I am currently reading the book “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s most Powerful Mercenary Army.” By Jeremy Scahill. It is like a horror story, fast paced and chilling.
Frightening to see how this company operates both inside and outside the country accountable to no one. Today in America, Blackwater USA is not nearly as well known as Halliburton or Bechtel — two mega-corporations making a killing off the reconstruction of Iraq. But it is making its way up there now.
Recently, the State Dept. renewed Blackwater’s contract despite the Pentagon’s labeling of the September killing of 17 civilians by Blackwater mercenaries, “a criminal event”:
The book traces the history of Blackwater USA, the powerful private army that the U.S. government has quietly hired to operate in international war zones and on American soil. It has some twenty thousand troops ready to carry out “regime change” on the fly and hires mercenaries from all over the world – especially ones that were veterans of tyrannical or oppressive regimes such as Apartheid in South Africa and August Pinochet in Chile.
This book is truly a brilliant collection of research. Jeremy Scahill has done a terrific job of explaining the history of the founder’s family, town, relatives, political views and ties, etc to what the company’s operations both overseas and domestic look like. There is so much going on today that most average citizens do not have information about.
I would highly recommend you read this book. It is very informative and worth reading. Instead of just reporting on the names and dates, Scahill goes further and explores just why institutions like Blackwater constitute such a dire threat to our government and country. Without any of the checks and balances associated with using our U.S. military and without any allegiance to treaties, standards, or accountability to the American people, these armies for hire represent the ability for money to buy unchecked power in ways we had previously thought could not happen in the U.S.