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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.

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Fred Williams April 23, 2008 @ 6:15 a.m.

I've read elsewhere, (but don't recall where), that Blackwater was awarded a border security contract.

So I guess they're training their mercenaries to shoot border crossers now.

It's a sad state of affairs when our military gets turned into police, our police get turned into military, and mercenaries are in charge of our borders.

Blackwater is evil. We should be ashamed to have their stink in our county.


Don Bauder April 23, 2008 @ 7:15 a.m.

Response to post #1: Yes, Blackwater's own publication suggests that it has some kind of border-related contract. Since the Bush administration has been working to privatize the military, it would make sense that it would try to privatize so-called border security. Best, Don Bauder


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