While Erik continued the Prince family tradition of supporting the right-wing Christian movement, his Blackwater empire was steadily growing in the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina. How fast it would grow wouldn't become clear until two planes smashed into the World Trade Center a year later, in a horrible tragedy that would fuel Erik Prince's meteoric rise to become head of one of the most powerful private armies in the world. Prince would soon draw on his father's ideals and money to build up an army of soldiers who would serve on the front lines of a global battle, waged largely on Muslim lands, that an evangelical President Prince helped put in the White House would boldly define as a "crusade."
Source: Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, Pages: 24
Contributed by: Allison