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11 October 2007

Bravo, Brave POTRERO: Small American Town Takes On Blackwater Beasts ...

We rate this a 'must read'.

Especially, for all genuine freedom loving American citizens.

They should take it as an inspirational example, and a reminder of what/how their country once was - and could/should become again. And to that end we would urge all of those who can to spread this story far & wide - via all means possible - since it's a certainty that MSM won't.

SMALL TOWN STANDS UP TO BLACKWATER

By Malcom Lagoughe



(Proposed Blackwater site in Potrero, CA October 8, 2007)

We have all heard by now about the recent atrocities performed by Blackwater, the mercenary company par excellence, in Iraq. Seventeen innocent civilians were killed in an attack by the paid killers.

The administration is "appalled" and said it will rein in Blackwater. In just a few days, the company’s prior agreement that it can not be held liable under any law has been rescinded. Pious assholes of the Bush administration are now trying to look good in the public’s eye by bashing Blackwater.

The rage that the officials speak of is phony. For the past four years, all one had to do was to go to YouTube to see many videos taken by Blackwater employees that showed them killing Iraqi civilians. All the time they were shooting, they were laughing. I find it quite bizarre that millions of U.S. citizens knew about Blackwater’s deadly actions years before the U.S. government.

We all know the government knew of the atrocities but never had to do anything because there were no complaints. That has all changed. Again, I condemn mainstream journalism for not addressing the issue that the U.S. government knew of the actions yet did nothing to halt them. The media are only reporting on the recent actions by the administration, not the four-year coverup that preceded the new humanitarian enlightenment.

Blackwater has created a hornet’s nest in my own area. Just a few miles from where I live, is the town of Potrero, a rural entity with about 800 inhabitants.

Last June, Congressman Duncan Hunter and San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob met with Blackwater representatives and listened to a sales pitch in which the mercenary group would set up shop in Potrero. In October 2006, Blackwater made a proposal to the Potrero Planning Group of its plans. (A Planning Group in this area is an elected board that decides land-use issues.)

At the December meeting, those members of the public in attendance were shocked to see that the agenda held an item for the Planning Group to vote on whether to okay Blackwater’s plans. The vote passed 7-0.

When asked where the agenda was placed for the public to see, the group said that one of its members published it in his Christian newsletter. In other words, the public had no idea that the agenda included a vote on Blackwater. One of the group’s members wore a Blackwater t-shirt. Later, it was discovered that several group members had flown to North Carolina, at Blackwater’s expense, to tour the headquarters.

The people of Potrero began to unravel the illegal and shady vote on Blackwater. Five of the Planning Group members have been recalled and will have to stand in a special election slated for December 2007. Local opposition has been strong for such a small community. "Stop Blackwater" signs can be seen throughout the town.

The recent events in Iraq have given the Blackwater opponents a valuable and powerful new tool. Now, it is known nationwide that Blackwater wanted to secretly open an assassin’s school in this small town.

On October 7, 2007, several hundred Blackwater opponents showed up to a rally in Potrero. Across the street were about 15 advocates who wore Blackwater baseball caps. According to the article "Blackwater foes begin fight with their feet," written by Anne Krueger for the October 8 issue of the San Diego Union-Tribune

Wearing a bright green "Stop Blackwater" t-shirt, Rep. Bob Filner urged about 200 protestors yesterday to keep up their fight against Blackwater USA’s plans to build a military and law enforcement training center in the backcountry community of Potrero.

"We’re going to stop them," Filner, D-San Diego, told the demonstrators who gathered about a mile from the site of the proposed training camp. "Blackwater is a black mark on American democracy."

Filner has proposed a bill in Congress that would allow mercenary training only on military bases. Opponents of Blackwater say the company’s workers in Iraq are mercenaries.


Local weekly newspapers in East San Diego County are involved in the issue. The Alpine Sun has been at the forefront of exposing the once secret plan to the public. According to the paper’s publisher, Vonnie Sanchez:

We have run several articles about Blackwater wanting to set up shop in Portero. The readers have been very pleased with the coverage. Most agree that Blackwater should not come to Potrero.

A meeting in which a sneaky Planning Group tried to slide an item on the agenda by the public has turned into a political scandal. Not only the issue of Blackwater’s future in rural San Diego County is being thoroughly discussed, but the role of elected officials and ethics is on the table. Five members may pay for their deceit by being booted out of office.

When all is said and done, the Potrero Planning Group will not have the last say in the matter. A Planning Group’s decision is only a "suggestion" and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has the last word. Even if the members are recalled and a new and legitimate vote is held in which the Portrero Planning Group overturns the original vote, the County Board of Supervisors can say, "Thanks for your opinion, but we are in favor of Blackwater coming to Potrero."

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is comprised of five members: all conservative Republicans. One, Bill Horn, gained nationwide publicity a few years ago when he gave his opinion on a TV news item that showed a U.S. soldier kill an unarmed and wounded Iraqi in a house. Even though the public was aghast at such an execution, Horn said that the soldier should be awarded a medal for bravery and the cameraman should be arrested and tried as a spy.
The other four members are almost identical in their views with Horn. When asked about their assessment on Blackwater’s coming to Potrero, the Board has refused to give a statement.

