Web Stats Provided By Google Analytics

The Port Chester Blog Of Record

The Port Chester Blog Of Record - Brain Harrod Editor / Publisher

Monday, October 15, 2007

10/15/07 - Did Port Chester Police Train With Blackwater?

Blackwater Training Center: Over 6000 acres of private land

Blackwater training police in American cities and towns

Source: Wayne Madsen Report

Has the Port Chester Police Department Been Training With Blackwater?

See # 7 Below


October 14-15, 2007 -- Blackwater training police in American cities and towns

The mercenary firm Blackwater USA is well known for the controversy involving its "shoot first, ask no questions" policy in Iraq. It is also known that Louisiana's Department of Homeland Security contracted with Blackwater to provide public law enforcement services in New Orleans following hurricane Katrina. Blackwater is also planning to establish regional training centers in Potrero, California and Mount Carroll, Illinois, billed as Blackwater West and Blackwater North, respectively.

These training centers, in addition to Blackwater's Lodge and Training Center in Moyock, North Carolina -- Blackwater East -- and a possible fourth rumored to be slated for the Pacific Northwest -- Blackwater Northwest -- may result in the establishment of a network of Blackwater-trained police, sheriffs, and other police units around the country. Given Blackwater's dismal record on human rights and brutality, this spells trouble for civilian control of police and paramilitary forces in the United States, from major metropolitan areas to small rural towns.

On October 14, the Washington Post ran a story, which included photographs from Blackwater's Moyock training center. However, what was most intriguing was a photograph of a police and military patch board at Blackwater's headquarters that indicated the police agencies that have sent their officers to Moyock for training.

Blackwater is secretive about its non-federal, as well as its foreign clients, which the Post pointed out includes Jordan, Azerbaijan, and Burkina Faso, but a WMR inspection of the photograph of the police agencies has yielded the following list of agencies that have used Blackwater for training:

1. Iowa Department of Natural Resources

2. Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff's Department

3. Matthews, North Carolina Police

4. Atlanta Police

5. Chillicothe, Ohio Police

6. Charleston, South Carolina Police

7. Port Chester, NY Police .....

....53. Dallas, Texas Police.

A number of the police departments that have been trained by Blackwater have abysmal civil rights and police brutality records, most notably the Chicago Police and Illinois State Police, both cited by former Illinois Governor George Ryan as being guilty of police misconduct in his decision to commute the death sentences of Illinois' death row inmates

The training and potential political indoctrination of police officers by the extreme right-wing and proto-fascist Blackwater, coupled with the politicization of the Justice Department and U.S. courts, has the potential for the streets of Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, and Washington, DC, as well as Chillicothe, Harvey Cedars, and Elmira to turn as bloody as the streets of Baghdad and Fallujah.

The citizens of Port Chester have a right to know if Blackwater has or is currently training their police officers. Local officials should reveal the numbers and identities of any officers trained by Blackwater, the subjects covered by the training, and the revenues spent.

If the Port Chester Police Department has trained with Blackwater, they should be made to cease and desist in such training.

10/15/07 - The Pride Of Port Chester Keeps On Marching. Band Members Perform For 1,000 Spectators In Ryan Stadium

The Port Chester High School marching band performs yesterday during the school's Home Band Competition.



Rafael Garcia was a tad nervous yesterday, but didn't have the jitters he felt the week before when the Port Chester High School marching band performed at Giants Stadium.

"This is much calmer," the 17-year-old tuba player said of yesterday's 25th annual Musical Arts Conference competition at Port Chester High School.

"The sound is so much bigger in Giants Stadium," Garcia said, looking crisp in his navy blue uniform. "With the 10-foot wall we had to play over, we had to keep our horns up."

There were no walls to muffle the sound at the high school's football field. Eleven New York and Connecticut marching bands, including the Port Chester Middle School Band, provided energetic and colorful performances to about 1,000 spectators filling the stands.


Go To The Port Chester Roundup Home Page

The Raw Port Chester Blog And RSS Feed

Most Popular Posts - Last Seven Days

Most Popular Posts - Last 30 Days

Most Popular Posts - All Time