Total Intelligence Solutions and the Terrorism Research Center (TRC), companies owned by Blackwater founder Erik Prince, were contracted by several U.S. Corporations including The Walt Disney Company, according to a recent report by The Nation‘s Jeremy Scahill.
According to the report, which cites Blackwater internal documents:
‘The Walt Disney Company hired Total Intelligence and TRC to do a “threat assessment” for potential film shoot locations in Morocco, with former CIA officials [Cofer] Black and [Robert] Richer reaching out to their former Moroccan intel counterparts for information. The job provided a “good chance to impress Disney,” one company executive wrote. How impressed Disney was is not clear; in 2009 the company paid Total Intelligence just $24,000.’
This of course would align itself neatly with the filming of Jerry Bruckheimer’s Prince of Persia which spent quite a bit of its time shooting on location in Morocco. Evidently poisonous snakes, scorpions and Hansassins weren’t the only concern on the production company’s mind.
The CIA and The Walt Disney Company have connections going back years, although on a far more jovial level. This article from the CIA examines the link its predecessor, the OSS, has with Disney in the form of Robert Carey Broughton.
Even Walt Disney himself has well documented ties to the J. Edgar Hoover FBI administration, including a often told anecdote involving the agency’s concern over Disney’s That Darn Cat.