Private Military Mogul Erik Prince Scheduled to Speak at UC Berkeley as Part of Right-Wing ‘Free Speech Week’ – California News

Private Military Mogul Erik Prince Scheduled to Speak at UC Berkeley as Part of Right-Wing ‘Free Speech Week’ – California News

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Publicists for Milo Yiannopoulos said today that the founder of several controversial private military corporations, Erik Prince, is scheduled to speak at UC Berkeley as part of a “Free Speech Week” on September 26.

Prince is best known as the founder of Academi, a company that provides armed guards to governments and corporate clients, and also trains military and police agencies around the world. Previously known as Blackwater, Academi’s armed soldiers were deployed during the Iraq War in the mid-2000s. Several of the company’s employees killed 17 Iraqi civilians in 2007 and were later found guilty of the crime.

Prince resigned as CEO of Blackwater in 2009, but the company has gone on to win contracts worth hundreds of millions dollars with the U.S. State Department and CIA for security and other militarized services.

Long an advocate of privatizing warfare and using contractors as soldiers, Prince now operates Frontier Services Group, a Hong Kong-based security company that primarily guards…

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