Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Water Getting Deeper -- Blackwater, Secret New Military for Profit

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The newest scandal rising possibly to obscure numerous others... Complete Documentary, Iraq For Sale at bottom of article:


Blackwater

"We know virtually nothing about this. We think about 40 cents of every dollar goes to private military contractors. We think about 800 of them have been killed in Iraq, but we don't know that. They're not even counted. And we think there's about 25,000 to 40,000 engaged in military activities, combat-related activities. And we can't find out."
-Jan Schakowsky

There are a growing number of private military contractors, PMC's, that until now have gone unnoticed for the most part, hidden in the pork fat of other more visible companies like Halliburton, but not all the people in Iraq and Afghanistan working on contract, are building roads and driving trucks. As confused and disapproving as the American public may be about the reported insurgency, imagine their reaction as they discover an additional layer of secret mercenaries who could very well be either forming death squads or driving their getaway cars after assassinations.

According to Jeremy Scahill of The Nation in his new book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army,

"The often overlooked subplot of the wars of the post-9/11 period is their unprecedented scale of outsourcing and privatization. From the moment the US troop buildup began in advance of the invasion of Iraq, the Pentagon made private contractors an integral part of the operations. Even as the government gave the public appearance of attempting diplomacy, Halliburton was prepping for a massive operation. When US tanks rolled into Baghdad in March 2003, they brought with them the largest army of private contractors ever deployed in modern war. By the end of Rumsfeld's tenure in late 2006, there were an estimated 100,000 private contractors on the ground in Iraq--an almost one-to-one ratio with active-duty American soldiers." Scahill continues:
"To the great satisfaction of the war industry, before Rumsfeld resigned he took the extraordinary step of classifying private contractors as an official part of the US war machine. In the Pentagon's 2006 Quadrennial Review, Rumsfeld outlined what he called a 'road map for change' at the DoD, which he said had begun to be implemented in 2001.
[The report] defined the 'Department's Total Force' as its active and reserve military components, civil servants, and contractors--making up its warfighting capability and capacity. Members of the Total Force serve in thousands of locations around the world, performing a vast array of duties to accomplish critical missions.' This formal designation represented a major triumph for war contractors--conferring on them a legitimacy they had never before enjoyed."
Jon Voight as Milo Minderbinder, defending his profiteering
Catch 22, 1970

The above scene from Catch 22 reminds us of a looming possibility of corruption and profiteering. Though they were just playing characters, the actors in this Middle Eastern play are real. Some of these private soldiers are making more in one month than their military counterparts are making in a year, yet they have no accountability to the Uniform Code of Military Justice in most cases. Their deaths and injuries are not reported and their activities are likely illegal according to various treaties the US has signed over the years.

Scahill:
"Contractors have provided the Bush Administration with political cover, allowing the government to deploy private forces in a war zone free of public scrutiny, with the deaths, injuries and crimes of those forces shrouded in secrecy. The Administration and the GOP-controlled Congress in turn have shielded the contractors from accountability, oversight and legal constraints. Despite the presence of more than 100,000 private contractors on the ground in Iraq, only one has been indicted for crimes or violations. 'We have over 200,000 troops in Iraq and half of them aren't being counted, and the danger is that there's zero accountability,' says Democrat Dennis Kucinich, one of the leading Congressional critics of war contracting."
It seems that one layer of corruption after another acts as distraction from even larger evils, lurking underneath. Of course, one has to wonder who is watching hen house during this minority controlled insurgency?

Iraq For Sale, 1hr15min (Complete)

5 comments:

prop7x7 said...

Section 8 of Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution lists the Powers of the Congress of the United States.
This section begins with the words, “The Congress shall have the Power To…”
The twelfth paragraph of this section reserves to the Congress the power, “To declare war, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;”
A letter of marque is issued by a nation to privateers or mercenaries to act on behalf of that nation for the purpose of retaliating against another nation for committing some wrong against it.
The eleventh paragraph of this section reserves to the Congress the power, “To define and punish Piracies and Felonies on the high seas, and [for] Offences against the Law of Nations;”
It appears that the Pentagon has usurped the Constitutional power of the Congress by hiring contracted mercenaries and allowing them to operate unchecked in Iraq. Congress has both the right, and the responsibility to seek full disclosure from those responsible for turning these hired guns loose on the Iraqi people and exact appropriate consequences. The question is, Will they?”

martyr366 said...

WOW, why am I surprised! I am wondering, how do they fund this? Where are the bean counters? How much of our taxes go to these BUSHWACKING ideas?

Anonymous said...

Last week I was traveling on business and happened to stumble across a Blackwater training facility where they teach men how to drive getaway cars while being pursued and shot at. It was absolutely amazing at how good these people are at what they do and I'm happy to see our tax dollars going toward something that will protect our country today, tomorrow and for years to come! Too bad there is not more I personally can do to help them further their agenda.

Anonymous said...

Last week I was traveling on business and happened to stumble across a Blackwater training facility where they teach men how to drive getaway cars while being pursued and shot at. It was absolutely amazing at how good these people are at what they do and I'm happy to see our tax dollars going toward something that will protect our country today, tomorrow and for years to come! Too bad there is not more I personally can do to help them further their agenda.

Jan said...

I live in the small community of Potrero, California and Blackwater is planning to build a training facility in a 824 acre valley currently designated as an agricultural preserve.
Most of us had never heard of them prior to their introduction in October 2006. It didn't take us long to realize what was coming, especially when a lot of us saw Iraq For Sale. We've looked beyond what their representative has told us and only see disaster for our rural hamlet.

They insinuated themselves with the local politicians long before they came before the community. Duncan Hunter has used his influence with the local County Board of Supervisors and we are in a battle for our lifestyle and the American way.

Blackwater is the bane of our existence. They've made promises to Moyock, North Carolina and Mount Carroll, Illinois residents that they haven't kept, and won't keep with us.

HELP

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