Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army is a book written by independent journalist Jeremy Scahill, published by Nation Books in. 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. Book Review of Jeremy Scahill, Blackwater: the. Rise of the Most Powerful Mercenary Army. (/) and From Mercenaries to Market: the Rise and.

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Another shocking thing was how politically clueless some of these Blackwater mercenaries seemed to be. If there is a problem area, instead of sending in Nato, or UN forces to the Sudan or where ever they send in Blackwater.

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. Scahill doesn’t read this. For instance, the average Blackwater mercenary is basically an ex-special forces type of guy, and unlike the rent-a-cops we see here, these guys are paid quite well, though we must remember that the reason that they are paid so well is because they are being sent into warzones. Books by Jeremy Scahill. Another point that was laughable was when he talked about Blackwater’s “dubious” business practices.

Dec 30, Tinea rated it really liked it Shelves: A volunteer army such as we have now, created with promises of career training, free education and other benefits is little short of a mercenary army, though the soldiers still wear the U.

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The Journal: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater

I am no fan of, in example, Focus on the Family conservative Christian non-profit group but Erik Prince has every right to donate some of his ample wealth to this group—just as, say, Barbra Streisand has every right to donate some of her ample wealth to liberal causes. You’ve just tried to add this video to your Watchlist so you can watch it later. It was astonishing to see how deep the connections ran between extremist religious groups, far-right Republicans, and the mercenary industry Scahilp critiques.


Fact thrown upon fact thrown upon fact, reinforced by supporting facts, and somewhat long and jeremt digressions of even more facts thrown in just to make sure the reader is paying attention.

So we get screwed twice. It is exactly the same strategy used by the Chilean military to train members of the secret police and make it easier to annihilate opponents of the dictatorship.

More importantly, perhaps, is the fact that these contractors do not operate under the same restrictions and set of rules that govern national troops, and their contracts often leave them free of liability or of obligations in terms of insurance that we commonly find acceptable. It is all about money, not charity, not peace, not security. The focus should be fully on the work scwhill Blackwater and where there were scandals and valid questions about that work.

This gives a history and account of various misdeeds by Blackwater and their born ultra-rich right wing Christian kook founder Erik Prince.

They are exempt from the US Uniform Code blaclwater Military Justice because they are “civilians”, and much worse, no law can touch them at all. In particular, the former Latin American death squads and unemployed South African apartheid soldiers enjoyed enormous popularity due to their efficiency and experience and were jeremt in large numbers in Iraq. Maybe I’m being too critical. Unfortunately, the author’s answer is scahjll foregone conclusion from page one, and the reader is expected to agree from the same starting point.

Also, spying for corporations, with a division composed of retired CIA agents. 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. Blackwater marketed its services by saying it could accomplish more with less, though it is difficult to see how their proffered services cost us less.


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From a literary perspective, there were odd tense-issues, the pacing was off, and I did not come away with a clear feeling of the narrative. John Grisham, best-selling author, on money, politics and justice in America today. This externalization of services or outsourcing attempts to lower costs– ‘Third World’ mercenaries are paid less than their counterparts from the developed world– and maximize benefits, i.

Rumsfeld and Cheney wanted most of the cost of the war off the books, they didn’t want any kind of draft that would have forced the US to take a ecahill look at their policies, they wanted their companies Halliburton and Blackwater – a major Republican contributor to make a shitload of money, which they have.

Scahill’s book slides gracefully between stories of massacres and contracted soldiers dying from cheap business practices, to tracing the behind the scenes money and motives, and onto synthesis about why, tying these specific examples of horror and scandal clearly into the greater system of privatization that has surged forward in these past ten years.

Scahill has so little understanding of how a business actually works and makes money, it’s laughable. Anyone interested in black ops will understand that, yeah, when dealing with secret projects such is expected.