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Blackwater, a multi-million dollar mercenary company owned exclusively by a right-wing Christian billionaire, is trying to develop an 824-acre military training facility in the rural community of Potrero in southeast San Diego. All of the land is either within the Cleveland National Forest or an Agricultural Preserve.

The citizens of Potrero are trying to stop its construction but are having a hard time stopping the political power of Blackwater. --Read More--

Thursday, April 5
Demonstration 4:30PM, Public Hearing 5:30PM
Planning Commission Hearing Room
5201 Ruffin Road, Suite B.

Comments on Previous Articles Include
s t a r r: I work in the Cleveland National Forest, hiking with kids every day through the very meadowlands you describe. There is no way in hell Blackwater USA, war profiteers, Inc. are going to invade our public lands... Not only should Blackwater be dismantled, their activities in Iraq should be revealed. They send mercenaries in to kill, maim, and injure, and then deny negligence when their people get killed and dragged through the streets...--Read More--

Connie: Just what we do not need is the crazy making of war here in Southern California. Why is it that money talks so loud, there is no benefit to the citizens of the area, it is not bringing new revenue or jobs to the area. The land is better used as farm land, we need food not weapons. The Potrero Planning Committee have been seduced into believing this is in their best interest. I am wondering how many of them were enticed with favors and money? The military already have a training facility in that area, they take up a huge portion of the land with their military training. The sound carries for miles, the chopper activity, etc is heard everywhere. --Read More--

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Public Hearing: Blackwater Training Facility
Thursday, 05 April 2007
5:30 PM (Demonstration: 4:30PM)

Blackwater, a multi-million dollar mercenary company owned exclusively by a right-wing Christian billionaire, is trying to develop an 824-acre military training facility in the rural community of Potrero in southeast San Diego. All of the land is either within the Cleveland National Forest or an Agricultural Preserve.

The citizens of Potrero are trying to stop its construction but are having a hard time stopping the political power of Blackwater.

This meeting on Saturday, April 5th at 5:30 PM is where the public can come in and voice their discontent to the County Planning Board about the adverse impact (environmental, traffic, political, etc.) that Blackwater will bring with it.

If you can, please show up even if for 15 minutes to show the County how unwelcome Blackwater and what they represent is.

The address for the Public Scope Hearing is the Planning Commission Hearing Room, 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite B.

For background, read here: www.sdreader.com/php/cityshow.php?id=1566

See also:
http://sandiego.indymedia.org/en/2007/01/124631.shtml
http://sandiego.indymedia.org/en/2007/02/125072.shtml

Thank you for your activism! -Lance

Thurday, April 5 5:30PM
Planning Commission Hearing Room, 5201 Ruffin Road, Suite B.



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Clowns

06.04.2007 17:06


You people drive me crazy. Educate yourselves, the training provided by this company is for Military and Law Enforcement primarily. The has and always will be a need for them to have training facilities. Having been in law enforcement and actually attended training presented by Blackwater, I am thoroughly disgusted by the California mentality of liberalism and a lack of respect for the people who allow you the freedoms you treat as a right. Go to other parts of the world and see how well your "God given rights" are treated elsewhere. I would agree that shooting ranges in the middle of a national wildlife would not be a good idea. But miles and miles of desert or mountains, if for sale are just that "FOR SALE." You are like people who buy homes out in the middle of nowhere and then protest the airport being build down the road.....get over yourselves.

O.



Scary

09.04.2007 20:57


Having read the book "Blackwater: The rise of the world's most powerful mercenary army" the thought of them opening another training camp anywhere is frightening. Through their political connections they are getting enormous contracts without bidding. The actions of its army in Iraq are not allowed to questioned and the murders committed by them cannot be questioned or the murderers brought to trial. Block them from your area if you can.

John B



America’s Holy Warriors

12.04.2007 22:21


By Chris Hedges

Editor’s note: The former New York Times Mideast Bureau chief warns that the radical Christian right is coming dangerously close to its goal of co-opting the country’s military and law enforcement.


The drive by the Christian right to take control of military chaplaincies, which now sees radical Christians holding roughly 50 percent of chaplaincy appointments in the armed services and service academies, is part of a much larger effort to politicize the military and law enforcement. This effort signals the final and perhaps most deadly stage in the long campaign by the radical Christian right to dismantle America’s open society and build a theocratic state. A successful politicization of the military would signal the end of our democracy.

During the past two years I traveled across the country to research and write the book “American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America.” I repeatedly listened to radical preachers attack as corrupt and godless most American institutions, from federal agencies that provide housing and social welfare to public schools and the media. But there were two institutions that never came under attack—the military and law enforcement. While these preachers had no interest in communicating with local leaders of other faiths, or those in the community who did not subscribe to their call for a radical Christian state, they assiduously courted and flattered the military and police. They held special services and appreciation days for all four branches of the armed services and for various law enforcement agencies. They encouraged their young men and women to enlist or to join the police or state troopers. They sought out sympathetic military and police officials to attend church events where these officials were lauded and feted for their Christian probity and patriotism. They painted the war in Iraq not as an occupation but as an apocalyptic battle by Christians against Islam, a religion they regularly branded as “satanic.” All this befits a movement whose final aesthetic is violence. It also befits a movement that, in the end, would need the military and police forces to seize power in American society.

For the rest of the article go to: www.truthdig.com/report/item/20061231_chris_hedges_americas_holy_warriors/



anarcentric



Blackwater “Praetorian Guard”

12.04.2007 22:45


Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater U.S.A. comes from one of the nations wealthiest and best connected families and is himself strongly associated with the Christian-Right. Author and journalist Chris Hedges “ America’s Holy Warriors” views PMC’s such as Blackwater as a rising “Praetorian Guard” of the Christian Right.

anarcentric



Blackwater training facility

15.04.2007 22:53


This man call himself a Christian if is a Christian he will remember Ten Commandments “You should not kill” and Jesus teaching; “always treat others, as you would like them to treat you;” he is just a Devil blood thirsty individual.

Nedo Smolic





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