A report by Jeremy Scahill in The Nation (Blackwater’s Black Ops, 9/15/2010) revealed that the largest mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (now called Xe Services) clandestine intelligence services was used by the multinational Monsanto. Blackwater was renamed in 2009 after becoming famous in the world with numerous reports of abuses in Iraq, including massacres of civilians. It remains the largest private contractor of the U.S. Department of State “security services,” that practices state terrorism by giving the government the opportunity to deny it.
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Just an FYI: We have never hired Blackwater or their affiliates, nor have we hired them under any other name (like Xe or Academi). Like a lot of companies, we try to stay aware of threats to our employees or our business by keeping an eye on publicly available information such as websites and news reports. Sometimes we’ve hired outside companies to help us with this. Between 2008 and 2010, we hired a company called Total Intelligence Solutions (TIS) to help us monitor publicly available information. Mr. Scahill’s article incorrectly reported that TIS was part of Blackwater.
Total Intelligence Solutions, LLC, (TIS) is a risk management and consulting company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. The company delivers threat and vulnerability assessments, data acquisition capabilities, physical and information security services, training, and high-level consulting to Fortune 500 companies, and to U.S. and foreign governments.
TIS owned and operated the Terrorism Research Center, Incorporated (TRC) from 2007-2010. The TRC delivered training and research support relating to counterterrorism and asymmetric warfare/conflict to the private sector, and U.S. and foreign government customers.
TIS was owned by The Prince Group, a private company led by Erik Prince. Erik Prince also owned numerous other investment and business interests to include Academi (formerly known as Blackwater). Cofer Black was formerly the chairman of TIS. The TIS website now forwards to a site operated by OODA Group LLC.
“Many military and former CIA officers work for Blackwater or related companies created to divert attention from their bad reputation and make more profit selling their nefarious services-ranging from information and intelligence to infiltration, political lobbying and paramilitary training – for other governments, banks and multinational corporations. According to Scahill, business with multinationals, like Monsanto, Chevron, and financial giants such as Barclays and Deutsche Bank, are channeled through two companies owned by Erik Prince, owner of Blackwater: Total Intelligence Solutions and Terrorism Research Center. These officers and directors share Blackwater.”
“Almost simultaneously with the publication of this article in The Nation, the Via Campesina reported the purchase of 500,000 shares of Monsanto, for more than $23 million by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which with this action completed the outing of the mask of “philanthropy.” Another association that is not surprising.
It is a marriage between the two most brutal monopolies in the history of industrialism: Bill Gates controls more than 90 percent of the market share of proprietary computing and Monsanto about 90 percent of the global transgenic seed market and most global commercial seed. There does not exist in any other industrial sector monopolies so vast, whose very existence is a negation of the vaunted principle of “market competition” of capitalism. Both Gates and Monsanto are very aggressive in defending their ill-gotten monopolies.”