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Blackwater

  1. 1. Private Security in Iraq
  2. 2. Erik Prince Defense of Blackwater <ul><li>September 16 incident involving Blackwater was effectively addressed by Erik Prince. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employees go through a rigorous hiring and training process to ensure the best workers are deployed. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blackwater follows the 1,000 page WPPS document and State Department Standards. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are multiple steps taken before employees are instructed to shoot which minimizes the possibility of killing innocent civilians. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. September 16 incident continued <ul><li>There was a Blackwater vehicle that was not drivable after the incident which indicates that the employees were not attacking innocent civilians but that they were defending themselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Erik Prince agreed that if the FBI uncovered that innocent civilians were killed in the September 16 incident then the employees in the attack should be held accountable. </li></ul><ul><li>No diplomat under the care of Blackwater has been killed in Iraq which shows that Blackwater has been extremely effective in assisting the United States military. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Approach to Criticism of Blackwater <ul><li>Prince should provide quantitative data to show the effectiveness of Blackwater in Iraq. </li></ul><ul><li>Show comparative data between Blackwater and other private security companies in Iraq. </li></ul><ul><li>Obtain testimonials from Military personnel to show that Blackwater is a necessity. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Blackwater addresses Private Warriors <ul><li>The private warrior documentary shows the harsh conditions that private security employees face daily. </li></ul><ul><li>Experience personnel is hired for private security sectors and undergo intensive training. </li></ul><ul><li>Blackwater followed a detailed guideline that is in conjunction with the State Department Standards. </li></ul><ul><li>Furthermore, this documentary is not representative of Blackwater personnel and in no way should be attributed to our employees. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Model of Public Relations <ul><li>Blackwater is using the Public Information Model of Public Relations. This is shown by the distribution of information about the company and employees, but it does not have a persuasive intent. </li></ul><ul><li>It is necessary for Blackwater to release complete and accurate information to the public in order for the public to understand the need for private security sectors to be located in Iraq. </li></ul>

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