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A deepening conflict-of-interest scandal envelops the Krongard brothers--Howard, a State Department official overseeing Blackwater contracts, and his brother Alvin, who has long been cozy with the mercenary firm.

Firms like Blackwater operate in a demand-based industry, and it is this demand that must be cut off.

On the Oct. 19 edition of Bill Moyers' Journal The Nation 's Jeremy Scahill tells of how Blackwater USA President Erik Prince sent armed guards to New Orleans to provide security to affluent neighborhoods in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

How Chevron fuels the Myanmar military, Blackwater's legal woes and questions for Michael Mukasey.

Blackwater USA now faces wrongful death suits in US court brought by survivors of three Iraqi civilians killed in the September 16 Baghdad shootings.

Blackwater USA's Erik Prince and his State Department enablers have a lot of explaining to do.

Why did the State Department tolerate--and pay to conceal--the crimes of its Blackwater guards in Iraq?

Who will mete out justice for America's merchants of death?

Blackwater USA should answer for the crimes of its soldier-contractors in Iraq. Calls for withdrawal from Iraq must also include private security contractors.

A closer look at the US rule that gives military contractors like Blackwater a free pass to murder, terrorize and pillage their way through Iraq.

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“The implications of allowing a US citizen to assemble a legion in any foreign country, and especially in a combustible region like the Middle East, are serious and wide-ranging,” they allege.

May 23, 2011

Why is Blackwater founder Erik Prince building a mercenary army for the United Arab Emirates? The contracted guns will be much less involved in maintaining the peace than they will in suppressing any dissent within the country. 

May 18, 2011

Blackwater's Erik Prince is building an army of mercenaries for the United Arab Emirates. One that includes no Muslims. What is going on here?

May 17, 2011

Blackwater's infamous founder is building a mercenary army in the United Arab Emirates.

May 16, 2011

Christina-Taylor Green was nine years old. She was born on September 11, 2001. She died on January 8, 2011 in Tucson, along with a federal judge and four others in a shooting targeting her Congresswoman.

January 10, 2011

 A confidential cable, released by Wikileaks, from the US embassies in Afghanistan and Pakistan reveals that US diplomats were asked for intelligence on refugee camps "for targeting purposes."  

December 2, 2010

The businessman also alleges he witnessed Blackwater's cocaine- and hashish-laced "frat parties gone wild" and random shooting at Iraqi civilians.

September 23, 2010

Jeremy Scahill says secret documents reveal Blackwater's relationships with multinational corporations like Monsanto and Chevron, as well as to foreign governments.

September 20, 2010

"The idea that Obama is making good on a campaign promise to end the war is playing with words,” says The Nation's Jeremy Scahill.

August 3, 2010

Intelligence veteran Robert Grenier, who worked covertly in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, recently offered a rare glimpse into the world of  privatized intelligence, Blackwater and the CIA assassination program.

July 7, 2010