Dave Rice 9:30 a.m., April 24
Blackwater Intimidated Press at Potrero Site It Covets
Mercenary firm Blackwater USA has been bullying members of the press at the Potrero site it wants to use as a training camp. On Friday, reporter Miriam Rafferty, who had a press pass and was waved through by a fire official, went to the site Blackwater covets. She got a series of emails from Brian Bonflglio, Blackwater's coordinator in Potrero, warning her that he would alert the property owner of her activities. She checked a First Amendment lawyer who said she had a right to be where she was at the time of the Potrero fire. East Countian Raymond Lutz went to the same property the following day, accompanying a New York Times reporter. Lutz got a call from the real estate broker, who warned that Blackwater might sue, and that it has deep pockets. Bonflglio did not respond to questions about the incidents.