For the most part, it seems they represent us very badly. In some cases, the “contractors” are not even Americans, though they work for US institutions. But their nationality does not matter to the men who hire them. The guys who own and run these “security contractors” are only in it for the thrills and the money…. mostly the money. Ditto for the hired hands.
Overall, contractors (armed and unarmed) now make up approximately 50% of the "total force in Centcom AOR [Area of Responsibility]." This means there are a whopping 242,657 contractors working on these two
"We expect similar dependence on contractors in future contingency operations," according to the contractor "State of the
Of course, we all know about the Blackwater killings on the streets of
Farid Walid, who was shot in
A just-amended lawsuit alleges six additional instances of unprovoked attacks on Iraqi civilians by Blackwater contractors. Three people, including a 9-year-old boy, are said to have died.
Also added to the suit is a racketeering count accusing Blackwater founder Erik Prince of running an ongoing criminal enterprise involved in, among other things, kidnapping and child prostitution. The latest charges, filed this week in U.S. District Court in
….. The racketeering count added to the suit this week accuses Prince's companies of engaging in murder, weapons smuggling, money laundering, tax evasion, kidnapping, child prostitution, illegal drug use and destruction of evidence.
In short, they are accused of engaging in war crimes. (But then, the whole invasion and occupation of
Well, I don’t know if the last statement is true, but they sure did kill a lot of Iraqis who were unarmed. If they cared about Iraqi lives, it seems to me that less of that would have happened. And, they are still in
Blackwater has different names now, like “Xe” or “DynCorp” or “US Training Center”.
"The public perception in
And over in
The shooting deaths of Raheb Dost, 24, and another Afghan civilian by four gunmen with the company once known as Blackwater have turned an entire neighborhood against the
…… A June report by the Commission on Wartime Contracting in
Well, I guess we can be reassured that they are not engaging in weapons smuggling, prostitution, or money laundering……yet.
Photo above: Mirza Mohammed Dost at the grave of his son, Raheb, 24, who was shot by Blackwater (now Xe) security contractors in May as he walked in his neighborhood. Another man was also shot fatally and a third was wounded. (Rick Loomis /
Since February, oversight of security contractors in
It is no wonder there is so much violence and corruption under the mercenaries – it is the wild, wild west out there in the countries were the US decides to make war or occupation.
There was another incident that caused a great deal of trouble. President Karzai accused Afghan guards working for US forces of killing the police chief of
President Hamid Karzai accused Afghan guards working for
Killing the police chief of a major city cannot be good for the overall security situation.
And Blackwater is feared in
One Pakistani man said that they (Blackwater) are creating a state within a state, and he questioned if the streets of
And the latest story to come out – that the CIA hired Blackwater to kill “jihadists” back in 2004.
It is unclear whether the C.I.A. had planned to use the contractors to actually capture or kill Qaeda operatives, or just to help with training and surveillance in the program. American spy agencies have in recent years outsourced some highly controversial work, including the interrogation of prisoners. But government officials said that bringing outsiders into a program with lethal authority raised deep concerns about accountability in covert operations.
This development, when Panetta found out, inspired him to go and brief Congress. They had been kept in the dark about this for years. Panetta also ended this program, reportedly because it was not successful. From that same article:
The C.I.A. this summer conducted an internal review of the assassination program that recently was presented to the White House and the Congressional intelligence committees. The officials said that the review stated that Mr. Panetta’s predecessors did not believe that they needed to tell Congress because the program was not far enough developed.
That reminds me of something Bill Moyers said back in the 1980’s – if the CIA will brag about killing off foreign heads of state, what would they do that they would be hesitant to brag about? Of course, THAT question takes us right into CT land.
As to this particular program at this particular time, it is claimed that the Blackwater “security contractors” did not kill any al Qaeda operatives. I wonder how many innocent civilians were killed by them while pursuing these “al Qaeda operatives”. Blackwater, by the way, is so closely connected to the CIA that the CIA uses their facilities in
It’s a dirty web we weave, when we practice to deceive. And that is exactly what the
This week, government officials and current and former Blackwater employees said the company had also taken on a role in the
Well, that certainly explains why so many civilians are being killed in those drone bombings…. Blackwater is running it! Or helping to run it.
Meanwhile, Raytheon, the corporation that supplies many technical elements of the Predator drones, is advertising for a technician to help "troubleshoot" the surveillance camera used on the unmanned vehicles. A senior Senate staff aide familiar with defense matters said yesterday that such technicians are needed "because the equipment is so advanced" that the best workers are those from the companies that helped build the drones and not from the military.
And WHY did I find this funny? Because our military is using equipment that they cannot even control!! This, of course, means that the “security contractors” have them over a barrel. This is both funny and frightening.
If you support the continued occupation of