Blackwater Founder Erik Prince: Obama Put Me Under "Illegal" Surveillance and Leaked It To WaPo

Blackwater USA founder Erik Prince blasted the US Intelligence community for a "political abuse of the intelligence infrastructure" after leaking information on his whereabouts to the Washington Post. The former Navy SEAL and brother of Trump's Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, made the comments during his November 30 testimony in front of the House Intelligence Committee, according to transcripts released Wednesday. 


Committee members asked Prince about a business trip to the Indian Ocean country of Seychelles for a summit with United Arab Emirates business associates, with Congressman Tom Rooney (R-FL) claiming "there's an inference that you are acting on behalf of the Russian -- or the Trump campaign and meeting with Russian people." 

During the January 11, 2017 Sychelles meeting, Prince said he was introduced to Russian fund manager, Kirill Dmitriev, who he spoke with for approximately 30 minutes at the bar. Prince made it clear that he has had very little to do with the Trump campaign aside from donating money, attending fundraisers, and writing "some papers on different foreign policy positions" which he gave to Steve Bannon. 

Prince scoffed at the notion he was acting on behalf of the Trump campaign during his January meeting, and then lambasted the US Intelligence community for leaking the details of his meeting to the Washington Post in a story which ran in April, accusing Prince of establishing a backdoor channel to Moscow on behalf of then-candidate Trump.   

"What really bothers me and what I would hope the Intelligence Committee is doing is questioning why Americans that were caught up in waves of signals intelligence, why on Earth would The Washington Post be running an article on any meeting that a private citizen, me, was having in a foreign country? That's illegal. That is a political abuse of the intelligence infrastructure.

 

And that is really dangerous, especially as this committee and the Congress thinks about reauthorizing very wide-ranging intelligence authorities to dig into private Americans' electronic communications of any sort. That's what I have an issue with. 

Prince says he was told that an Obama National Security Council staffer provided the intelligence to the Washington Post, after the administration opened a counter-intelligence investigation into the Trump campaign in July 2016 based in part on a salacious dossier funded by Hillary Clinton and the DNC. 

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) pressed Prince on his relationship to the Trump campaign, asking "Did you discuss having any channel of communication between the United States and Russia?" To which Prince replied "No," adding:

Congressman, Erik Prince, a private citizen, traveled to the Seychelles to meet with some Emirati people that he’d known for a few years. And while there, they said, ‘Oh, there is this Russian guy that’s also here to see us. Might be useful for you to meet him.’ And like I said, I met him for a maximum of 30 minutes, probably much less than that because it doesn’t take me that long to drink a beer in a bar.

Prince suggested that the Obama administration "unmasked" his name from intelligence reports which were then leaked to the Post, and that the article damaged his relationship with the UAE. 

“What are you doing to prevent the illicit use of the intelligence apparatus by a political party, particular the previous one that did that to me,” Prince asked Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA), adding I’m really bothered by that - and any American should be, particularly as Congress votes to reauthorize significant ability for the intelligence community to dig into our lives, whether you’re a private citizen or not, from all the electronics that you do.

Comments

beemasters bamawatson Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:23 Permalink

"On September 16, 2007, machine gun fire erupted in Baghdad’s Nisour Square, leaving seventeen Iraqi civilians dead, among them women and children. The shooting spree, labeled “Baghdad’s Bloody Sunday,” was neither the work of Iraqi insurgents nor U.S. soldiers. The shooters were private forces working for the secretive mercenary company, Blackwater Worldwide."

https://www.amazon.com/Blackwater-Rise-Worlds-Powerful-Mercenary/dp/156…

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wee-weed up nmewn Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:48 Permalink

  Hey Eric... don't feel pregnant.Obozo blatantly broke the law...And put hundreds (thousands?) also under "Illegal" surveillance.But since his sycophant MSM is eternally covering for him...And all his carefully ensconced apparatcheks...Have been place in all the enforcement & investigative agencies...Good Luck! with ever getting any relief for this agregious injustice!

