Friday, August 7, 2009
Blackwater Allegations Topic On Paltalk
Blackwater is back in the news with allegations being made two ex-employees. The two men claim that the company's owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of Iraqis who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the private security company sent to that country to protect U.S. assets. They also claim that Blackwater, now called Xe Services, ran drugs and intentionally deceived the U.S. State Department and other federal agencies.
The company is in legal hot water. Susan Burke, a private attorney working in conjunction with the Center for Constitutional Rights, is suing Blackwater in five separate civil cases filed in the Washington, DC area. They were recently consolidated before Judge T.S. Ellis III of the Eastern District of Virginia for pretrial motions
Joining us on Monday August 10 at 5 PM New York time to discuss the allegations against the company once known as Blackwater USA will be Harper's Magazine contributing editor Scott Horton who also writes the No Comment column for the magazine's website.
A New York attorney known for his work in emerging markets and international law, especially human rights and armed conflict, Horton lectures at Columbia Law School.
A life-long human rights advocate, Horton served as counsel to Andrei Sakharov and Elena Bonner among other activists in the former Soviet Union. He is a co-founder of the American University in Central Asia and has been involved in some of the most significant foreign investment projects in the Central Eurasian region.
Horton recently led a number of studies of abuse issues associated with the conduct of the war on terror for the New York City Bar Association.