11.13.2008

Blackwater: "Compliance Challenges?"

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Blackwater CEO Erik Prince said: "our company has experienced remarkable growth in the last few years, this growth, our work for the U.S. Government around the world, and the nature of the services we offer have created compliance challenges."
By this he means:
Blackwater shipped 900 weapons to Iraq without the paperwork required by arms export control regulations, one department official said. Some of the weapons are believed to have ended up on the country's black market.
That's one hell of a "compliance challenge" Mr. Prince.
Blackwater employees are also the subjects of a Justice Department probe into the killing of 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad's Nisoor Square on Sept. 16, 2007.
Winning the hearts and minds one bullet at a time.

On a related note, there's been some outrage from the right-wing lately about a comment President-elect Obama made,
"We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded."
The response has been interesting:
"A Republican congressman from Georgia said Monday he fears that President-elect Obama will establish a Gestapo-like security force to impose a Marxist dictatorship. We can't be lulled into complacency," Broun said. "You have to remember that Adolf Hitler was elected in a democratic Germany. I'm not comparing him to Adolf Hitler. What I'm saying is there is the potential of going down that road."
Where have these people been while a massive private military force has been taking over the role policing abroad and at home? Their outrage at a vague proposal by Obama sounds a little hollow after the past six years of silence over the emergence of a massive army for hire.

Security for profit means insecurity becomes needed for increased profit.

Where is the right's outrage when it is needed?

3 comments:

  1. Moronic Git6:37 AM

    Nice diatribe. But, um, the Katrina photo is of NOPD SWAT. You can find original via Reuters. And, well, the 900 machineguns thing is made up, as will be borne out when responsible reporters start using verifiable sources on this story. But don't let that slow ya down. In fact, you should have thrown in the one about BW abducting people and harvesting their organs for black market sale, or the one about FBI releasing BW operatives with a truckful of explosives apprehended while lost in Jersey just minutes before WTC was hit.

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  2. Took real research to figure out the photo was a fake didn't it? I mean, Erik Prince setting up a lemonade stand style market in Baghdad to sell weapons in a barren bombing aftermath seems so plausible.

    As for the "NOPD SWAT" assumption, you may have missed the reporting that Blackwater security forces were given "deputy" status along with badges. It's common to have badges for security (even in your local mall) to help separate them from the regular civilians.

    Thanks for your insightful comments though.

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  3. Anonymous4:02 PM

    You're an idiot (with an axe to grind, which is even worse) - just remember next time that you complain about falsehoods in the MSM - you're as guilty of it as those morons.

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