Opinion piece on Eric Prince’s column in The Financial Times arguing for the privatisation of the migrant crisis.
First published in The Canary on 6 January 2017:
On Monday 2 January, an editorial [paywall] that read a little like a full-page advert in The Financial Times gave voice to Erik Prince, founder of the private military security company most commonly known as Blackwater. But also known as Xe, Academi and Frontier Services Group (though technically a different company, Prince is CEO). It changes its name after it encounters one PR balls up after the other. PR balls up or occasional felony that is.
If the name sounds a little familiar, it’s because in April 2015, a court of law found four Blackwater employees guilty of killing 14 civilians during the 2007 Nisour Square massacre in Iraq. More recently, Prince has been under investigation for money laundering. And family ties see him connected to Donald Trump as Prince’s sister, Betsy DeVos, enters Trump’s cabinet as Education Secretary.
The respected financial broadsheet allowed Prince to tout his services for what he believes is the answer to the ‘refugee crisis’ that has ‘overwhelmed’ European governments: