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What is this ‘thing’ called Blackwater

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As New Orleans prepares for Hurricane Gustav, the US is calling for help to manage the area after the storm.

The most startling call for forces comes from Blackwater, the controversial private security contractor.  The firm – which famously patrolled New Orleans after Katrina – is “compiling a list of qualified security personnel for possible deployment into areas affected by Hurricane Gustav,” according to an e-mail obtained by R.J. Hillhouse.

They’re looking for current sworn law enforcement officers, with “arrest powers” and “armed status (must indicate Armed and/or Semi Auto. Revolver only not accepted).” The firm is also looking for “current/active/licensed/registered armed security officer[s],” but “only from the following states: OR, WA, CA, NV, NM, AZ, TX, FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, MD, IL, OK.” Applicants “must be US citizens,” the e-mail notes. “Contract length is TBD.”

Now, we know that Blackwater’s mercenary army is employed in Iraq and Afghanistan and appear to be above the law wherever they are deployed.  This brief comes from Wired which lists a horrifying list of Blackwater involvements over the last 10 years or so – and even includes involvement in Papua New Guinea.

This ‘thing’ is so big with unlimited finances and equipment, it defies the principles of business.  It is not answerable to any government and there have never been any reports of casualties of it’s mercenaries.  They enable the US to wage conflicts without the use of their own military or approval of Congress.  Thar’s scary!

The question arises, could they – or a similar operation – be employed by our government?


Written by Greg Naylor

1 September 2008 at 3:13 pm

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