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Christianity Thomas on 04 Jan 2010 12:14 am

Erik Prince (CEO of Blackwater) described as a Christian Crusader

An interview about the defense contracting firm called Blackwater (now called Xe Services ):

Blackwater: Private Army In The News Again

TERRY GROSS: What do you think people mean when they describe Erik Prince, the head of Blackwater, as a Christian crusader? What has he done that might fit that description?

JEREMY SCAHILL: Well, the first time that that term officially came to the public light was in the form of these affidavits in terms of coming from people from within the company. And the description that they offer is that Erik Prince actually encouraged a climate where people were using – regularly using racist terms like Haji to describe Iraqis or other Muslims, and that there were operations where Blackwater men were encouraged to go night hunting in helicopters with night vision goggles and they were essentially shooting Iraqis for sport.

The Department of Justice has a filing in the criminal case against Blackwater where they say that some Blackwater operatives viewed the killing of Iraqis as – innocent Iraqis – as payback for 9/11. And you also have a culture at Blackwater where Erik Prince himself, my understanding is, has given speeches to people about the epic crusade that they’re on and has in fact used that term himself – the term crusade.

So it would be the combination of encouraging an environment where racist terms are being used to describe innocent Iraqis, where they’re night hunting, where they’re celebrating their kills, as they’re called, and just the general tone for the operations that’s set in Iraq and Afghanistan.

More on the Blackwater Christian Crusade:

Related articles on aggressive Christianity in the U.S. Military:
Officers’ Christian Fellowship
Aggressive Christianity in the U.S. Military
The disturbing Christianity of the U.S. military

9 Responses to “Erik Prince (CEO of Blackwater) described as a Christian Crusader”

  1. on 04 Jan 2010 at 8:43 pm 1.Rostam said …

    Ha Ha Ha Ha, first video with OlberWOman is hilarious! As if he is a real journalist. That means nobody was watching.

    Second point, we have about 100 million muslims (using percentages here) who wish to inflict their jihad on Israel and the US. TO act like these alleged “crusades” are the larger problem is nothing short of laughable. Not to mention, old news!

    Thomas the typical liberal sees other Americans as the enemy. So shameful

  2. on 04 Jan 2010 at 10:29 pm 2.RTS said …

    Rostam – Are you saying that killing innocent Iraqi civilians for sport is acceptable?

  3. on 04 Jan 2010 at 11:03 pm 3.Ben said …

    This goes to a deeper problem Rostem is alluding to I believe. When the Cambridge police did their job BHO called their actions stupid almost immediately. White officers black man. When a muslim terrorist guns down innocent civilians suddenly he tells us not to jump to conclusions. Daddy was a muslim so he has sympathy.

    One man, Eric supposedly killed some muslims of which he has been indicted. Yet, he is supposedly a christian so we must continue to highlight him. Millions of terrorist running around yet we are not to jump to conclusions. I get the picture.

  4. on 05 Jan 2010 at 12:31 am 4.RTS said …

    Ben – Are you saying that killing innocent Iraqi civilians for sport is acceptable?

  5. on 05 Jan 2010 at 2:31 pm 5.Ben said …

    RTS – Are you implying gunning down American soldiers for the sport of jihad is acceptable?

    dealing with the emotional appeal crowd causes one to grow weary.

  6. on 05 Jan 2010 at 7:34 pm 6.RTS said …

    What “they” are doing is irrelevant. We control what we are doing. Blackwater’s killing of innocent civillians is immoral and illegal.

  7. on 05 Jan 2010 at 7:49 pm 7.Michaelk42 said …


    Nice non sequitur there, Ben.

    So how is gunning down people who have nothing to do with the jihad acceptable, Ben? Or are you just a troll like Rostam?

  8. on 05 Jan 2010 at 10:22 pm 8.Rostam said …

    ‘What “they” are doing is irrelevant”

    Ft Hood was a “we” you dingy. What is this we and they business? “They” are killing “we” or is that irrelevant to?

    Eric has been indicted for murder dingy many months ago so what more do you want other than using Eric to argue all Christians are like eric?

  9. on 08 Jan 2010 at 1:34 pm 9.Anonymous said …

    What You Didn’t Know About The War


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