That said, I’ll say that Jeremy Scahill’s “Blackwater” gets points for reportage, for his interviews and legwork. “Blackwater”, unlike P.W. Singer’s “Corporate. Jeremy Scahill: The only punishment doled out to US security men involved in deadly shootings is a jet home. Buy the Paperback Book Blackwater by Jeremy Scahill at , Canada’s largest bookstore. + Get Free Shipping on books over $25!.

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Jeremy Scahill: The scandal of Blackwater | Opinion | The Guardian

This is a nightmare coming to pass. The implication for US foreign policy and American image overseas is immense. 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: View all 3 comments.

Scahill almost invariably characterizes statements from 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 jerem with. Don’t get me wrong, I am disturbed by the fact that our government is semi-secretly building a corporate army the new “Praetorian Guard” as the author calls it to loyally serve the far right, that this army seems so far to be impervious to any attempt to hold it accountable for its actions in the way that the actual military is to some degree anywayetc.

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Private companies are accountable to pretty much no government for their recruitment practices. And here we have non-peacekeeping forces with dubious credentials getting paid shit loads treating locals like dirt just to get their job done. 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 cont A good book about subject matter that raises a lot of questions, but Scahill doesn’t always do a satisfactory job of answering them.

Covers Missing – Blackwater 3 15 Dec 31, There may well have been up toprivate contractors in Iraq, but few of those are armed men.

Nah, I must be just paranoid, right?


The book is scahlll written and, though a large book, it is an engrossing read. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. If Boykin had nothing to do with Blackwater, then Scahill’s anti-Boykin’s rants are distracting and utterly pointless.

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Actually, there are probably a lot of aspects of army life that can be farmed out to the private scwhill so that the force can become a lot more leaner.

They lied about saving lives, and tried to not pay the contractors the prevailing ways. From my Cannonball Read V review Ironically, Hillary Clinton was a co-sponsor of the legislation when she was a senator and running for president. This is probably since Blackwater is so secretive, and because few of Blackwater’s people wanted to do interviews with Scahill, which is a shame, since then we pretty much only hear Scahill’s side of the story.

Arguably, he acahill dismisses too lightly Blackwater’s growing self-image as the respectable heir to a long and honorable tradition of contract soldiering. The question at its center – are we comfortable with the increasing privatization of our military, and all the attendant questions it raises – is a good one.

A volunteer army such as we have now, created with promises of career training, free education and other benefits is little short of a mercenary army, though the soldiers still wear the U. First, a little background on my own biases: 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 no-bid.

You Might Also Like Left. I was also disturbed by the political lobbying to overturn South Africa’s restrictions on its Nationals participating in private armies and the situation in Darfur.

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.

The Journal: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater

At this point, the free market people would balk and say despite all of its shortcomings, privatization is more blzckwater. Erik Prince, the secretive year-old owner of the leading US mercenary firm Blackwater, has seldom appeared in public. The author makes the point that guns were on the ground long before humanitarian aid was deployed.


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Erik Prince accused of murder. It owes its existence, he shows, to the post—Cold War drawdown of U. The pay of a private army soldier is, as this book documents, 3 to 4 times that of a regular soldier. More By and About This Author.

I had no idea the depth of antagonism toward the Clinton election evinced by scahi,l stalwarts as Scalia, Colson, Scanill, et al who, in public statements, suggested that any ruler, elected or otherwise, who was not following the divine mandate as blackwzter understood it to be, deserved to be overthrown, violently if necessary.

I was also disturbed by the po This book covers Iraq and mercenaries in great detail. From the perspective of the families of the contractors who are killed due to the careless policies of Blackwater and, by extension, the U. David Cay Johnston who says America’s system has been rigged to benefit the super-rich. Often, the author cites DoD officials, leaders in the “private security contracting” industry, and political supporters as if the points they raise are so ridiculous they speak for themselves.

The scandal of Blackwater

S11 Ep45 53m 5s checkmark Add to Watchlist. Perhaps the greatest enemy to the United States is its military-industrial complex. Even writing a review of this book has drained me to the point where I just throw an “et cetera” at the end of my sentence because I don’t feel like going on anymore. Also, training various Iraqi ethnic militias to act as death squads in a tactic they actually call the Salvadoran Option.

It’s time for a serious debate on the role of private contractors as instruments of foreign policy, and I suggest it may go beyond the military’s impact. 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. That’s the US government’s job.