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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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Private companies are not held accountable to the public and very hard to be monitored by journalists or non-governmental organizations, unlike the US military.

Diese Firmen definieren den Schutz von privater Infrastruktur und Firmeneigentum unverhohlen als Teil, wenn nicht Kern, ihres Aufgabengebiets. Worse Yes, I read the whole book.

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

If anything, the disaster in Iraq should prove that the world’s emerging security threats cannot be solved through traditional military solutions. Return to Book Page. Jan 09, Caitlin rated it liked it Shelves: Three years after its publication it is beginning to show its age and in another three years it’ll be creaky.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I picked up this book hoping it would provide some good basic information about Blackwater, with the understanding from the dust jacket that it likely would reach certain ultimate conclusions I might not agree with. Screening personnel, assuring adherence to contracts, auditing expenses those are all legitimate issues, and Scahill rightly points out abuses and failings.

This further blows out when the contractor employs sub-contractors on a similar basis.

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

Blakcwater recipe is then complete. However, there are problems that arrive. For instance, the average Blackwater mercenary is basically an ex-special forces type of guy, and unlike the rent-a-cops we see here, these guys are paid quite well, though we must remember that the reason that they are paid so well is because they are being sent into warzones. The other problem is that the army can have a lot of difficulties in actually recruiting people to join.


I mostly agree with what the author is trying to say, but don’t like his sensationalist style. And here we have non-peacekeeping forces with dubious credentials getting paid shit loads treating locals like dirt just to get their job done.

The scandal of Blackwater

These people are low-life, pure and simple. At this point, the free market people would balk and say despite all of its shortcomings, privatization is more efficient. That sounds like a reasonable idea, until we raise the question of whether there is going to be any accountability, and where do you draw the line.

What blackwateer the downfall of empires associated with?

Jul 05, Joshua rated it liked it Recommends it for: They also quote the US founding fathers whenever possible, but never that crap Washington came off with about never telling a lie — what was that guy on, anyway? Then for the privatization of the war in Iraq. In other words, Chilean mercenaries in Iraq is business as usual. Fact thrown upon fact thrown upon fact, reinforced by supporting facts, and somewhat long and convoluted digressions of even more facts thrown in just to make sure the reader is paying attention.

Here is some feable umbrage I got going on, all kinds of impotent rage: Nov 08, Phil Smith rated it liked it.

Scahill argues that Blackwater’s leadership was motivated by a right-wing Republican ideology, and that its founder, Erik Princehas provided significant assistance in that venue.

Decisions about contracts for private security are made exclusively by the executive branch, and very inaccessible to the public.

Let’s face it, it’s all about money. I think the one point that is quite weak about this book is his argument against using private companies in peacekeeping forces. Sinceprivate security companies are also officially part of the American armed forces, which should be useful for the further growth of security companies.


Blackwater marketed its services by saying it could accomplish more blackwatee less, though it is difficult to see how their proffered services cost us less. But the story itself–and the blackater pacing specifically–suffer because of this never-ending barrage of facts.

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

Yes, again, I understand this is nonfiction–not the latest Michael Crichton political thriller–and maybe others feel differently, but reading this book was like trudging through mud, or wading in quicksand, or stumbling up all flights of stairs in the Sears Tower dragging a ball and chain: According to a report prepared by Waxman’s staff, since Blackwater operatives in Iraq have opened fire on at least occasions.

What organization in the United States would have the manpower, the most to lose, the true belief, and the money to engage in regime change in the United States. However, there are problems when it comes to that. These companies blatantly define the protection of private infrastructure and company ownership as part of, if not core, their area of responsibility.

Scahill cites many quotes and facts in his book, but most of these are from heavily biased liberal writers or publications, and most of these cited works are opinion pieces, not factual evidence.

Prince confirmed that Blackwater had whisked him out of Iraq and fired him, and said that he had been fined blaclwater billed for his return ticket.