost poetic, yeah, speaking of poetic, these ads are for your wallet. Oh, yeah. Go on. I. Here we go.
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"Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Janine Herbst. The us war in Afghanistan, stretched on for nearly seventeen years. And today President Trump's national security advisor addressed the idea of using private contractors to help fight the war this after an NBC report last week, saying the president was considering the idea of privatization and Pierce. Shannon vans, aunt has more in an interview with ABC news this week President Trump's national security advisor. John Bolton said he is open to the possibility of privatising what has now America's longest war there always a lot of discussions. I find them helpful. I'm always open to to new ideas, but I'm not going to comment on what what the thinking is that a welcome it Lee, the presence decision NBC news has reported the president is interested in a proposal by blackwater, founder Erik prince to hire private military
"erik prince" Discussed on KOMO
"KOMO forecast has some Hayes in our future for Sunday until then. Though look for, sunny skies and seventy five degrees more or less in Seattle today we should hit about, seventy three seventy four right now it's sixty seven degrees and cloudy. At KOMO news again Hayes holding off till Sunday Stay, connected. Stay informed Seattle's only twenty four hour news station KOMO news, one thousand FM ninety seven seven with Bill o.'neil at the editor's desk I'm Taylor van. Cise stories we're following this hour jurors in the Paul Manafort trial are looking, forward to a much needed break this weekend in Alexandria Virginia the jury sent. A note, to the judge in the case asking to stop deliberations by five o'clock today and then to have them resume on Monday yesterday the jury asked a few. Questions of the judge including for a definition a more detailed definition of what's reasonable doubt is. And US strategy in Afghanistan apparently frustrating President. Trump who's thinking, about privatizing the war last year blackwater founder Erik prince proposed replacing troops with private military contractors who would report directly to the president many ethical and security concerns have. Been raised though by military fficials and lawmakers about such privatization have shortcuts put fighter pilots lives at risk in a lawsuit a former engineer from And Whitney claims the company, didn't properly assemble some jet engines, and manipulated tests, to pass an inspection reporting on, this for, the Washington Post is Aaron, Greg who spoke with komo's Tom hutler what. Does the engineer claim has. Gone wrong in the engine making process and, the testing process so basically what he is claiming is that they usually wrong, tool. To ceiling spray spray sounds pretty trivial but it's actually a, very important component to this engine it keeps hot gas from leaking out of the engine. Which would potentially cause things to rupture within the engine possibility does not apply, the right way parts would actually fall off and bounce around in the long. Term the, worry here is that these engines might deteriorate more quickly if the and does that apply to the right way basically what he's saying is that the spray. On that they use to apply it was too short and they knew this for years and. They didn't do anything about this band is named Peterman zoning, a former engineer at Pratt and Whitney if this is true how many fighter jets around the world could be impacted oh. Dozens hundreds it depends on how. Many were made it that particular plant we don't know the quite the extent of this problem I think it's important to keep in, mind, this is still being litigated it. Was just unsealed yesterday the way we're supposed to work is that the whistleblower brings his allegations? The government, looks at it decides whether they want to intervene this case they didn't which might cast out, on what he's saying next to company will respond and. They'll they'll have it out in court basically if it goes that far has it been response from Pratt and Whitney they are refusing to answer specific. Questions about it they say there are no you're no merit to. The claims but whenever a company is declining to go into detail you have to wonder why you're have there been. Any, instances of engine failure that might be linked to this problem that you know of sure so there have been a few recent cases with twenty two after which are the exact engine that let's, see let's break concerns April six twenty two raptor had to. Make an emergency landing force base in Florida that was. An engine failure there and then it happened. Again later that month it's. Impossible to tell what it. Is because of the seal up spray an engine wears out it could. Have been any number of things that causes it to wear more quickly but these, are very important pieces that US servicemembers rely. On in some cases in combat so I it's definitely worrying all right. Aaron thanks so much Erin Greg, has written this piece in the Washington Post? Titled Pratt Whitney accused of using effective assembly process. Whistleblower suit, and that's, at, Washington Post dot com that's komo's, Tom hutler takes us to one twenty we check our, propel insurance money.
