That said, I’ll say that Jeremy Scahill’s “Blackwater” gets points for reportage, for his interviews and legwork. “Blackwater”, unlike P.W. Singer’s “Corporate. Jeremy Scahill: The only punishment doled out to US security men involved in deadly shootings is a jet home. Buy the Paperback Book Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill at , Canada’s largest bookstore. + Get Free Shipping on books over $25!.

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While Scahill claims he requested interviews with Erik Prince and other Blackwater executives and was refused any such interviews, this is about as close to approa This is a tough book to review: They also quote the US founding fathers whenever possible, but never that crap Washington came off with about never telling a lie — what was that guy on, anyway?

They work for the State Department and US military, but neither monitors mercenary actions. On September 16,machine gun fire erupted in Baghdad’s Nisour Square, leaving seventeen Iraqi civilians dead, among them women and children.

It is the dream of Chuck Prince and associates that private armies would enter foreign svahill only with the U. Initially, logistics and supply tasks were primarily to be placed in the hands blackwqter private companies so that the army could concentrate on the primary responsibility of the struggle. But he’s better at the small-scale stuff the story of how a bunch of Chilean Blackwater recruits ended up fighting an American war in Iraq, for instance than he is at the big-picture context, and that’s what ended up making this a disappointing read for me.

A real expose of corruption at the highest sachill of government. This book is already scary, and I’m only 20 pages into it. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page.

The author’s anti-Christian and left-leaning Liberal bias is so strong as to taint any facts presented in this text, regardless of whether you are liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat.

The scandal of Blackwater

It is one jsremy to have a strong opinion, but quite another to let that brilliant idea cloud your judgment and from his style, I am r I’d quite like to like this book. S11 Ep43 53m 33s checkmark Add to Watchlist. Scahill’s book slides gracefully between stories of massacres and contracted soldiers dying from cheap business practices, to tracing the behind the scenes money and motives, and onto synthesis about why, tying these specific examples of horror and scandal clearly into the greater system of privatization that has surged forward in these past ten years.

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Topics US news Opinion. Group 2 Shop Has dropdown. Like many other reviewers, I bought this book hoping to get a historical perspective on the Blackwater company.

Screening personnel, assuring adherence to contracts, auditing expenses those are all legitimate issues, and Scahill rightly points out abuses and failings.

This is probably since Blackwater is so secretive, and because few of Blackwater’s people wanted to do interviews with Scahill, which is a shame, since then we pretty much only hear Scahill’s side of the story. There is another missed scajill in the chapter on Blackwater after Dcahill – to observe that we had boots on the ground with guns on the Gulf Coast before there was humanitarian aid is disturbing, but again I would have liked more information about this and an analysis of how outsourcing is impacting our disaster relief efforts.

This was of the other problems, and that is the idea of the no-bid contract. Retrieved from ” https: They can refuse to provide information scahiill their business conduct on scaihll that the contracts contain proprietary information. Also, training various Iraqi ethnic militias to act as death squads in a tactic they actually call the Salvadoran Option.

Another point that was laughable was when he talked about Blackwater’s “dubious” business practices. Take it a step further. From the perspective of the families of the contractors who are killed due to the careless policies of Blackwater and, by extension, the U.

If you only charged what it cost you, you would never make any money. It’s clear that Scahill believes that Blackwater is evil and I can’t say that I disagree with him. S11 Ep42 53m 40s checkmark Add to Watchlist. I did find, however, that Scahill reached a little bit by stating that Blackwater was the “Praetorian Guard” for the Bush administration and that it was a militia of sorts for the theoconservative movement.

Learn More about PBS online sponsorship. The first plans for privatization in the military sector have been around since the 90s, but only paved the New York attacks and the proclaimed war on terror even more expansionary growth. Scahill’s book should be highly commended for its incredible wealth of information about Blackwater, the people at the head of the company, and the actors that influenced and supported the private security firms during the first three years of the Iraq War.


I listened to the Blackstone Audio production audio read by Tom not Tim Weiner and thought it terrific.

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You’ve just tried to add this video to your Watchlist so you can watch it later. Another issue I had with this book was how often Scahill would abandon a topic he brought up often for something less interesting at that such as when he starts to make connections between Blackwater and the CIA’s rendition flights then, after he admits he really doesn’t have any clear evidence to support his musings, simple drops the topic altogether.

Companies like Blackwater now re-named developed in order to sell technical training to police and military, and only second to provide armed security and direct military service. Probably the scariest thing is Blackwater is angling to jerejy some sort of global mercenary “peacekeeping” force for the Jeremj Nations. This is a tough book to review: Here is some feable umbrage I got going on, all kinds of impotent rage: I don’t think their politics really surprise anyone.

I wonder how that efficiency argument can hold if it is repeatedly stressed in the book that private contractors are paid 3 times as high as a US military personnel.

Okay, that does sort of make sense when nobody else wants the job, or nobody else is equipped to do the job, so it is going to be no-bid. There are serious concerns that should be addressed related to the use of private military forces, but this book cannot contribute meaningfully to any discussion because of its political presumptions, strident tone scabill lack of content.