Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick
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Blackwater (part of the US mercenary army) is the devil

Jesus, read this story about the Blackwater murder-fest in Baghdad last month if you have any doubt about whether they should be allowed to operate with utter impunity in the name of our country in Iraq or anywhere else.

Guess what? When you hire mercenaries, you get mercenaries. Surprise!

PS: From another related story:

The most serious consequence faced by Blackwater personnel for misconduct appears to be termination of their employment," the report states.

In one case cited in Monday's report, a Blackwater guard who was visibly drunk shot and killed a bodyguard of Iraqi Vice President Adel Abdel Mahdi during a confrontation in the Green Zone on Christmas Eve in 2006.

Blackwater hustled the guard out of the country within 36 hours with State Department approval, and the company later paid the Iraqi's family $15,000, the report states.

Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte told a Senate committee last week that the incident is under investigation by the Justice Department, but no charges have been filed against the man.

The report also questions whether the government is saving money by hiring out its security work. It found the government pays the company about $1,200 a day for each contractor on the job in Iraq -- between six and nine times the pay and allowances of an Army sergeant.


- Wow, what a bargain! We get crazed killers in place of trained soldiers at the low, low price of thousands more per day and political scandals. Hooray!

Chris
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