United States, Mary Jordan and Komo discussed on News, Traffic and Weather
"That election was dead even in the country has been since then a red and a blue country and people never talked about red states and blue states until then and we increasingly we hear we turn on stations that we want to listen to we don't really hear the other side we live in places with people like us there's even signs that we're not marrying people from other political parties now people are increasingly tribal and that's a that's kind of a big issue because people don't even wanna talk to each other you know it's not the united states of america it's the divided states of america marry the is wonderful thanks so much for sharing with us and again that's mary jordan you could read it and washington post dot com the article is the latest sign of political divide shaming and shunning public officials and mary jordan was speaking with komo's tom hutler the special counsel investigating russian election meddling digging deeper into trump ally and blackwater founder erik prince abc's aaron katersky with more eric prints may be this country's most wellknown private military contractor but he has come under scrutiny for an alleged effort to establish it back channel between the trump administration and the kremlin prince has denied it but it's now told abc news he has given the special counsel total access to his phone and computer lebaneseamerican businessman named george nader has said he set up a meeting in the seychelles between prince and a putin ally prince has described it as a chance encounter over a beer prince also faces questions over business deals with.
Mueller obtains Trump ally Erik Prince's phones, computer: ABC
"To have you back and one target of special counsel robert muller's pro trump ally prince who was the founder of blackwater technologies eric prints may be this country's most well known private military contractor but he has come under scrutiny for an alleged effort to establish a back channel between the trump administration and the kremlin prince has denied it but it's now told abc news he has given the special counsel total access to his phone and computer a lebaneseamerican businessman named george nader has said he set up a meeting in the seychelles between prince and a putin ally prince has described it as a chance encounter over a beer prints also faces questions over business deals with russian nationals aaron katersky abc news new york in cities across the country the national security agency is using at and t to monitor billions of emails calls and online chats the intercepts says has been going on for years and it's not just limited to at and t customers cbs tech analysts larry mac it says this is a red flag this disclosure brings up important issues about the role of american companies in providing data to the us government for surveillance purposes companies are of course required to comply with court ordered requests for information but this raises questions about the extent to which at and t have gone avid way to provide the government not only with information about its own customers but customer of other companies who's traffic is handled by at and t according to this report the nsa considers at and t one of its most trusted partners wbz news time three twelve traffic in a minute right now tom cuddy in the ace tikka dot com sports studio joe fighting.
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"A conspiracy theory not a conspiracy theory folks millions and millions of people the pentagon says it will be weeks until the first national guard troops are deployed to the border the details still need to be worked out with the states and one of those states california which of course has a big border with mexico is so far saying they do not agree to cooperate with this plan abc's jonathan karl special counsel robert muller obtaining evidence calling into question congressional testimony given by trump supporter and blackwater founder erik prince last year brother of education secretary betsy devos was irritated by democrats raising questions about a meeting the head with a russian with close ties to vladimir putin half a world away at the seychelles islands the days just before trump's inauguration they're asking us fishing expedition questions prince it's a house investigators he had met putin ally in russian businessman career dmitriev in the seychelles by chance i didn't fly there to meet any russian guy prints testified last november president he had gone there to discuss possible business opportunities with officials from the united arab emirates and he said they suggested he meet with the russian but princess testimony is now being revisited because of george nader eleven american with international connections sources tell abc news robert muller has obtained documents from nature that appear to conflict with princess testimony about the seychelles encounter nature now a key witnesses testified before muller's grand jury at least four times sources say among the documents muller has secured those suggesting nater met with prince at the pierre hotel in new york city on january third two thousand seventeen and within twenty four hours later sent prince detail bio information on dmitriev showing he was a powerful putin ally a week later prince was in the seychelles having a beer with dmitriev native says he was at the seychelles meeting something prince never mentioned it and it's gonna snow testimony press at night going to the seychelles as a representative of the.