[News] Yes, Monsanto Actually DID Buy the BLACKWATER Mercenary Group!


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  Yes, Monsanto Actually DID Buy the BLACKWATER Mercenary Group!    Posted on June 29, 2013   <http://politicalblindspot.org/yes-monsanto-actually-did-buy-the-blackwater-mercenary-group/>  http://politicalblindspot.org/yes-monsanto-actually-did-buy-the-blackwater-mercenary-group/    A report by Jeremy Scahill in /The Nation/ revealed that the largest   mercenary army in the world, Blackwater (later called Xe Services and   more recently "*Academi*") clandestine intelligence services was sold to   the multinational Monsanto. Blackwater was renamed in 2009 after   becoming famous in the world with numerous reports of abuses in Iraq,   including massacres of civilians. It remains the largest private   contractor of the U.S. Department of State "security services," that   practices state terrorism by giving the government the opportunity to   deny it.    Many military and former CIA officers work for Blackwater or related   companies created to divert attention from their bad reputation and make   more profit selling their nefarious services-ranging from information   and intelligence to infiltration, political lobbying and paramilitary   training -- for other governments, banks and multinational corporations.   According to Scahill, business with multinationals, like Monsanto,   Chevron, and financial giants such as Barclays and Deutsche Bank, are   channeled through two companies owned by Erik Prince, owner of   Blackwater: Total Intelligence Solutions and Terrorism Research Center.   These officers and directors share Blackwater.    One of them, Cofer Black, known for his brutality as one of the   directors of the CIA, was the one who made contact with Monsanto in 2008   as director of Total Intelligence, entering into the contract with the   company to spy on and infiltrate organizations of animal rights   activists, anti-GM and other dirty activities of the biotech giant.    Contacted by Scahill, the Monsanto executive Kevin Wilson declined to   comment, but later confirmed to The Nation that they had hired Total   Intelligence in 2008 and 2009, according to Monsanto only to keep track   of "public disclosure" of its opponents. He also said that Total   Intelligence was a "totally separate entity from Blackwater."    However, Scahill has copies of emails from Cofer Black after the meeting   with Wilson for Monsanto, where he explains to other former CIA agents,   using their Blackwater e-mails, that the discussion with Wilson was that   Total Intelligence had become "Monsanto's intelligence arm," spying on   activists and other actions, including "our people to legally integrate   these groups." Total Intelligence Monsanto paid $ 127,000 in 2008 and $   105,000 in 2009.    No wonder that a company engaged in the "science of death" as Monsanto,   which has been dedicated from the outset to produce toxic poisons   spilling from Agent Orange to PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls),   pesticides, hormones and genetically modified seeds, is associated with   another company of thugs.    Almost simultaneously with the publication of this article in The   Nation, the Via Campesina reported the purchase of 500,000 shares of   Monsanto, for more than $23 million by the Bill and Melinda Gates   Foundation, which with this action completed the outing of the mask of   "philanthropy." Another association that is not surprising.    It is a marriage between the two most brutal monopolies in the history   of industrialism: Bill Gates controls more than 90 percent of the market   share of proprietary computing and Monsanto about 90 percent of the   global transgenic seed market and most global commercial seed. There   does not exist in any other industrial sector monopolies so vast, whose   very existence is a negation of the vaunted principle of "market   competition" of capitalism. Both Gates and Monsanto are very aggressive   in defending their ill-gotten monopolies.    Although Bill Gates might try to say that the Foundation is not linked   to his business, all it proves is the opposite: most of their donations   end up favoring the commercial investments of the tycoon, not really   "donating" anything, but instead of paying taxes to the state coffers,   he invests his profits in where it is favorable to him economically,   including propaganda from their supposed good intentions. On the   contrary, their "donations" finance projects as destructive as   geoengineering or replacement of natural community medicines for   high-tech patented medicines in the poorest areas of the world. What a   coincidence, former Secretary of Health Julio Frenk and Ernesto Zedillo   are advisers of the Foundation.    Like Monsanto, Gates is also engaged in trying to destroy rural farming   worldwide, mainly through the "Alliance for a Green Revolution in   Africa" (AGRA). It works as a Trojan horse to deprive poor African   farmers of their traditional seeds, replacing them with the seeds of   their companies first, finally by genetically modified (GM). To this   end, the Foundation hired Robert Horsch in 2006, the director of   Monsanto. Now Gates, airing major profits, went straight to the source.    Blackwater, Monsanto and Gates are three sides of the same figure: the   war machine on the planet and most people who inhabit it, are peasants,   indigenous communities, people who want to share information and   knowledge or any other who does not want to be in the aegis of profit   and the destructiveness of capitalism.    So why were so many media outlets, editorialists and bloggers clamoring   to say that the purchase was a "hoax"?    