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Friday, October 26

Blackwater to California: Hire us to put out your fires (by Rick Jacobs)

First, a little background from NPR - Blackwater's San Diego-Area Plan Spurs Protest:

Blackwater USA wants to build a 200-acre training facility in San Diego's backcountry, but growing controversy over the private security contractors' behavior in Iraq may hurt the proposal's prospects for approval.

Bitter divisions are emerging in the small, unincorporated community of Potrero, 45 miles east of San Diego.

I had no idea that this community had been working for months to stop Blackwater from building a mercenary training facility in Potrero.

Oct. 24th Rick Jacobs writes this piece in the California Majority Report:

Beyond the damage and destruction to life and property, the timing of this wildfire could not be much worse. This fire exploded just as the people of Potrero were preparing for a recall election on December 11 to kick out the planning group members who approved Blackwater's base. With ballots scheduled to be mailed in early November to less than 600 registered voters in this historic vote-by-mail recall, Potrero residents were preparing for an intense campaign over the next six weeks.

And now, Oct. 25th, he writes this piece (title of post) for huffpo:

We couldn't make this stuff up. Brian Bonfiglio, vice president of Blackwater West, "I see a tactical operation center for East County fires," said Bonfiglio, noting that Blackwater's proposal includes water tanks capable of holding 35,000 gallons. "Can you imagine how much of a benefit it would be if we were operational now?"......

Fires of historic proportion break out all over southern California, including an as yet to be contained fire in Potrero, hundreds of yards from where Blackwater wants to open its 824 acre base including eleven live fire ranges.
Continue reading....

Is anybody thinking what I am thinking?

I don't like what I am thinking.

Am I reading too much between the lines here?

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