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Mon 6/9 Jeremy Scahill Returns to LA, As So-Cal Continues to Battle Blackwater on Border

by Nation Books Saturday, Jun. 07, 2008 at 7:02 AM

As So-Cal Battles Blackwater Training Facility on Cal-Mex Border, Jeremy Scahill is VISITING LOS ANGELES for talk, discussion, and book signing for the release of the fully updated paperback edition: WHEN: MONDAY, JUNE 9TH AT 7:00 PM WHERE: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Westminster Chapel 3300 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90010 (@Berendo Street, 2 blocks west of Vermont Ave.)

Nation Books is pleased to announce award-winning author
JEREMY SCAHILL

On national tour to launch the fully updated paperback edition of his bestseller

Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army

As So-Cal Battles Blackwater Training Facility on Cal-Mex Border, Jeremy Scahill is VISITING LOS ANGELES for talk, discussion, and book signing for the release of the fully
updated paperback edition:

WHEN: MONDAY, JUNE 9TH AT 7:00 PM

WHERE: Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Westminster Chapel
3300 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90010
(@Berendo Street, 2 blocks west of Vermont Ave.)

TICKETS: $5 at door

PARKING: Available across the street at the United Teachers Los
Angeles Union Hall

PUBLIC TRANSIT: Vermont & Wilshire Red Line Stop

Cosponsored by Haymarket Books

About the Book: On September 16, 2007, machine gun fire erupted in Baghdad's Nisour Square leaving seventeen Iraqi civilians dead, among them women and children. The shooting spree, labeled "Baghdad's Bloody Sunday," was neither the work of Iraqi insurgents nor U.S. soldiers. The shooters were private forces working for the secretive mercenary company, Blackwater Worldwide.

This is the explosive story of a company that rose a decade ago from Moyock, North Carolina, to become one of the most powerful players in the "War on Terror." In his gripping bestseller, award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill takes us from the bloodied streets of Iraq to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to the chambers of power in Washington, to expose Blackwater as the frightening new face of the U.S. war machine.

As veteran journalist Bill Moyers explains, "Scahill is a one man
truth squad."

About the Author: Jeremy Scahill is a Polk Award-winning investigative journalist. He
is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine and a correspondent for the national radio and television show Democracy Now!.

Scahill has reported extensively from Iraq, the former Yugoslavia and Nigeria. He is currently a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army is his first book.

Links
http://www.blackwaterbook.com/
http://www.nationbooks.org/

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* Video: Blackwater Opens South Bay Facility Despite Protests


Blackwater Opens South Bay Facility Despite Protests
POSTED: 5:33 pm PDT June 5, 2008
UPDATED: 6:25 pm PDT June 5, 2008

SAN DIEGO -- On Thursday, Blackwater was in Otay Mesa at a non-descript building that is a stone's throw from the U.S.-Mexico border."You know, we're not getting a lot of protesters from this area. It's an industrial area," said Brian Bonfiglio, vice president of Blackwater Worldwide.The private security company did get an earful last Friday as protestors demonstrated outside a federal court.Despite the protest, a judge gave the company a temporary thumbs up that allows them to begin training 24 Navy sailors Thursday morning."There needed to be another level of training, if you will, beyond what they learned in boot camp and that's what we provide here," said Bonfiglio.While training has been going on inside the facility for several hours, there are still people trying to actively kick Blackwater out of Otay Mesa.Anti-Blackwater activist Ray Lutz said, "It's not a done deal for me."Lutz has actively campaigned against Blackwater, saying the company is illegally training a private army in the South Bay."And we want this addressed. And if they're not going to address it then well have to go to state court," said Lutz. "Blackwater also has a reputation for being a shoot first, ask-questions-never type of company."Bonfiglio said that is not true. He said the facility is only being used to train American sailors."If we weren't Blackwater, if we were any other company then we would have come right in here and there wouldn't have been any issues," said Bonfiglio.San Diego city officials have tried blocking Blackwater's opening.However, a federal judge said the company had enough permits approved to open on Thursday.Both sides said they expect more lawsuits to be filed.

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