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

The fact that the concentration of wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer people leads to worrying developments is an old known fact, the description of which almost bursts the history books. Erik Prince accused of murder. But really corporate goon squads for the “elite” are nothing new ever heard of the Pinkertons? This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

In the book, Scahill contends that Blackwater exists as a mercenary force, and argues that Blackwater’s rise is a consequence of the demobilization of the US military following the Cold War and its overextension in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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.

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Should they be attacked, it’s most likely whatever administration is in power would come under enormous pressure to send in the troops.

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These people are low-life, pure and simple. S11 Ep51 53m 43s checkmark Add to Watchlist.

Both the deployment of a private, full-shadowed militia to protect infrastructure and blakcwater privatization of disaster relief began. I used to subscribe to The Nation blackwated, but eventually found its “reporting” to be wildly simplistic, dogma First, a little background on my own biases: He stated they would pay soldiers a day, but charge Everyone who works there is not a horrible person many are just trying to survivebut we all know that the organization is bloody awful, yes?

As profits grew for the corporate organization, Blackwater sought cheaper and cheaper contracts with mercenary soldiers in South American and Latin American countries, as well as Eastern European, African, and select Asian countries.

Maybe I’m being too critical. However, I was unprepared for the section on Blackwater and Hurricane Katrina. Scahill has so little understanding of how a business actually works and makes money, it’s laughable. That the mercenaries had been specifically exempted from the standard rules of engagement which applied to the military could only make things worse.

Season 11 Episode 28 53m 31s. That said, the book is well-researched, reasonably well-written and will definitely switch your paranoia on. Scahill makes no secret of his opinions, but backs them up with enough evidence that the reader can draw her own conclusions and it’s hard not to be equally alarmed at the rise of these private military companies.


So I dislike seeing “mercenary” always used as a pejorative. It’s like saying “sandwiches of food. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Instead, I got a heavily biased opinion piece on the US Government’s use of military contractors. Private companies are accountable to pretty much no government for their recruitment practices.

Blackwater is also present in some parts of Pakistan. I promise I will never again say a bad word about you.

Wow I hate soldiers of just about all kinds. Classic muckraking on the mercenary, military contractor, “peace and security” industry, focusing on Blackwater’s story in particular. Group 2 Shop Has dropdown.

Body of War Body of War, a film depicting the story of one veteran dealing with the aftermath of war. I don’t think their politics really surprise anyone. Decisions about contracts for private security are made exclusively by the executive branch, and very inaccessible to the public.

Scahill’s book does not provide any analysis of real value. No one can deny that Chuck Prince is a first rate capitalist, one who has seen money in the disorder of military conflict and terrorism.