Blackwater cancels planned expansion
RALEIGH, N.C. — In more fallout from the Sept. 16 shooting in Baghdad that left 11 Iraqis dead, Blackwater USA apparently has stopped its expansion projects.Maybe the Iraqis and the citizens of the US will be a little bit safer in the future.
On Wednesday, the North Carolina private military contractor canceled a $5.5 million deal to buy 1,800 acres of farmland near Fort Bragg, where it was going to set up a training ground for soldiers and corporate executives.
The diplomatic and public relations damage from the shooting, combined with next Tuesday's scheduled testimony before Congress by Blackwater Chairman Erik Prince, prompted the company to put all new projects on hold, according to the president of the company that had agreed to sell the land to Blackwater.
"Blackwater said they had pulled all new projects off the table because of this shooting in Baghdad and because they were preparing Prince for Congress," said Wayne Miller, the president of Southern Produce Distributors. "It's a shame. This would have been good for the economy of North Carolina."
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