That's a good question. The more cynical among us might suspect a   financial incentive from Monsanto itself to such "journalists." Monsanto   indeed has hired a public relations team to seek out critical blogs and   websites reporting on their crimes against both Nature and humankind. We   have seen this first hand in comments on PoliticalBlindSpot.com articles   on Monsanto. It is not beyond the realm of possibilities that they have   created blogs where seemingly legitimate authors write organic thoughts,   observations and rebuttals. The public presumes these are real-world   people, when in fact they are working PR for the company.    But the core argument of those who claim that the Monsanto purchase of   Blackwater is not true lies in the fact that we can only officially   document Blackwater being hired by Monsanto for years. Immediately   following this extensive work that Blackwater did for Monsanto, they   sold the company. Because of the nature of how the sale transpired, it   is impossible to document who the sale was to. The obvious and logical   conclusion to insiders (particularly in the private security industry),   however, is that the sale was in fact to Monsanto who had been employing   the group.    Xe (now *Academi*) has, indeed, been purchased   <http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2010/12/xe-international-blackwater-sold/>,   and while there's no way of DOCUMENTING who the new owners really are,   the logical conclusion would be that Monsanto, who had been employing   them prior to the sale are the new owners. This, of course, would also   make sense of the secrecy surrounding the deal and the identity of the   new owners. The company was bought out   <http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iv14RnpjJqraPQCs5aVH9PUXN9Jw?docId=CNG.ee663915284de0064f72d69189fad44d.71> by   private investors via private equity companies that don't have to   divulge any of their dealings, with Bank of America providing much of   the $200 million in financing   <http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2010/12/16/blackwater-founder-in-deal-to-sell-company/?partner=rss&emc=rss> for   the deal.        New York-based USTC Holdings said it will acquire Xe and its core      operating subsidiaries, but did not disclose the price or terms of      the agreement in a statement.        USTC Holdings is an investor consortium led by private equity firms      Forte Capital Advisors and Manhattan Partners.    Various researchers have been trying to document the buy via a paper   trail, but so far without much luck. That, of course, is the point...    *Keeping it private*    One thing that is known   <http://manhattan-partners.com/pdf/xe_services_acquired.pdf>: Forte   Capital Advisors is the baby of long-time Blackwater ally Jason De Yonker:        DeYonker has unique experience with the Company that dates back to      its founding in the late 1990s. He advised the Company through      development of its early business plan and expansion of the Moyock      training facility as well as supporting negotiations of its first      training contracts with U.S. government agencies. Between 1998 and      2002, Mr. DeYonker co-managed Xe founder, Erik Prince's family      office which included management of Mr. Prince's portfolio companies.    What does that mean? The guy is a glorified accountant   <http://fortenyc.com/bios_jason_deyonker.html>.        Prior to joining Forté, Jason co-managed a +$100 million family      office. In addition to actively managing various platform companies,      Jason was a part of the executive team responsible for family wealth      management.        Jason has spent the last 18 years advising on various mergers,      acquistions and divestitures with an aggregate transaction value      greater than $1 billion. Jason's experience include: transaction      advisory, portfolio management, real estate development, venture      capital and cross border dealings. Jason began his career with      Arthur Andersen Corporate Finance Group, and was a Director in      Deloitte & Touche's Corporate Finance Group. He also was the Finance      Director for the West Family Trust, a venture capital group focused      on cross-border transactons.        Jason recieved a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a      concentration in finance and accounting, from the Univeristy of      Michigan.    The other investor? It looks like the very junior partner will be   Manhattan Partners <http://manhattan-partners.com/>, a private equity   company -- a shop that gathers money from anonymous rich investors and   uses the pool of cash to  leverage buyouts of big companies they   wouldn't have been able to take over on their own.    Manhattan Partners invests in "compelling growth and special situation   transactions <http://manhattan-partners.com/>," but this will be their   first known foray into defense industries -- WarIsBusiness.com reports   <http://www.warisbusiness.com/features/deal-of-the-month/the-blackwater-vegan-soap-connection/> (via   Spencer Ackerman   <http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2010/12/will-blackwater-go-vegan-after-sale-to-hippy-firm/>):        Manhattan Growth Partners is led by Dean Bosacki and Patrick      McBride. Bosacki serves on the board of "the world's largest      commencement photography <http://www.gradimages.com/> business,"      among other companies. Manhattan Growth Partners, which describes      itself as "a progressive thinking private equity firm," also holds a      majority interest in Hugo Naturals, a line of organic,      vegan-friendly soaps, lotions, scents and soy candles sold at Whole      Foods and other greenwashed retailers.    At the end of the day, it would seem the logical conclusion is that in   spite of arguments to the contrary, Monsanto in fact did by the   Blackwater mercenary group... or at least the renamed Blackwater Xe (now   *Academi*) Services group. The big question now is /why/?    --   Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415   863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org  -------------- next part --------------  An HTML attachment was scrubbed...  URL: <http://freedomarchives.org/pipermail/news_freedomarchives.org/attachments/20130702/0c6706f9/attachment.html>