Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) went to Niger, got caught in the middle of a military coup, and had to be rescued and flown out of the country by Xe Services, a military contractor, formerly known as Blackwater.
Daniel Schulman, writing for Mother Jones Online on Alternet reports:
Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) who made his substantial fortune by suing military contractors and later
lambasted them as a lawmaker, was indeed evacuated from Niger by
personnel working for Xe Services (the private security empire formally
known as Blackwater), his spokesman confirms.
Grayson was spending your money and mine, while he reportedly was traveld Niger as part of a science and technology congressional delegation:
He was taken to the U.S. embassy and put under guard — it’s not
clear by whom — and then flown to Brukina Faso, according to CNN.
More from Daniel Schulman:
…a Blackwater executive testifying before Congress today said, in an
apparent reference to Grayson: “Xe Services, through its subsidiary
Presidential Airways, provides aviation support and medevac services to
Defense Department personnel in Africa. Just last week, our personnel
evacuated a congressman from Niger during civil unrest.”
Grayson, a razor-tongued trash talking attack dog sued an American security firm operating in Iraq, Custer Battles LLC ,for “false claims,” and won the case. His fees for the case exceeded $4 million. At the time this case was settled in 2006, the Wall Street Journal described Grayson this way:
A fierce critic of the war in Iraq, Mr. Grayson drives an aging Cadillac
emblazoned with anti-administration bumper stickers such as “Bush Lied,
People Died.” …
Here’s some insight into Alan Grayson from his constitutents. The important part of the video below starts about 1 minute 40 seconds in.