Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Blackwater - Legalized Killers












Blackwater. If you are not familiar with the word, you are about to be enlightened. Blackwater USA is the world’s largest private mercenary army with over 20,000 soldiers and its own air force. You may not have been aware that the Unites States employs mercenaries, well, now you know. It’s not enough that we spend billions of dollars on the military; we must also spend money on employing hired killers to handle our business on American soil as well as abroad. The government does not have enough money to provide adequate healthcare to the elderly or small children, but there is no shortage of funds when it comes to putting fire-power in middle-eastern countries or in the streets or New Orleans.

Blackwater got its start in 1996 as a private military training facility in the wilderness of North Carolina. Visionary executives, all of them former Navy Seals or other Elite Special Forces people, envisioned it as a project that would take advantage of the anticipated government outsourcing (why the United States government would need to outsource is beyond me). It is now a decade later, Blackwater has become the most powerful mercenary firm in the world. It has 20,000 soldiers on the ready, the world’s largest private military base, and a fleet of twenty aircraft, including helicopter gunships. It’s become nothing short of the Praetorian Guard for the Bush administration’s so-called global war on terror. And it’s headed by a very rightwing Christian activist, ex-Navy Seal named Erik Prince, whose family was one of the major bankrollers of the Republican Revolution of the 1990s. Prince, himself, is a significant financial contributor of President Bush and his allies.
Currently Blackwater protects the top US officials in Iraq and yet we know almost nothing about the firm’s quasi-military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan and inside the US.
I’m not even comfortable typing the word “protects” in the same sentence with Blackwater; It’s hard to see them as protectors when in 2006 they forced our very own U.S. soldiers out of a Humvee on a street in Baghdad's Green Zone, took their weapons and forced them down on the ground. If that seems distant to you, let me bring it closer to home. During the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, Blackwater agents were sent to New Orleans to “assist” the homeland security effort. They were given the authority to make arrests and use force as the deemed necessary. Blackwater agents were seen taking over a local citizen’s apartment in the area of St. James and Bourbon Street; they tossed the individuals personal belongings to the street as they help up gold Louisiana law enforcement badges.

In a horrific incident last month, Blackwater agents killed 17 civilians in Baghdad. I can not fathom why we (United States) allow them to continue to operate after the blood of innocent people was shed in such a terrible manner. News sources have reported that the heads of some of the civilians were completely blown off, and some of the bodies were burned beyond recognition. We still continue to throw money at this group of killers. Back in 2001, Blackwater had less than $1 million worth of government business. Since then, the company has received more than $1 billion in U.S. taxpayer funds, including a huge no-bid contract with the State Department. Just recently they received a contract worth up to 92 million dollars from the Department of Defense amid hard questions about their involvement in two separate violent incidents in Iraq. The Iraqi government announced that it had revoked Blackwater's license to operate in their country, yet the U.S. continues to support them, looks to me like we have resorted to hiring killers to take care of those people we want removed.

If we turn a deaf ear or a blind eye to what Blackwater has done and is doing in Iraq, we are opening ourselves up to having those same acts committed against us at home, remember the aftermath of Katrina??

You owe it to yourself to get knowledgeable and keep a watchful eye on this group of killers.

18 comments:

the ripple effect said...

It's only a matter of time before our military and police are replaced with organizations such as this. We need to take action now to prevent it.

Anonymous said...

i hope the issue of Blackwater becomes a topic of discussion throughout the 08 campaigs. I woukd like to know how each candidate plans to handle and/or work with the issue.

Anonymous said...

We should redirect the money we spend on blackwater and give it to our military.

AfroDaddy said...

I've been following these dudes for a min. Erik Prince is a scary man. some of his beliefs are extreme. It's even more frightening that he has such strong ties to our government, makes you wonder in what direction we are headed with law enforcement.

Cap'n Cruncher said...

Just how long before these guys are policing our neighborhoods? I'm sure you know what I mean when I say "our".

Strictly 4 Da Cause said...

This is one of the reasons African-Americans need to stay on top of what's going on in the world. If we sleep on issues like this they will soon be happening to us, if they aren't already. Keep blogging!

Flower Chile said...

I saw a news report that had the father and husband of two people that were killed at the hands of blackwater. they were innocent civilians. America has placed killers in a country where we are supposed to be helping.

i.m.small said...

WHAT OF NEWSWEEK THEN?

To read in Newsweek Eric Prince
Comes off as like a prince
Of peace--in praise the magazine
Its words does hardly mince.

Painted as a good Christian man
And blah blah blah blah blah,
But he would kill another man
To profit without awe.

So what of Newsweek then? What of
The so-called journalists
Employed there? Propaganda´s arm
The moniker resists

Of journalism--so it seems:
If info comes distorted
So blatantly, why bother read,
Why bother to report it?

Selena said...

Good post.

Anonymous said...

you guys are dumb, blackwater is doing alot of good things to, if you wanna judge a whole organization because of one event and all soldiers are evil because that marine threw a puppy off a cliff.

Anonymous said...

I think the small handfull of events of the bad things Blackwater has done, is enough to show that the company is run by a tyrant. Yes they may have done "good" things, but ONE terrible deed is plenty to show that they obviously don't care to think about the actions taken and will probably shoot up innocent civilians again. The money dumped into them is bad enough! PETITION BLACKWATER

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