|From:||Lenny Siegel <email@example.com>|
|Date:||Thu, 15 May 2008 08:19:33 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||[CPEO-MEF] MUNITIONS, CONTRACTORS: Blackwater facility opposed in Otay Mesa (CA)|
Blackwater's proposed San Diego training facility draws criticismOpponents say the firm used the names of other entities to gain permits to remodel an Otay Mesa warehouse. The firm says it needs a center to fulfill a Navy contract.
By Tony Perry Los Angeles Times May 15, 2008SAN DIEGO - Blackwater Worldwide, the global security firm whose conduct in Iraq has drawn criticism, is again trying to open a training facility in the face of local opposition.
In March, the firm dropped plans to build a 220-acre training camp in rural Potrero, about 45 miles east of downtown San Diego. A coalition of rural property owners, environmentalists and antiwar activists opposed its effort to build a "combat town."
But the coalition did not know that Blackwater was simultaneously moving to open a smaller facility with a shooting range in Otay Mesa, within the city limits and near the Mexican border.
The other project became known to the public only after leaders of the coalition received a tip from someone with inside information.
... For the entire article, see http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-blackwater15-2008may15,0,791089.story -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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