Wow, a little bit of good local news for us San Diego folks. Blackwater USA, America’s favorite brand of mercenary, has been planning to construct and run a training camp in the rural San Diego county town of Potrero. This plan has been opposed by a dedicated group of activists, but San Diego is a pretty military-friendly town, I never knew how popular or unpopular the project would be.
But last week, Blackwater announced that they would no longer seek to build their training camp in Potrero. The activists are claiming victory, Blackwater is claiming that their decision is solely due to financial concerns and noise regulations, and I wonder how much last summer’s wildfires that tore through Potrero might have helped their decision along.
Any way you slice it, this is good news. Let’s keep an eye out for their next proposed base, and try to stop that one too.
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