Breakfast With Blackwater

"If you start waving around the notion of forced external interventions to transform the situation, you will kick the pins out from under the operation," said Morrison, which, he said, would mean disaster for the refugees.

The Financial Times reported in June, before Farrow and Prince had discussed meeting together, that Farrow asked Blackwater for help in Darfur. Farrow's organization, Dream for Darfur, said it asked the FT to retract the story.

Dream for Darfur Director Jill Savitt, who was at the breakfast meeting with Farrow and Prince, said that though the FT report was untrue, both Farrow and Prince had been talking to the media separately about Darfur. She said a reporter who knows both Farrow and Prince gave Farrow's contact information to Prince and that he called her to set the date.

The meeting between the unlikely allies has raised eyebrows among experts who learned of it from ABC News, in particular because of Blackwater's controversial reputation.

Blackwater employees have been involved in two deadly incidents in Iraq that proved to be public relations disasters for the company.

The first was the slaying and mutilation of four Blackwater contractors in 2004 in Fallujah that led to congressional hearings about the protection Blackwater provided its employees.

The second, a September 2007 shooting at a crowded Baghdad intersection that killed 17 Iraqis, triggered congressional hearings and investigations from more than a dozen federal agencies.

Federal prosecutors have sent target letters to six of the security guards involved in the September shooting, indicating a high likelihood the Justice Department will seek to indict at least some of the men, according to reports by the Washington Post on Sunday.

An Iraqi government investigation concluded that the security contractors fired without provocation. Blackwater has said its personnel acted in self-defense.

The company has earned more than $1 billion since 2001 in government contracts, much of it providing security and protective services for U.S. diplomats working in Iraq.

Farrow said she and Prince discussed how he could help the African Union forces at cost, and could do it with the number of troops which are currently deployed.

There are currently 9,200 African Union/United Nations troops on the ground in the Darfur region. Bashir has authorized 26,000 troops to enter Darfur, but since he insisted on the predominantly African character of the force, there are not currently enough soldiers to fill that quota.

A spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping mission said the U.N. "optimistically" hopes to have 20,000 troops on the ground by the end of the year.

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