Saturday, October 13, 2007

Prince on '60 Minutes' on Sunday

Blackwater owner Erik Prince tells his side of the story with Lara Logan on CBS '60 Minutes' on Sunday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time, and 7:00 p.m. Pacific.

Speaking to Logan at his North Carolina headquarters in his first TV interview since the October 2 Waxman hearing, Prince says that Congress should update the law to provide more oversight of the private security contractor industry.

"We absolutely want more oversight. We welcome the accountability. We want a good name for this industry," he says. Concerning the September 16 incident in Iraq in which Iraqi civilians were killed in an incident involving Blackwater and unknown shooters, Prince says, "I'm glad the FBI's investigating. I'm glad they can be a neutral party. And if there's further investigation or prosecution even needed, if someone really did wrong and meant badly, I'm all supportive."
Click here for the link to the CBS article about the program.

3 comments:

Julianna said...

Prince did an amazing job on 60 Minutes. Blackwater’s record is impeccable and this smear campaign is shameful. Someone should ask all of the diplomats who are home safely with their families if they are happy with Blackwater’s performance.

Ava said...

It’s unbelievable that Lara Logan would actually ask if he was sorry that innocent people had died. Let’s put aside for a moment the inherently insulting nature of the question- who actually believes that Blackwater meant for innocents to die?- who is going to say that they don’t regret the incident? Even Satan himself would regret it for the bad PR if nothing else.

The US government employed Blackwater for a specific purpose- to protect senior US officials. There can be no denying that they have accomplished this admirably- they have not had a single protectee killed or injured. In an environment as dangerous as Iraq this is an amazing feat and the men who put their lives on the line for the State Department’s leaders deserve better treatment from their country.

Midwest Field Program said...

Prince gave a very honest interview - it looks like those in Congress and elsewhere who are calling the private contractors murderers are dishonest and wrong.