Blackwater, its troubles behind it (or so they’d have us believe), is expanding its services again.
This time they’re going into espionage.
The Prince Group (one suspects the Machiavelli reference, though accidental, is not unappreciated by one as cunning as Erik Prince), has just announced a new division of its security and protection business:
The Prince Group, the holding company that owns Blackwater Worldwide, has been building an operation that will sniff out intelligence about natural disasters, business-friendly governments, overseas regulations and global political developments for clients in industry and government.
Of course this being Prince, his company has already hired top espionage experts away from the CIA where they serve this country’s interests and put them to work for his firm where they serve the interests of
George W. Bush Erik Prince and his corporate partners. And to run this new enterprise in spying for profit, no less a scofflaw Bush operative CIA figure than this:
Its chairman is Cofer Black, the former head of counter-terrorism at CIA known for his leading role in many of the agency’s more controversial programs, including the rendition and interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects and the detention of some of them in secret prisons overseas.
Heartening, isn’t it? To know that all our government’s major defense services – army, navy, air force, and now intelligence – will soon be in the hands of that paragon of patriotism and selfless virtue, Erik Prince:
Total Intelligence Solutions is one of a growing number of companies that offer intelligence services such as risk analysis to companies and governments. Because of its roster and its ties to owner Erik Prince, the multimillionaire former Navy SEAL, the company’s thrust into this world highlights the blurring of lines between government, industry and activities formerly reserved for agents operating in the shadows.