Rohrabacher stands behind Blackwater chief

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has more than a passing interest in the recent controversy surrounding Blackwater USA. The owner is a friend of his.

Erik Prince, the president of Blackwater, was an intern in Rohrabacher’s Capitol Hill office in 1990 and they have since become friends. Rohrabacher is furious at the congressional inquiries into incidents in Iraq where Blackwater security guards have been accused of killing Iraqi civilians.

“I think the Democrats should be ashamed of themselves,” Rohrabacher, R-Huntington Beach, said in a telephone interview Monday.

Prince, Rohrabacher said, has “had thousands of people involved in a warlike situation and has an insignificant number of bad eggs in that group.”

In the wake of the Blackwater controversy, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice last week ordered video cameras be installed in the company’s vehicles and federal agents will ride with the security contractors who escort diplomatic convoys. The FBI is investigating the Iraqi incidents.

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