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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The capitalist looks for opportunity. There is something deeply perverse about the privatization of the Iraq War and the utilization of mercenaries.

The scandal of Blackwater

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. With inherited wealth and his personal background as a Navy SEAL, he put his knowledge and money together to start up Blackwater, hired qualified people, established then made use of connections and went from one success to another, moving into new areas of production as he went.

Anyway, on with the impotent rage. We know that Americans will tolerate any kind of foreign intervention if there are few to no bodies of American soldiers coming home. This was of the other problems, and that is the idea of the no-bid contract. Season 11 Episode 28 53m 31s.

It should keep us from just going to war with anyone we dislike, without cause. It is to be hoped that the shift to a more sustainable economic order will be untypically slow and peaceful, rather than culminating in a more and more delayed and thus exacerbated collapse.

They could interpret that charge in any way they saw fit and we all know that a good offense is the best defense. It is the dream of Chuck Prince and associates that private armies would enter foreign countries only with the U.

Erik Prince accused of murder. Which includes civil disobedience, sit-ins, peaceful protest, demonstrations, and blockades, is obvious. 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.

The Journal: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater

What was particularly shocking to me was the overt tone of the speeches and promotional material produced by the leadership balckwater the organization, in that it completely resembled ISIS rhetoric about holy wars, and fighting for the will of God.


This is the MBA “just-in-time” idea: Singer’s “Corporate Warriors” sets out wcahill be an expose rather than a work of analysis, and Scahill is a fine reporter.

I though that Scahill went too far to try to portray the company as religiously conservative, but he is correct in worrying about the ambiguous legal status of mercenary corporations. Views Read Edit View history. I could have done without Scahill’s extensive efforts to prove over and over again how conservative the Prince family and Blackwater’s high administration are: If you have any interest in this, and want to have some details to back up your understanding that Blackwater is just appalling, check out the book.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. These companies blatantly define the protection of private infrastructure and company ownership as part of, if not core, their area of responsibility. Access to High-Definition streaming A personal area on the site where you can access: Place the rise of Erick Prinz’s private army, the Blackwater folks, and you have a scarry scenario, since Prinz and his family were in the forefront of support for these guys. Blackwater 1 3 Mar 14, The recipe is then complete.

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.

The good of the book though is most of it is very well-researched and it brings up a lot of seperate incidents where Blackwater operatives engaged in actions which either got themselves or innocent bystanders killed, and often apparently because Blackwater couldn’t be bothered with proper security or fully taking necessary measures to ensure mission safety.

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

Show 25 25 50 All. 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. It’s time for a serious debate on the role of scahjll contractors as instruments of foreign policy, and I suggest jerremy may go beyond the military’s impact. May 22, Jerome rated it liked it.

The growth of Blackwater was exponential during the years of a Republican government and was not curbed enough under a Democratic president. The New York Times. He cites critics and advocates of Blackwater throughout leaving the facts to speak for themselves. Somebody please explain to me what the hell shooting at a bunch of Arab hillbillies on the other side of the world has to do with defending America?


I think Scahill has done a great job of investigative reporting, but less well on contextualizing his subject matter. This is a fucking fantastic book. But the story itself–and the dramatic pacing specifically–suffer because of this never-ending barrage of facts.

There were legitimate concerns about the use of domestic paramilitary groups, which were accountable neither to the judiciary nor the police and acted on behalf and in the interests bladkwater private individuals.

Another excellent review by my mate Eric. A good pages could have been trimmed out of this book and it would have contained all the key information and seemed less the vehicle of an agenda against Blackwater and more like a journalist’s unbiased account.

Nov 16, Valerie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A few weeks after the attacks, they began to take full advantage of the now-flattened possibilities and to enact new laws and regulations and to undermine old, obstructive constitutional articles. Another shocking thing was how politically clueless some of these Blackwater mercenaries seemed to be.

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Whatever blackkwater problems with private companies such as Blackwater and, yes, there absolutely should be some indictments and prison sentencesScahill is simply wrong in seeing them as a threat to democracy and a deep, nefarious conspiracy.

Another point that was laughable was when he talked about Blackwater’s “dubious” business practices. Another issue I had with this book was how often Scahill would abandon a topic he brought up often for something less blackwate at that such as when he starts to make connections between Blackwater and the CIA’s rendition flights then, after he admits he really doesn’t have any clear evidence to support his musings, simple drops the topic altogether.