CODEPINK Cofounder Arrested at Home of Blackwater Founder Urging Him Not to Flee to Extradition-Free UAE
August 20th, 2010
cofounder Medea Benjamin and other DC area activists were detained at
the home of Blackwater Founder Erik Prince. The group dropped by to
deliver a letter urging Prince not to flee the US to extradition-free
UAE. His move, though couched by his PR team as a much needed break from
the US would in fact eliminate the possibilities that he could be held
accountable for the crimes perpetrated by Blackwater while under his
control. Benjamin was invited into the Prince home, she then proceeded
to explain to Prince's wife why she was delivering the letter; Mrs.
Prince then pushed Benjamin out the door and told her to "leave the
house immediately". Police soon arrived, entered the house to speak with
the Prince family. While statements were being taken by other
eyewitnesses, Benjamin was quickly hand-cuffed and arrested.
"The combat troops are being withdrawn from Iraq, yet 75,000 contractors
remain and Clinton wants to bring in another 6-7,000 more
arms-for-hire. The Iraqi people kicked Blackwater out of their country
and they are still making a killing off of US taxpayers. The fact that
Prince is allowed to cut ties and skip town is criminal," says Jodie
Evans, CODEPINK Cofounder.
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