Jeremy Scahill on Soldiers of Fortune (AUDIO)

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Jeremy Scahill on Soldiers of Fortune (AUDIO)

Postby brownzeroed » Fri Mar 30, 2007 12:11 pm

Audio and transcript Available here:
Jeremy Scahill speaks with Truthdig about his new book “Blackwater: the Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army,” privatization in America and abroad and our dysfunctional democracy.

Good to hear Scahill allowed to speak his mind.

A bit more:
Blackwater's best-kept secret: It's founder

From above: "Gary Bauer, a conservative activist and one-time presidential candidate, counted Edgar D. Prince – Erik’s father – among his inner circle. In 1988, Prince helped Bauer start the Family Research Council, a “pro-family” lobbying group.
'I cannot adequately describe here how much I have depended on his wisdom and counsel over the years,' Bauer once wrote in a letter to council members."

Many believe, this will most likely be the tool of choice to circumvent the Posse Comitatus Act for whomever chooses to do so.

From "While juicing up the firm's political connections, Prince has been advocating greater use of private security in international operations, arguing at a symposium at the National Defense Industrial Association earlier this year that firms like his are more efficient than the military. In May Blackwater's Jackson testified before Congress in an effort to gain lucrative Homeland Security contracts to train 2,000 new Border Patrol agents, saying Blackwater understands "the value to the government of one-stop shopping." With President Bush using the Katrina disaster to try to repeal Posse Comitatus (the ban on using US troops in domestic law enforcement) and Blackwater and other security firms clearly initiating a push to install their paramilitaries on US soil, the war is coming home in yet another ominous way. As one Blackwater mercenary said, "This is a trend. You're going to see a lot more guys like us in these situations."
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