Jeremy Scahill: The only punishment doled out to US security men involved in deadly shootings is a jet home. Jeremy Scahill is the author of the bestseller Blackwater: The rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He is the recipient of the Polk Award for. Meet Blackwater USA, the private army that the US government has quietly hired to operate in Jeremy Scahill is an unembedded, international journalist.

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However, the passages of what was going on with the Bush administration during the applicable period of time will break your heart. He describes further scayill Blackwater at the time of writing serves in Iraq and Afghanistan like, in his judgement, a Praetorian Guardprotecting top authority figures and enjoying immunity from the usual constraints and regulations on traditional armies.

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. Then they realized they could take all the other ex-special ops dudes like themselves, except poorer, and sell their bodies as weapons of war to do the politically dirty work of guarding detested US colonial politicians using any means necessary, as in, quite literally as detailed in the book, shooting at any Iraqis in the vicinity, even if the convoy is driving without warning through a crowded blackwated square.

Return to Book Page. No, this book has much more to do with rapid privatisation of the military as opposed to one particular organisation, and does spend quite a lot of time looking at not only their role in the Iraq War, but also a lot of background with regards to the war.

Individuals are taxed on earnings, though if you are wealthy enough there are ways of being able to restructure that arrangement. Scahill centers his work around the event that transfixed the world and brought awareness of Blackwater to the fore for those of us not immediately engaged in military operations.

This draws in people retired from the national military who have the training, like the work of warfare and are eager for action. But the story itself–and the dramatic pacing specifically–suffer because of this never-ending barrage of facts. Sinceprivate security companies are also officially part of the American armed forces, which should be useful for the further growth of security companies.

It is all about money, not charity, not peace, not security. I used to subscribe to The Nationbut eventually found its “reporting” to be wildly simplistic, dogmatic and plain uninteresting. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The official focus of the hearing, convened by Henry Waxman’s committee on oversight and government reform, was two questions that should have been asked long ago: Okay, that does sort of make sense when nobody else wants the job, or nobody else is equipped to do the job, so it is going to be sczhill.


Unfortunately, the author’s answer is a foregone conclusion from page one, and the reader is expected to agree from the same starting point. He uses the murder of four Blackwater contractors in Fallujah as backdrop against which the book is set, returning to what happened, how it happened, and the impact on the families.

Customers who bought this item also bought. Second, he basically summarizes the whole book in the beginning and then unravels them, often repeating himself without any more insight.

It is very well researched, with a level of detail in the writing that brings home the realities of just how atrocious an organization this is. Jerwmy, for the training and equipping of sxahill, military, and intelligence agencies of the US by private companies. But really corporate goon squads for the “elite” are nothing new ever heard of the Pinkertons? Phrases such as ” That’s the US government’s job.

Blackwater is basically a private military who does not have to abide by the same rules as an actual military force would. Nisour Square massacre Abtan v. The growth of Blackwater was exponential during the years of a Republican government and was not curbed enough under a Democratic president.

I am going to look for another one from the point of view from one of the men that are actually working for Blackwater. December Learn how scauill when to remove this template message.

In its infinite wisdom, the administration Bremer decided to make contractors immune from any prosectution for crimes committeed while in Iraq while performing their role under contract. In contrast, Scahill seems to bring up numerous issues simply to further taint Blackwater’s image; had someone blackwate worked for Blackwater ran over a possum driving home from work or torn the little tag off their mattress, I suspect Scahill would have included that too.

Not only that, but the companies insist they are not responsible for benefits for the families of those killed while under contract. Season 11 Episode 28 53m 31s.

Now think about that, they were saying, in essence, go ahead and make all the money you want, however you want, and screww the government all you want, because we say it’s OK. This was great; very thorough and well-researched addition to the discourse on Iraq and military policy.


There are numerous instances which, if they happened exactly as Scahill reports, were clearly abuses of power by Blackwater contractors.

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Thank you for helping us improve PBS Video. If there is a problem area, instead of sending in Nato, or UN forces to the Sudan or where ever they send in Blackwater. It is the recipe for endless war in the commercialization of combat and the scaihll of the vision of religious conservatives such as Chuck Prince that the U.

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He also serves as a correspondent for the U. It is the dream of Chuck Prince and associates that private armies would enter foreign countries only with the U. Womit geht der Untergang von Imperien einher? Perhaps the greatest enemy to the United States is its military-industrial complex.


This further blows out when the contractor employs sub-contractors on a similar basis. Wow I hate soldiers of just about all kinds. In his gripping bestseller, award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill takes us from the bloodied streets of Scahikl to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to the chambers of power in Washington, to expose Blackwater as the frightening new face of the U. It’s clear that Scahill believes that Blackwater is evil and I can’t say that I disagree with him.

A very well researched and documented book that chronicles the rise evolving into permanence of the best soldiers money can buy. I was also disturbed by the po This book covers Iraq and mercenaries in great detail.

They can do whatever they want with minimal consequences; claiming immunity as a quasi-military organization. S11 Ep49 49m 24s checkmark Add to Watchlist. Scahill almost invariably characterizes statements from I picked up this book hoping it would provide some good basic information about Blackwater, jeeremy the understanding from the dust jacket that it likely would reach certain ultimate conclusions I might not agree with.

It seems that many people view the government as literally having an unlimited pool of money, which theoretically they do — they can print more if they want. The biggest problem with contractors like Blackwater from the perspective of the county and the world is that they are essentially mercenaries.