Well, here is something I never would have suspected:
Erik Prince, America's most notorious mercenary, is lurking in the shadows of the incoming Trump administration. A former senior U.S. official who has advised the Trump transition told The Intercept that Prince has been advising the team on matters related to intelligence and defense, including weighing in on candidates for the Defense and State departments. The official asked not to be identified because of a transition policy prohibiting discussion of confidential deliberations.
On election night, Prince’s latest wife, Stacy DeLuke, posted pictures from inside Trump’s campaign headquarters as Donald Trump and Mike Pence watched the returns come in, including a close shot of Pence and Trump with their families. “We know some people who worked closely with [Trump] on his campaign,” DeLuke wrote. “Waiting for the numbers to come in last night. It was well worth the wait!!!! #PresidentTrump2016.” Prince’s sister, billionaire Betsy DeVos, is Trump’s nominee for education secretary and Prince (and his mother) gave large sums of money to a Trump Super PAC.
In July, Prince told Trump’s senior adviser and white supremacist Steve Bannon, at the time head of Breitbart News, that the Trump administration should recreate a version of the Phoenix Program, the CIA assassination ring that operated during the Vietnam War, to fight ISIS. Such a program, Prince said, could kill or capture “the funders of Islamic terror and that would even be the wealthy radical Islamist billionaires funding it from the Middle East, and any of the other illicit activities they’re in.”
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I'm sure it's just a coincidence, but if Betsy DeVos becomes Secretary of Education, will our schools become more like the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly known as School of the Americas)?
I am about halfway through The Phoenix Program by Douglas Valentine. The impression I am getting is that Phoenix was poorly run and that it's chief accomplishment was the assassination of everyone suspected of being VCI cadre, including innocent people turned in by their personal enemies just so they would be tortured and killed.
Do we really need an expanded torture / kill program? I shudder to think what Trump may do with the tools being handed over to him by Obama ad-Dajjal. By the way, for an excellent discussion of Obama's role is paving the way for Trump's future atrocities, read this blog post: