Scahill, a regular contributor to the Nation, offers a hard-left perspective on Blackwater USA, the self-described private military contractor and. Jeremy Scahill: The only punishment doled out to US security men of the leading US mercenary firm Blackwater, has seldom appeared in. Review: Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Scahill demonstrates the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to a.

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I opposed the invasion of Iraq from day one, though was happy to see one less dictator in the world who had committed genocide against a portion of his own population.

Scahill almost invariably characterizes statements from supporters as misleading spin or the conspiratorial lies of right-wing, neoconservative, Christian fundamentalist Republicans. Jeremy Scahill has an ax to grind and a bladkwater amount of bias shows through in this expose of Blackwater’s corporate army.

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Krieg gegen das eigene Volk. This book covers Iraq and mercenaries in great detail. The other thing is that the government makes its money through taxation, and in many cases it seems that this is little more than a shifting of wealth from the poor and middle classes to the wealthy elite. It seems appropriate somehow that Bush was more concerned with property than with residents.

This book was published in and updated inbut a June article in Nation magazine written by Scahill brings us up to date: There are many questionable aspects to the rise of mercenary forces in the “war on terror. South Africa recently banned all “South Africans from participating ‘as a combatant for private gain in an armed conflict’ or from involvement in ‘any act aimed at overthrowing a government or undermining the constitutional order, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of a state” EXCEPT in “legitimate armed struggles, including struggles waged, in accordance with international humanitarian law, for national liberation; self-determination independence blackwatsr colonialism, or resistance against occupation, aggression, or domination by foreign nationals or foreign forces.

In short, The Nation choir will sing its praises, but comes far short of claiming the conclusions it stakes out at the end. The biggest problem with contractors like Blackwater from the perspective of the county and the world is that they are essentially mercenaries. I am no fan of, in example, Focus on the Family conservative Christian non-profit group but Erik Prince has every right to donate some of his ample wealth to this group—just as, say, Barbra Streisand has every right to donate some of her ample wealth to liberal causes.

The next day came the news that the FBI team assigned to look into the incident in Baghdad had a contract with Blackwater itself to provide security for their investigation.


Singer’s “Corporate Warriors” sets out to be an expose rather than a work of analysis, When I was a boy, I did want to be a mercenary soldier one day I’ll admit that. The author clearly has a liberal slant, but it is also clear he has done his homework one can also compare his conclusions with current news on Blackwater. He’s brilliant, he obviously knows what’s going on in the world, he’s a first-class investigative journalist, a crusader for the truth, and I sincerely applaud him for what he does.

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If blackwster have any interest in this, and want to have some details to back up your understanding that Blackwater is just appalling, check out the book.

Oct 20, Mike rated it liked it. Plus Bush was on the campaign trail so this would fire up all the dumb rednecks in the States and they needed this as propaganda to justify going full bore into Fallujah. They are exempt from the US Uniform Code of Military Justice because they are “civilians”, and much worse, no law can touch them at all. But on Tuesday he found himself in front of a Congressional committee, TV cameras trained on his boyish face.

The scandal of Blackwater

Dec 06, Andrew Obrigewitsch rated it liked it Shelves: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Lastly, I found myself wishing Scahill was a business reporter – I think there’s a big story in where the money is coming blaxkwater and where it’s going and I don’t think this is explored well. He also serves as a correspondent for the U. Now think about that, they were saying, in essence, go ahead and make all the money you want, however you want, and screww the government all you want, because we say it’s OK.

I do have some quibbles with this book. Prince confirmed that Blackwater had blackwaher him out of Iraq and fired him, and said that he had been fined and billed for his return ticket.

And I hate to do this, because I saw Jeremy Scahill speak a scahhill months ago and I genuinely liked him. I used to subscribe to The Nationbut eventually found its “reporting” to be wildly simplistic, dogmatic and plain uninteresting.

Academi books Current affairs books Military books Books about companies. Among other things, what disturbs me the most about private companies is that they can commit any crime, including murder or use of illegal weapons, with impunity. Well this is the history of Blackwater.

Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army

It is true that companies tend not to pay tax in the same way as we do, but the thing is that companies are taxed on profits, as opposed to earnings, which makes sense. Also, Blackwater no longer exists, since it not only changed its name, but has also been bought out by a larger company. That sounds like a reasonable idea, until we raise the question of whether there is going to be any accountability, and where do you draw the line. We know that Americans will tolerate any kind of foreign intervention if there are few to no bodies of American soldiers coming home.


Between it being a last minute assignment, at least one of the guys was in the doghouse with higher ups, the Iraqis not only had a camera there to record the whole event but they had an anti-American sign written up in ENGLISH all ready to show. Anyone interested in black ops will understand that, yeah, when dealing with secret projects such is expected.

Even their American teachers were reactivated for training in Iraq so that the fighters were also up to date in the field of asymmetrical warfare, abduction, embarrassing interrogation techniques and needle-sticking operations. Many of the scwhill cited in the book, from Sierra Leone, to car bombings in the Middle East, to the ravages of Darfur, prove that blckwater worst cases require new answers – more mobile, more efficient, more versatile forces, buoyed by more in-depth intelligence.

The fact that the concentration of wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer people leads to worrying developments is an old known fact, the description of which almost bursts the history books. That the mercenaries had been specifically exempted from the standard rules of engagement which applied to the military could only make things worse. 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 cont A good book scahhill subject matter that raises a lot of questions, but Scahill doesn’t always do a satisfactory job of answering them.

This, armed scahipl immunity from prosecution and the duties and responsibilities of the police and military, could also operate within Western democracies. The author makes the point that guns were on the ground long before humanitarian aid was deployed.

It should keep us from just going to war with anyone we dislike, without cause. He didn’t seem to have a convincing argument against that.