Blackwater won the resounding support of a county board in Idaho to build an indoor firearms training facility. Ordinarily this wouldn't be worth posting, but activists opposed to winning the war in Iraq have been challenging Blackwater at the grassroots, to prevent it from training US military and police.
A guy who says his name is Martin Hippie is leading the opposition.
Normal residents and officials seem pleased that the company is converting a noisy outdoor range into a quieter, indoor facility, according to the Galena Gazette.
Local police officer Andy Schroeder says, "Blackwater has been nothing but tremendous in allowing us the use of their property."
Local zoning board member Nick Tranel was upbeat about Blackwater: "It has met all the requirements of the special use standards."
Said board chairman Mel Grotton, "We live in a world where people do need to train to protect life and property," adding, "I don't know where you could better site a building like this."
Meanwhile, Hippie says he plans to continue his fight.