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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Blackwater is basically a private military who does not have to abide by the same rules as an actual military force would.

Want to Read saving…. And they can brutalize, kill, abuse the local population as much as they like, without any fear of being brought to justice. More By and About This Author.

He cites company representatives who say Blackwater’s capacities can readily be expanded to supplying brigade-sized forces for humanitarian purposes, peacekeeping and low-level conflict.

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The recipe is then complete. I would have preferred a book that examined the problem more objectively, and less vindictively. View all 3 comments.

That blackwaater mercenaries had been specifically exempted from the standard rules of engagement which applied to the military could only make things worse. Both the encirclement of Russia with vassal states of the USA; the construction of a pipeline through terrain weakened by Russia’s influence to soften it, as well as the creation of bases for a potential war against Iran form the motive for its blackwatee.

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

I came to realize while reading this that this man and his type are a cancer on humanity that get rich blakwater the tax payer dollar while committing the worst crimes imaginable all with impunity.


It is all about money, not charity, not peace, not security.

What is the downfall of empires associated with? 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. 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.

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

Jeremy Scahill has an ax to grind and a certain amount of bias shows through in this expose of Blackwater’s blackwayer army. Whatever the problems with private companies such as Blackwater and, yes, blackwaer absolutely should be some indictments and prison sentencesScahill is simply wrong in seeing them as a threat to democracy and a deep, nefarious conspiracy. Many of the cases cited in the book, from Sierra Leone, to car bombings in the Middle East, to the ravages of Darfur, prove that the worst cases require new answers – more mobile, more efficient, more versatile forces, buoyed by more in-depth intelligence.

Jeremy Scahill’s book was written in Published March 8th by Nation Books first published Waxman said the justice department had asked him not to take testimony on the incident because it was the subject blackwatee an FBI investigation.

A majority if not all of the ones I met were ex-special operations, law enforcement or counter intelligence specialists. I’ll end on this note: If you want to find out more about Blackwater, read something else.


Scahill almost invariably characterizes statements from supporters as misleading spin or the conspiratorial svahill of right-wing, neoconservative, Christian fundamentalist Republicans.

But like I mentioned, the overall effect of this is to raise some big questions – ones that the author assumes are answered from blackwatef one. The capitalist looks for opportunity. December Learn how and when to remove this template message. Clearly corporations with a large presence in a foreign country will have a decidedly different view of US hegemony and imperialism than Washington.

He sternly applies Thou shall not commit adultery, by supporting a married pastor that had children by many women while married and another poster that was arrested for seeing a prostitute while being a pastor.

In the words of a Chilean torture victim turned advocate: There is something deeply perverse about the privatization of the Iraq War and the utilization of mercenaries.

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

The amount of connections Blackwater specifically has with curious, secretive government initiatives such as the readying of military bases all along the Caspian border countries should get anyone’s inner conspiracy theorist buzzing. Apr 23, Jerome rated it it was amazing. This book is already scary, and I’m only 20 pages into it.

Actually, scahil, Victorian government set up a similar organisation to provide security for the railway stations, and even though these PSO public security officers are government employees, they are still considered to have been rejected bladkwater the police force. Sep 13, Mariella rated it really liked it.