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swmnguy HowdyDoody Fri, 12/08/2017 - 06:47 Permalink

Yeah, no kidding.  We all know who Erik Prince is and who Blackwater/Xe/Academi/Whatever is and what they've done.Here on ZH up until about 3 years ago we all knew these guys were out of control maniacs, killers for hire, loyal to nobody but whomever was paying them today.Now I guess our Leader wants to have a private army, so now Erik Prince is one helluva guy and much put-upon, deserving of all our sympathies.My Ass.He's the same evil, amoral Captain of Mercenaries he's always been.  He should be arrested on sight for his men's behavior in Iraq alone.  For creating a private army on US soil, he should be considered a traitor.You know, once in a while, morals and values have to be placed above partisan expediency, or one has no credibility.  That time came and went a while back on this site.

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glenlloyd swmnguy Fri, 12/08/2017 - 11:13 Permalink

While I do have a problem with the way the govt has violated the constitution and how all our elected officials seem to be on the take I'm not sure I give a rats ass about someone who's biz model is to start a company that hires people already trained by the US military that then turns around and sells their services to the US govt for millions of tax payer dollars.Seems the only viable biz now are those that can wedge themselves between the consumer and the govt (medicare) or get hooks into lucrative govt deals of some sort, i.e. govt cronies.What I do have a problem with is that we clearly have one party pretending not to see Hillary handing cash to some sleazy Brit to create a fake 'dossier' that's then used by the Obama staffed intelligence departments to start an investigation into the President of the US that was properly elected, to try and find some ridiculous connection with the Russian govt that was there all along but not with the investigated party, with Hillary Clinton, who was actually pocketing lucrative cash from selling US uranium to Russia, that involved the very Obarry aparachiks that are now investigating the Potus. FFS!! 

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Chupacabra-322 nmewn Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:53 Permalink

@ nmewn,

Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Psychopath at Large George Bush Jr. instituted the Criminal Surveillance infrastructure.

Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath at Large Barack Obama expanded it exponentially.

However, Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Obama and his minions used the intelligence apparatus to go after his political enemies and the enemies of those allied with him,

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shitshitshit Kefeer Fri, 12/08/2017 - 04:18 Permalink

Boo fucking hoo: innocent tiny little prince got pinched under obongo's watch. I wonder why so much injustice has happened to him.I think I'm going to cry.Now, the USA has turned out to be orders of magnitude worse than former USSR. Not only politically because police brutality and stupidity is even worse, but also economically because at least everyone had a job and decent living standards at that time.So what's left out to support the USA exceptionalism nowadays? -Nothing.Do I hate your freedom? -you gotta be kidding me Mr. Dubya.This country is like sodom & gonorrhea. It will have to be destroyed and rampaged to raise again from its ashes. I see california is taking the lead. Carry on.  

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Kefeer Chupacabra-322 Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:41 Permalink

It began long before those clowns.  1947 (Hoover) and the National Security Act after the Pearl Harbor attack (the one that got us into a war and they already knew the attack was coming); the name of the bill, act or department is the antithesis of what it actually is.  For example, the War on Poverty is to create more poverty.  The department of Homeland Security is to secure the homeland against the people whose home it is (us).  The affordable health care act is to make it unaffordable.  The Dept. of the Treasury has no treasure etc etc  DOJ is the Dept of Injustice.

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Chupacabra-322 Kefeer Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:55 Permalink

@ Kefeer,

It’s the mechanism of how Crime Syndicate’s function specifically the Criminal Globalist Administions that have been able to Tyrannically Govern with Impunity decade after decade.

Present Administration’s never Investigate previous ones out of fear that future Administrations may investigate the current one.

The result. Administration’s become more & more Tyrannically Lawless as one hands over power & control to the next.

Thus, making them Criminal Accessories to previous Administrations War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity & Crimes Against The American People.
War Criminal Obama’s “moving forward” on War Criminal Bush Administration Torture, Lying The American People into War, the begining of mass Surveillance of The American room 641A at Criminal AT&T are but just some examples of the Tyrannical Lawlessness we see before us.

