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25.05.2020 - 15:34 [ Malta Today ]

Suspected mercenaries were released from arrest after two days

A group of 20 men evacuated from Benghazi, Libya and suspected of having been contracted to lend support to General Khalifa Haftar’s forces, were held under arrest in Malta for two days before being released without charge. 

Multiple law enforcement sources speaking to this newspaper say the police are still investigating the incident, almost a year on since the arrival of the men on two RHIBs (rigid-hull inflatable boats) at the Valletta seaport in June 2019. 

25.05.2020 - 15:29 [ New York Times ]

By Air and Sea, Mercenaries Landed in Libya. But the Plan Went South.

The abortive mercenary expedition last summer was organized and financed by a network of secretive companies in the United Arab Emirates, according to a confidential report submitted to the United Nations Security Council in February. The companies are controlled or part-owned by Christiaan Durrant, an Australian businessman and former fighter pilot who is a close associate of Erik Prince, America’s most famous mercenary entrepreneur.

25.05.2020 - 15:28 [ Tagesschau ]

Bericht zu Projekt „Opus“: UN enttarnen Geheimprojekt in Libyen

Im Bürgerkriegsland Libyen war offenbar eine Geheimmission privater Einsatzkräfte im Gange – gelenkt aus den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten. Das geht aus einem Bericht der Vereinten Nationen hervor, aus dem die Nachrichtenagenturen dpa und Bloomberg zitieren. Dubiose Sicherheitsfirmen wollten demnach den libyschen Warlord Chalifa Haftar unterstützen – und schmuggelten dazu Hubschrauber und planten Überfälle auf Schiffe im Mittelmeer.

25.05.2020 - 15:12 [ Bloomberg ]

Western Team Went to Help Moscow’s Man in Libya, UN Finds

Opus and Lancaster 6 financed and directed an operation to provide Haftar’s forces with helicopters, drones and cyber capabilities through a complex web of shell companies, according to two diplomats who briefed Bloomberg on the contents of the UN Panel of Experts report shared with the Security Council’s sanctions committee in February. The diplomats also shared excerpts of the report with Bloomberg.

07.03.2020 - 20:46 [ Radio Utopie ]

Blackwater: Globaler Konzern-Geheimdienst „Total Intel“ ausser Kontrolle

(3. November 2007)

Die Gewalten der Gewaltenteilung innerhalb einer Demokratie (ob jetzt konstitutionelle Monarchien wie Grossbritannien, Dänemark, Niederlande, Dänemark, Schweden, Norwegen, Spanien, usw oder Republiken wie z.B. Deutschland, Frankreich, Italien, Schweiz, Österreich) funktionieren nicht von alleine.
Man muss sie dazu zwingen. Man muss sie dazu ZWINGEN. Man muss die Justiz, die Parlamente und die Regierungen in den Dreck ziehen, man muss auf ihnen rumtrampeln, man muss sie fertig machen bis sie nicht mehr zappeln und dann muss man sie verhören. Und dann blossstellen. Und dann abwählen und ersetzen.
Das ist unser Job. Das müssen wir machen, die Last Journalists Standing, die unabhängigen Medien, der öffentliche Geheimdienst.
Machen wir diesen Job richtig.

07.03.2020 - 20:39 [ New York Times ]

Erik Prince Recruits Ex-Spies to Help Infiltrate Liberal Groups

(today)

One of the former spies, an ex-MI6 officer named Richard Seddon, helped run a 2017 operation to copy files and record conversations in a Michigan office of the American Federation of Teachers, one of the largest teachers’ unions in the nation. Mr. Seddon directed an undercover operative to secretly tape the union’s local leaders and try to gather information that could be made public to damage the organization, documents show.

02.01.2019 - 14:44 [ New York Times ]

C.I.A. Sought Blackwater’s Help to Kill Jihadists

(19. August 2009) The C.I.A. this summer conducted an internal review of the assassination program that recently was presented to the White House and the Congressional intelligence committees. The officials said that the review stated that Mr. Panetta’s predecessors did not believe that they needed to tell Congress because the program was not far enough developed.

The House Intelligence Committee is investigating why lawmakers were never told about the program. According to current and former government officials, former Vice President Dick Cheney told C.I.A. officers in 2002 that the spy agency did not need to inform Congress because the agency already had legal authority to kill Qaeda leaders.

21.08.2018 - 18:48 [ Sean McFate / Politico ]

I Was a Mercenary. Trust Me: Erik Prince’s Plan Is Garbage.

(31.8.2017) Mercenaries are back, a dangerous trend occurring in the shadows. Their very lack of accountability is their main selling point; they offer plausible deniability and brute force to those too weak or squeamish to wage war. Customers are buying too, with mercenary proliferation in Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq, Nigeria, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen. Clients include countries, extractive industry and even terrorists. This trend may one day alter international relations: When anyone can rent a military, then super-rich and large corporations can become a new kind of superpower. Worse, mercenaries can start and elongate conflicts for profit, breeding endless war. A world with more mercenaries means a world with more war, which is why Prince’s proposal is so dangerous.

21.08.2018 - 18:21 [ businessinsider.com ]

Blackwater founder Erik Prince is pushing to privatize America’s costly war in Afghanistan — and going on cable TV to persuade Trump

Between 2001 and 2017, the US spent an estimated $714 billion on a war that many observers argue America is still far from winning, Task & Purpose reported last August. Prince intends to privatize the conflict to reduce US manpower in the country and ultimately reduce spending.

Prince’s plan would see troops replaced with private military contractors who work for a special envoy that reports directly to the president.

21.05.2018 - 17:48 [ Times of Israel ]

As election probe spreads to Israel, Trump protests ‘witch hunt’ has gone global

US president slams New York Times over report on son’s meetings with an Israeli media specialist, Arab emissaries and a private military contractor ahead of 2016 election

20.05.2018 - 08:18 [ Spiegel.de ]

Treffen im Trump Tower: Golfmonarchien boten Trump Hilfe für Wahl an

Arrangiert worden sei das Treffen – es fand im Trump Tower in New York statt – von Erik Prince, Gründer der Sicherheits- und Söldnerfirma Blackwater. Ebenfalls anwesend gewesen sei Joel Zamel, Mitgründer eines israelischen Beratungsunternehmens. Prince ist auch Ehemann der heutigen Erziehungsministerin Betsy DeVos.

20.05.2018 - 07:20 [ Vox.com ]

The secret Seychelles meeting Robert Mueller is zeroing in on, explained

(10.4.2018) That’s big because Nader helped organize, and attended, that curious Seychelles meeting on January 11, 2017, shortly before Trump’s inauguration. The meeting brought together Erik Prince, Trump donor and founder of the private security company Blackwater, with Kirill Dmitriev, who manages a Russian sovereign wealth fund and is thought to be close to Vladimir Putin.

20.05.2018 - 06:27 [ ORF.at ]

„NYT“: Golfmonarchien wollten Trump bei Wahl 2016 helfen

Arrangiert worden sei das Treffen – im Trump Tower in New York – von Erik Prince, Gründer der Sicherheits- und Söldnerfirma Blackwater. Ebenfalls anwesend sei Joel Zamel gewesen, Mitgründer eines israelischen Beratungsunternehmens. Prince ist auch Ehemann der heutigen Erziehungsministerin Betsy DeVos.