Don Bauder 5:30 p.m., March 10
Mercenary Firm Blackwater, Which Gave Up On Attempt to Get Potrero Training Camp in March, Now Has Shooting Range Near Border
Blackwater Worldwide, the mercenary firm that has stirred up so much controversy in Iraq, now plans to open what appears to be a shooting range at 7685 Siempre Viva Road, about a block from the border. I was not able to get the company's confirmation, but members of Citizens' Oversight Projects, which was instrumental in helping to block Blackwater's attempt to establish an 824-acre facility in Potrero, have pinned it down. Blackwater dropped that bid on March 7. Raymond Lutz of the project visited the site and reported that an indoor shooting range appears to be being constructed. Throughout the company's failed push for the Potrero site, opponents wondered if there was a reason for the planned border location. This new border site is intensifying such discussion.