There are absolutely No stature of limitations on War Crimes.

As easily as the Criminal “Intelligence” Community & National Security State was created. It can be dismantled & Eliminated via:

The National Security Elimination Act of 2017.

Beginning & not ending with the absolute, complete Elimination of the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA.

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Escrava Isaura Kefeer Fri, 12/08/2017 - 04:16 Permalink

First, there was never a free market of anything. Second, read it and weep morons. Capitalism can't deliver decent health care. Each chapter of Cohn's book is devoted to one or two patient narratives that illuminate a particular dysfunction of the present medical system, and the chapters are arranged in such a way that the dysfunctions appear more or less in the order in which they first became significant national problems. The result is an 80-year chronology of repeated market failure, with each successive reform serving at best as temporary respite from the previous problem. What we recognize as modern medicine, Cohn writes, began in the 1920s. That's when doctors and hospitals, having only during the previous decade learned enough about disease that they could be reliably helpful in treating sick people, began charging more than most individuals could easily pay. To close this gap, which worsened with the advent of the Great Depression, the administrator of Baylor Hospital in Dallas created a system that caught on elsewhere and eventually evolved into Blue Cross. The Blues were essentially nonprofit health insurers who served local community organizations like the Elks. In exchange for a tax break, Blue Cross organizations kept premiums reasonably low.    

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newdoobie Escrava Isaura Fri, 12/08/2017 - 07:28 Permalink

First - You're correct about the free market. US gov destroyed any idea of free market since the FEDSecond - you have to make a distinction between Health Care, Health Insurance, and a Health Plan.None of which are a right in the US. BTW - three small private Doc offices in my neighborhood have closed. I asked my Doc why and he said "regulations" Obama care will not allow banks to fund his proctice to repair or replace machines. (because he is private)

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Kefeer nmewn Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:34 Permalink

Intelligence like everything else in surrealville doesn't seem credible.  We underestimate the dark-side, while giving too much credit for what these clowns really know and do not know.The more information they get the dumber they seem to be; perhaps we need to allow those ("intelligence") agencies access to our bathrooms with the new and improved "Crap-Cam".  We, the people, will give you more crap than you can handle in a lifetime in just a day with Crap-Cam; 302 million turds a day can't be wrong and captured and brought to you by "Crap-Cam".Install yours today and act fast, for $19.95 plus S&H, but wait act before Christmas and we'll double down and send you another free; just pay separate S&H.  Never miss a turd in your house!!  Can't you smell that smell, the smell of us around you?

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serotonindumptruck Lumberjack Thu, 12/07/2017 - 21:14 Permalink

Honest questions:Since when does the "intelligence infrastructure" include private mercenary organizations such as Blackwater, Academi, and XE?(Why has he changed the name of his company at least three times in the last 15 years?)Why does Prince feel as if he should be afforded any measure of legal immunity while being awarded non-governmental private security contracts for the US Government?

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qdone Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:12 Permalink

of all people, this dope forgot to keep his enemies close and his friends even closer. if trump goes down, he'll wind up being someone's bitch.

NoDebt Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:11 Permalink

"I met him for a maximum of 30 minutes, probably much less than that because it doesn’t take me that long to drink a beer in a bar."I actually believe that response more than I would an appointment listed on his calendar with a verbatim transcription of the conversation.

t0mmyBerg junction Thu, 12/07/2017 - 20:25 Permalink

Whether Prince is a douchebag or not at least he had the balls to call out fellow uber douchebag adam fucking schiff the POS on his oobnoxious and ridiculous panting about the Russian farce and the fact that Barry Soweto and his minions thought it is just A OK to use the intelligence apparatus to go after his political enemies and the enemies of those allied with him, just like he thought it was ok to use the branches of the federal government under his authority to go after the supporters of mitt romney - an abuse of power soo vile that nixon looks like a piker.  ever hear anything about that in the MSM.  Not a chance..

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