Realistically, it looks like Blackwater will be given the okay to come to Potrero by the Board of Supervisors. However, if the pressure from the public grows enough, even they may have to back down and consider the Blackwater move a political liability.

We know that the Bush administration’s "outrage" about Blackwater’s actions will be short-lived. Once the heat cools down, it will be business as usual. But, the people of a small town in southern California, who must live next to a mercenary camp and hear bombs exploding and bullets being fired 24 hours a day, will not allow Blackwater to come to their community without a fierce fight.





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10 Comments:

Anonymous zak said...

BRAVO !!!! is right. Good for them. Now, they ARE 'the right stuff'.

May they all prosper for a long time.

9:01 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all have sat back for too long and now I fear it is too late to get America back to the way it was = and should be. A real democracy.

11:09 pm  
Anonymous a martian said...

so many of the dopes are so busy watching crap on tv that they wouldn't even notice if they'd been invaded and occupied by martians .... till it was too late..

oh, wait a minute ....

2:47 am  
Anonymous anotheranon said...

And Americans fought the British because they wanted "freedom"?

The way things have turned out they would have been better off leaving things as they were.

Neither crazy old King George nor any subsequent British Monarch would EVER allow a for profit, para military conglomerate to hold sway\power over the people.

Come back crazy king George - all is forgiven.

10:17 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Blackwater: Murder for Hire':

http://www.signs-of-the-times.org/

under Best of the Web; scroll down past the line-up of war criminals.

*sweetoldlady*

1:13 pm  
Blogger Richard said...

We've just had some important visitors, everyone. They've been reading the piece on hairy, scary Cagan.

Look who was here:
==================
Domain Name pentagon.mil (Military)
IP Address 140.185.55.# (The Pentagon)
ISP The Pentagon
Location Continent : North America
Country : United States (Facts)
State : Virginia
City : Alexandria
Lat/Long : 38.7909, -77.0947 (Map)
Distance : 3,488 miles
Language unknown
Operating System Microsoft WinXP
Browser Internet Explorer 6.0
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; InfoPath.1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727)

AND .... in the close company of:

Domain Name army.mil
(Military)
IP Address 143.81.248.# (Headquarters, USAAISC)
ISP Headquarters, USAAISC
Location Continent : North America
Country : United States (Facts)
State : Arizona
City : Fort Huachuca
Lat/Long : 31.5273, -110.3607 (Map)
Distance : 5,131 miles
Language unknown
Operating System Microsoft WinXP
Browser Internet Explorer 6.0
Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; SV1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506.30)

One would think they'd have other things to do wouldn't one. We mean -- don't they know there's a war on?

Heh

9:09 pm  
Anonymous Rosemary said...

Thanks for highlighting this activity (and proposed activity) by mercenary groups right within our own country, Richard and "sweet old lady." (tiny town, Potrero, CA).

Also thanks to the poster that linked earlier to Richard's past excellent report of horrifying Blackwater-type behavior in New Orleans.

There was more of the latter than I think any of us realized (or actually linked together).

Those "private security guards" hired by corporations ostensibly to protect corporate buildings and inventories, were actually EVERYWHERE -- policing the bridges (preventing escaping foot traffic) and policing the waterways (turning back rescue boats) as well as policing the streets and locking the doors of the two big way overcrowded emergency shelters, while somehow(?) unable to permit use of a long line of buses parked just a block or two away.

How convenient that the Louisiana State National Guard was all far away illegally deployed to the Middle East and phone lines were actually cut connecting the local police stations to each other and the outside world.

But I interrupted what I intended to say about the Potrero and San Diego County situation ..... somewhere I heard that a large private airport has already been built in the county not far from Potrero and I understood it is intended to be used by Blackwater as a training facility (and for "other purposes"). I wish I could remember where I read about that.

What I recall is an article that described some of the enticements provided to local government authorities to get permission to buy the property originally. The property itself was under Environmental Protection because it was the home of an endangered animal, or the nesting ground of an endangered bird. So I probably read it in some environmental publication.

Does anybody know anything about that airport?

9:33 pm  
Anonymous Rosemary said...

I guess what I am suggesting is that the struggle with the little town of Potrero and its town council just might be a coverup or a deliberate distraction from something that has already been accomplished.

(I'm sure somebody will straighten me out).

9:48 pm  
Anonymous s. pimpernel said...

Rosemary, ask and thou shalt receive. ;*)

All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be published, broadcast or redistributed in any manner.

So I won't do any of those things on Richard's excellent blog. It looks like enough snoopers are already sniffing around looking for .... whatever.

But what I WILL do - is provide this link

Check it out - everyone. It's about the ever expanding BLACKWATER operations right at home in the good old US of A.

10:01 pm  
Blogger Moon Rattled said...

I recall some news items about Blackwater getting post-Katrina contracts and waving guns in people's faces in New Orleans.

Here's a link on that story if anyone's interested.

9:06 am  

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