Sunday, October 14, 2007

Blackwater undaunted; will expand training centers

Undaunted by partisan political attacks and a politically motivated lawsuit, Blackwater says it's committed to expanding its operations from coast to coast, and that it intends to build its police training facility in San Diego County.

Antiwar activists are intent on stopping the planned Blackwater training facility at Potrero, California, but Brian Bonfiglio, a company vice president overseeing the project, tells the San Diego Union-Tribune, "Their charter is to make this thing work even more now."

Activists are trying to stir up public oppsition to the 824-acre development by saying that Blackwater will train "mercenaries" there, but they're flat wrong, says Bonfiglio. "No independent contractors would be trained here," he says. Just law enforcement and military personnel.

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