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Secret Blackwater Tape Exposed
 Erik Prince is probably guilty of multiple murders 


Erik Prince, the reclusive owner of the Blackwater empire, rarely gives public speeches and when he does 
he attempts to ban journalists from attending and forbids recording or videotaping of his remarks. On May 5, 
that is exactly what Prince is trying to do when he speaks at DeVos Fieldhouse as the keynote speaker for 
the “Tulip Time Festival” in his hometown of Holland, Michigan. He told the event’s organizers no news reporting 
could be done on his speech and they consented to the ban. Journalists and media associations in Michigan are 
protesting this attempt to bar reporting on his remarks.

Despite Prince’s attempts to shield his speeches from public scrutiny, The Nation magazine has obtained an 
audio recording of a recent, private speech delivered by Prince to a friendly audience. The speech, which Prince 
attempted to keep from public consumption, provides a stunning glimpse into his views and future plans and reveals  
details of previously undisclosed activities of Blackwater. The people of the United States have a right to media 
coverage of events featuring the owner of a company that generates 90% of its revenue from the US government.

In the speech, Prince proposed that the US government deploy armed private contractors to fight “terrorists” in Nigeria, 
Yemen, Somalia and Saudi Arabia, specifically to target Iranian influence. He expressed disdain for the Geneva Convention 
and described Blackwater’s secretive operations at four Forward Operating Bases he controls in Afghanistan. He called 
those fighting the US in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan “barbarians” who “crawled out of the sewer.” Prince also revealed 
details of a July 2009 operation he claims Blackwater forces coordinated in Afghanistan to take down a narcotrafficking 
facility, saying that Blackwater “call[ed] in multiple air strikes,” blowing up the facility. Prince boasted that his forces had 
carried out the “largest hashish bust in counter-narcotics history.” He characterized the work of some NATO countries’ 
forces in Afghanistan as ineffectual, suggesting that some coalition nations “should just pack it in and go home.” 

Prince spoke of Blackwater working in Pakistan, which appears to contradict the official, 
public Blackwater and US government line that Blackwater is not in Pakistan.

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