Blackwater In Hot Water

Posted: 9/18/2007 by Floyd in Labels:

Iraqi authorities have moved to cancel the license of the American security company Blackwater USA the guards are accused of shooting to death eight civilians while it was guarding a U.S. State Department motorcade. Apparently there are about 20,000 of these private contractors operating in Iraq, the contractors have predicted that Iraqi officials would not carry through on the threat. What strikes me as odd is that the security companies 'expert' Peter Singer said the case posed a sticky dilemma for the Americans and his general take on the matter was simply this; "Do we turn over American citizens to an Iraqi judicial system that is inept, corrupt and now politicized?" Not much confidence in the fledgling democracy there Mr. Singer? How America last heard it we were making tremendous strides. Private security makes between $650/$1000 a day, even Petraeus himself has been guarded by these well paid security.

The Nation has a good article on Blackwater concerning the four contractors who ended up getting lost back in 2004 in Falluja and were ambushed, several armed men approached from behind and opened fire. These were the disgusting scenes flashed on our television sets and gruesome mutilation of the bodies after death, these were to become a disgusting hatred of the situation and feeling powerless to do anything about it, but yet still glued to our sets and not really believing our eyes, the story does not end in Falluja, it is still being fought here in the homeland, Blackwater is in a lawsuit for the wrongful deaths of Stephen "Scott" Helvenston, Mike Teague, Jerko Zovko and Wesley Batalona by the families of the ones who were slain. Scott's mother said he viewed the opportunity to turn his life around, he was divorced but continued to support his wife and kids and the company offered short-term contracts, that is why he chose Blackwater she said.
The Nation
Chicago Tribune
Within Reason

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  1. floyd I would really be shocked if Bush and our military allow Iraq to put Blackwater out of their country. I want be shocked if some those that are makeing such demands and fuss might end up dead.

  1. Octavian says:

    I think private military firms are perhaps the greatest threat to our nation. The military should NEVER be a PRIVATE matter. This firm should be shut down!

  1. Floyd says:

    No I don't think the U.S will allow the Iraqis to put Blackwater out of the country either, thanks for reading and commenting on this. From what I have read these security companies are not governed by the military and have full run on what they choose to do and how they do it, the Pentagon has not as of yet played down any guidelines on the matter, but have been pressed by Congress to do so. After this war started they (security companies) have made a bloody fortune on war profits and many article's out there suggest that inflated budgets are the norm and these agents make tons more money than our soldiers do for basically doing the same thing, if Iraq does eject these companies (Blackwater in particular) it would leave a deep hole of about 30,000 strong. If people wanted to do duty in Iraq they could do it through one of these companies and make between $650 and $1000 per day that is pretty good, in 2006 this company increased by 600 percent due to government contracts. Personally I don't believe Blackwater will be held accountable for anything.

  1. Jim says:

    Hey Floyd. My concern is that no matter how often our present government applauds surging up to a total of 165,000 troops, they never mention what amounts to a private, personal Bush army of more than 100,000, mercenaries like Blackwater !

  1. Jim says:

    OK, maybe the 100,00 figure is a bit inflated.My best research shows that most of that number are contractors (though they may be armed for their own survival). Still, I'm saying that there are 20,000 to 30,000 mercenary soldiers providing their services to the war.

  1. Floyd says:

    You are right my friend I am glad you stopped over it's been a little while since I heard from you, hope all you guys are o.k,,I don't think they are adding all this private war to their list so to the surge you would like you said, have to add quite a few thousand more. These private security or "mercenaries" if you will are not accountable to the military or any of our laws since they are not on our soil. You know Jim this thing is going to drag out at least past or beyond 2008, that is if our tax money is able to still hold out, they are not pulling money out of thin air for this mess and what is taking a beating are the domestic programs that keep us afloat, they are trying now to compare Iraq to South Korea,,big dif. there. I don't think we will allow Iraq to expel the private contractor from Iraq, this fits good under the label,"war profiteering."

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