Countdown: Erik Prince's Theocratic Connections

From Countdown Aug.7, 2009. Olbermann: For the last three nights we have been quoting the sworn declaration of a former executive for Xe, X E, the co
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From Countdown Aug.7, 2009.

Olbermann: For the last three nights we have been quoting the sworn declaration of a former executive for Xe, X E, the company formerly called Blackwater, in which that executive describes the nearly global enterprise shot through with criminality, arms dealings, fraud, tax evasion, child prostitution, murder, all of which Xe denies, even in cases where its employees have already pleaded guilty.

One motive for all of this as the four year executive claims was greed. Tonight, in our third story, the other motive was god. Jeremy Scahill first wrote this story for The Nation magazine, he wrote the definitive book on Blackwater, in which he details some of the theocratic connections of founder Erik Prince. Now that former Blackwater executive known only as John Doe #2 who claims that Prince did more than subscribe to a fundamentalist Christian ideology, he used Xe to advance it.

"Mr. Prince is motivated to engage in misconduct by two factors: First, he views himself as a Christian crusader, tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe. To that end, Mr. Prince intentionally deployed to Iraq certain men who shared his vision of Christian supremacy. Knowing and wanting these men to take every opportunity to murder Iraqis. Many of these men used signs based on the Knights of the Templar, the warriors who fought the crusades."

Keith goes on to list the Christian organizations Prince has used either his family's or Blackwater's profits to fund.

•Prison Fellowship Ministries

•Focus on the Family

•Family Research Council

•Christian Freedom International

•Council for National Policy

And it just gets uglier from there. I'll add the full transcript once MSNBC gets it up. Prince and his employees need to be sitting in a jail cell instead of getting any new contracts or continuing business as usual in Iraq or anywhere else. I'm happy to see it looks like the Justice Department is finally dealing with them in the manner they should be. Given this man's family and political ties, I'm not holding my breath for any convictions.

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