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22 Arrested at Blackwater's Illinois Compound

More people have been arrested for protesting on Blackwater property than mercenaries who have killed innocent Iraqis.

Twenty-two people were arrested yesterday at the Blackwater/Xe compound in Jo Daviess County Illinois as they carried out a nonviolent direct action against a company at the center of some of the worst violence in Iraq. They were part of a larger group of about 75 people who marched on Blackwater to serve the company with a Notice of Foreclosure for Moral Bankruptcy.

“There’ve been more people arrested for trespassing on Blackwater property than Blackwater employees that have been held accountable for their illegal actions which include tax evasion, smuggling illegal arms into Iraq as well as illegal use of firearms on their facility in Moyock, North Carolina,” charged Dan Kenney, one of the organizers of the protest. From the Stockton Journal Standard:

[R]esident Martin Hippie said he finds it worrisome that local police are training with a company ejected from Iraq by its government for wrongdoing.

“It’s kind of like organized crime coming in and taking over a casino,” Hippie said. “We have laws against that and I think we have to have laws against private companies taking over our police forces and military training.”

Jeremy Scahill is the author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.