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Oh Blackwater, keep on rolling…

November 28, 2009

Now, most people remember Blackwater from that high profile shooting incident in Iraq, which 17 Iraqi civilians were killed inSeptember 2007. But for the readers who aren’t familiar with Blackwater, let me define their existence. Blackwater, currently known as Xe,  is a private military company and is at present time the U.S. State Department’s largest private security provider, and might I add, that two-thirds of their government contracts are no bid contracts. Oh yeah, these are also the same guys hired by the Department of Homeland Security after Hurricane Katrina hit to do who knows what (and we all remember how that debacle played out). So, you might ask “how does a company get these great no bid contracts with U.S. government agencies”? Well, I’m pretty sure you know the answer to this…friends in high places.

It’s safe to say, Blackwater’s elite have made some pretty good friends in major departments and agencies of the U.S. government (but hey, who’s keeping track?) That’s my point – we need to keep track!

Shall we take a gander at Blackwater’s most noteworthy incidents?

  

  • September 2007: Blackwater guards shot and killed 17 civilians in Nisour Square, Baghdad, Iraq
  • October 2007: Democrats of U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee release report stating Blackwater guards use deadly force on a weekly basis in Iraq and have inflicted significant casualties and property damage
  • December 2007: Blackwater top executives authorized $1 million in bribes to Iraqi officials to silence their criticism of the September 2007 shootings (this fact just published Nov 2009)
  • July 2009: Ex-employee states Blackwater employees in Baghdad’s Green Zone were, “having young girls provide oral sex to Enterprise members in the ‘Blackwater Man Camp’ in exchange for one American dollar” and “Prince frequently visited camps and failed to stop the ongoing use of prostitutes, including child prostitutes, by his men.”
  • August 2009: Two former employees of Blackwater step forward and say:
    • John Doe #1 – “Prince views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and theIslamic faith from the globe,” and that Prince’s companies “encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life.” John Doe #1 also stated,“Blackwater supervisors in Iraq sometimes sent men back to the United States for wanting to ‘kill ragheads,’ excessive drinking, steroid use, or failure to follow weapon safety procedures, but Mr. Prince and his executives would send them back with a reprimand to the supervisor for costing the firm money.” Blackwater even fired “those mental health professionals who were not willing to endorse deployments of unfit men.”
    • John Doe #2 – “First, he views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe. … Second, Mr. Prince is motivated by greed. He sought every opportunity to deploy men to Iraq in order to earn more money from the United States government.” John Doe #2 also states, “Prince was engaged in illegal arms dealing, money laundering, and tax evasion, that he createda web of companies in order to obscure wrong-doing, fraud, and other crimes, and that Blackwater’schief financial officer had resigned … stating he was not willing to go to jail for Erik Prince.”

There should be complete outrage when we collectively look at all of the atrocities this company has perpetrated in Iraq. Come on, look at the history of Blackwater; the types of people they employ; their training techniques. This deserves outrage.

I am very curious to see what happens in February 2010 when 5 former Blackwater guards are scheduled to stand trial for the Baghdad killings that happened two and half years ago. Considering it took over a year for the U.S. Justice Department to decide whether or not they were even going to charge the men with a crime. Are you kidding me? What’s to debate here? The Iraqi government, the U.S. Military, and an oversight committee of the U.S. House of Representatives all say you did a bad, bad thing, so why is it taking so long for the punishment?

So tell me again why Erik Prince and his top executive buddies are getting off with no blood on their hands? Knowing the right people makes anything possible…

Just recently, statements surfaced that  Blackwater was now utilizing their operatives in Pakistan to go undercover as (gasp) AID WORKERS! The fake aid workers were not just there to gather information, but also to act as assassins focusing on Al Qaeda and Taliban targets.  This could jeopardize aid workers all over the world, considering some countries are already skeptical of allowing strangers to become so intimate with their most vulnerable populations.

Again, thanks Blackwater. You’ve yet again managed to offend and endanger the lives of countless do-gooders and the people they serve to heal and protect.

I guess my final thought is WHY IS THE U.S. GOVERNMENT STILL USING THE PRIVATE CONTRACTING SERVICES OF THIS COMPANY? After all the allegations? After all the proof? This just sends a bad message…a message that almost condones their behavior if their contracts aren’t revoked (which they haven’t been). Instead, the government moves their contracts into neighboring countries like Afghanistan, where they will continue to abuse their power until another bloody incident surfaces and forces Blackwater somewhere else.  Reminds me of the shuffling around of Catholic priests to churches far, far away from their adolescent accusers…until they strike again.

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15 Comments leave one →
  1. John Turner permalink
    December 15, 2009 11:59 pm

    The mercenary companies don’t just want no-bid federal money, they want blooded troops. Their other clients, the various wealthy individuals vulnerable to Kidnap & Ransom and assassination, demand “highly experienced” security teams. Without some ongoing foreign deployment to rotate your new kids through you cannot really compete for the thousands of “Executive Protection” contracts that roll over every year.

    Such security costs more than hiring the equivalent number of hookers and earns 80% profit for the company…if the guys have seen action. Clients so *love* that the guys have seen action.

    Mercenary companies simply winnow through the human wreckage returning to them from foreign deployments, find the four or five guys still mentally stable enough to camp out on a Bel Air estate for six months without raping the family dog, and put them under a captain they trust to say every right thing to the police when a situation goes south. There’s your “Executive Protection Plan” in a nutshell.

    Disclaimer: I am not a mercenary.

  2. just_pointing_out permalink
    January 9, 2010 1:25 pm

    although there are these issues about blackwater and other private military companies that you have discussed . .

    you cannot,i say cannot, deny the fact that regular soldiers also kill hundreds of innocent civilians in the middle east, but you don’t hear anybody complaining about it . . it’s as joker in the dark knight said : “it’s all in the plan” . . i’m not implying anything that could destroy anyone’s image(both the private military and the regular soldiers)

    but come on . . the only reason that people are soo keen on complaining and criticizing about the private military companies is because they are highly PAID for their services . .

    but try to think for a moment . . imagine, you are on a list of assasination by some terrorist, and are receiving threats . . would you rather have yourself protected by new recruits of the USMC or the army? or highly experienced former-military contractors ? ??

    and if you yourself are a military contractor, would you charge a cheap price for your LIFE ????

    i think the use of private military companies is pretty obvious

    • your an ID-10-T permalink
      December 27, 2011 2:30 pm

      Your a moron

  3. ontheborder permalink
    January 9, 2010 3:24 pm

    I agree, regular soldiers do kill innocent civilians, but I also hear complaints about them.
    Also, you are correct, private military companies are highly paid for their services…all the more reason for them to held more responsible for their mistakes.
    In your own words, they are more experienced than “the regular” soldier, so they should be held to higher standards. In addition to that, Blackwater has had a lot more complaints against them other than the above mentioned incidents. I do not believe any other military group or private contractor group has had thevsame blatant and arrogant disregard for the law that Blackwater has shown to have. Besides Abu Gharib, which the soldiers were prosecuted for, no other group has been allowed to continue wreaking havoc in a country for such a long and costly period of time.
    Even Abu Gharib allowed for a trial and prosecution of soldiers. A judge recently ruled against a trial for the prosecution of the Blackwater guards, making it impossible for them to answer for their mistakes. If anything, you could say that Blackwater and other private military contractors are above our laws and have been allowed to roam freely and without any repercussions.

    At what cost do we allow “Blackwater types” to traipse unconditionally around a country, and at what point do we stop them?

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