Vanity Fair exclusive: Blackwater’s Erik Prince to step down RAW STORY December 2nd, 2009

VF exclusive: Blackwater’s Erik Prince to step down, reveals CIA role

By Raw Story
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

erikprinceblackwaterceo VF exclusive: Blackwaters Erik Prince to step down, reveals CIA role 'Power struggle' inside Blackwater over Prince's successor

Blackwater's Erik Prince was recruited as a CIA agent in the years after the 9/11 attacks, says an exclusive report at Vanity Fair that also reveals the billionaire ex-Navy SEAL plans to step down from Blackwater to teach high school.

For the past six years, Prince "appears to have led an astonishing double life," writes Adam Ciralsky. "Publicly, he has served as Blackwater’s CEO and chairman. Privately, and secretly, he has been doing the CIA’s bidding, helping to craft, fund, and execute operations ranging from inserting personnel into 'denied areas'—places US intelligence has trouble penetrating—to assembling hit teams targeting al-Qaeda members and their allies."

Ciralsky reports that Prince became a CIA "asset," or spy, who became a "Mr. Fix-It" in the war on terror.

"Prince wasn’t merely a contractor; he was, insiders say, a full-blown asset," Ciralsky reports. "Three sources with direct knowledge of the relationship say that the CIA’s National Resources Division recruited Prince in 2004 to join a secret network of American citizens with special skills or unusual access to targets of interest. As assets go, Prince would have been quite a catch. He had more cash, transport, matériel, and personnel at his disposal than almost anyone Langley would have run in its 62-year history."
Story continues below...

Prince also told Vanity Fair he believes that people inside the US government sold him out when news of Blackwater's involvement in the CIA's secret assassination program went public. Last summer, CIA director Leon Panetta informed congressional intelligence committees that the CIA had kept secret an on-and-off assassination program that many people believe was run during the Bush administration by Vice President Dick Cheney.

Later, news reports emerged alleging that Blackwater, which recently renamed itself Xe Services, was involved in the program which sought to assassinate high-value terrorist targets.

Prince "confesses to feeling betrayed," Vanity Fair reports.

“I don’t understand how a program this sensitive leaks,” he says. “And to ‘out’ me on top of it?”

Ciralsky reports:

Prince blames Democrats in Congress for the leaks and maintains that there is a double standard at play. “The left complained about how [CIA operative] Valerie Plame’s identity was compromised for political reasons. A special prosecutor [was even] appointed. Well, what happened to me was worse. People acting for political reasons disclosed not only the existence of a very sensitive program but my name along with it.” As in the Plame case, though, the leaks prompted CIA attorneys to send a referral to the Justice Department, requesting that a criminal investigation be undertaken to identify those responsible for providing highly classified information to the media.

Prince told Ciralsky that he was engaged in work for the CIA "up until two months ago—when Prince says the Obama administration pulled the plug." That would seem to confirm recent news reports that the Obama administration was using Blackwater for assassinations in Pakistan.

Prince also told Ciralsky he plans to step down as chairman and CEO of Blackwater -- a move Ciralsky reports has started a "power struggle" within the company over who will succeed its founder.

“I’m through,” Prince told Vanity Fair. “I’m going to teach high school. ... History and economics. I may even coach wrestling. Hey, Indiana Jones taught school, too.”

Read the full Vanity Fair report here.

Declaration of Independence

From the Declaration of Independence:

"He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands."

With you in the struggle,
WeAreChangeLA -
I work for the 9-11 First Responders, the 9-11 victims, and all those who are being slaughtered and tortured because of 9-11.

I’m through,” Prince

I’m through,” Prince told Vanity Fair. “I’m going to teach high school. ... History and economics. I may even coach wrestling. Hey, Indiana Jones taught school, too.”

Indiana Jones was no war criminal.

Or petty smuggler.

BlackWater / Xe is a major player in the Afghan Drug Trade. To say the least.

Goodbye Mr. Prince.

Justice awaits.

Her arm is very very long.

But she has a short fuse.

The CONSTITUTION is NOT going to "collapse" into pulverized dust no matter how much thermate/explosives or planes they throw at it

Under another name ...

Under another name what BW has done would be called Murder Inc.

How one can justify doing what would otherwise be illegal by covering it with the cloak of secrecy is beyond me.

Teach High School? History?

Well who knows, I guess he could " enlighten" our youth if he really wanted to. I would rather see him face justice for the crimes he has orchestrated with official approval! More like the DARK PRINCE.

High School Mercenaries From Hell.

Dear Eric.

What were doing and for whom months weeks and days before9-11? Can you explain why you, a born again fundamentalist Christian would jump ship and join the Catholic faith and its most arch right wing faction, Opus Dei? Can you tell us anything about the militant wing of Opus Dei?

Have you had any involvement with or actions either direct or indirect with nano-thermite weapons and demolitions systems and manufacturers and their reps? Have you or your assigns ever tested nano-thermite weapons or demolition devices in any of your national or foreign locales?

Have you visited with any of the following: Arden Bement, Forman Williams, Stephen Margolis, Martin Bazant, Hratch Semerjian, Michael Zachariah or anyone in the following corporations: Battelle, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, SAIC, Lord Corporation, DURINT, Applied Ordinance, Booz Allen Hamilton, Mantech, Titan, Pacific Scientific Energetic or R.Stresau Laboratories?

Have you had any interactions with anyone in or representing Marsh & McLennan or Securacom?

Good luck on your new high school teaching career! And remember, a pretty career can't hide a guilty conscience.

Are we really supposed to believe this guy

is not going to kill & destroy anything else?

teach school?????

That's rich. More suited to running a sex slave service for pedophiles....these people were caught raping and molesting little children and defenseless war orphans....
"christianity" has reached new lows.

Is Erik Prince 'Graymailing' the US Government? By Jeremy Scahil

Is Erik Prince 'Graymailing' the US Government?
By Jeremy Scahill The Nation

December 4, 2009