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Representative Bob Filner today (September 20) introduced a bill that, if passed, would effectively block mercenary firm Blackwater USA from building a training center in Potrero in East County. Potrero is in Filner's district, athough Blackwater has been getting a boost from Representative Duncan Hunter. The bill would require firms such as Blackwater to train only on property owned by the federal government. "It is outrageous to allow private individuals or corporations to establish private military bases anywhere in the United States," said Filner.

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Anonymous Sept. 21, 2007 @ 10:13 a.m.

I commend Mr. Filner for taking this action. Most politicians have been surprisingly silent on the role of military contractors in overseas conflicts and how they are selected, trained or overseen by government agencies who hire them. The Waxman committee has brought to light several instances of fraud and corruption by military contractors, amounting to millions of dollars of squandered taxpayers' money. These groups need to be much more closely supervised, as seen by events this week in Iraq where Blackwater guards can kill civilians under very suspicious circumstances and be back working three days later.


Anonymous Sept. 21, 2007 @ 10:56 a.m.

We definitely do not want Blackwater as a neighhbor.


Don Bauder Sept. 28, 2007 @ 9:49 p.m.

It seems few want Blackwater in Potrero. Now that the company is charged with being involved in shooting civilians in Iraq, opponents are more hopeful. There is a report that Blackwater has abandoned one expansion plan in North Carolina. Hopefully, it will put Potrero on hold, or better yet, cancel it. Best, Don Bauder


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