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  • May 4, 2010

    Blackwater Owner Caught on Tape

    In a rare audio recording obtained by investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, Erik Prince, owner of Blackwater, reveals his future plans for the mercenary army.

    Democracy Now!

  • April 19, 2010

    Blackwater Officials Indicted for Weapons Violations

    Five Blackwater officials have been indicted on federal weapons violations. Given the company's track record, the charges are small change.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • February 1, 2010

    Video: Blackwater’s Youngest Victim

    On September 16, 2007, Blackwater employees killed at least 14 Iraqis in the infamous Nisour Square massacre. The youngest victim was nine-year-old Ali Kinani. In this exclusive interview, produced for Democracy Now by The Nation's Jeremy Scahill and Richard Rowley of Big Noise Films, Ali's father Mohammed talks about his son, the shootings, and his struggle to win justice.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • January 28, 2010

    Blackwater’s Youngest Victim

    Nine-year-old Ali Kinani died from a gunshot wound to the head in the Nisour Square massacre. His father may be the one man standing between Blackwater and total impunity.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • January 28, 2010


    Robert Gates admits that Blackwater is in Pakistan; Air America signs off.

    The Editors


  • January 22, 2010

    Blackwater in Pakistan: Gates Confirms

    In the past two days, both Defense Secretary Robert Gates and a Pakistani senior minister have confirmed that Blackwater is operating in Pakistan.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • January 19, 2010

    US Mercenaries Set Sights on Haiti

    Private firms are jumping at the opportunity to provide 'humanitarian assistance' to Haiti, but what these companies are actually bringing is a 'Shock Doctrine' approach that aims to profit from disaster.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • January 11, 2010

    Blackwater and ‘The Hurt Locker’

    One of the stars of the widely acclaimed Iraq war film The Hurt Locker has claimed that the filmmakers hired the mercenary firm Blackwater. The producer says they were mercenaries, but not Blackwater.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • January 8, 2010

    Did the CIA Deploy a Blackwater Hit Team in Germany?

    German prosecutors have launched an investigation into allegations that a Blackwater-led CIA team conducted a clandestine operation in Hamburg after 9/11 aimed at assassinating a German citizen with suspected ties to Al Qaeda.

    Jeremy Scahill