Mercs on the streets of New Orleans
Posted by Thad
Operation Truth reports that the infamous Blackwater mercs are on the scene in the Big Easy:
New Orleans - Heavily armed paramilitary mercenaries from the Blackwater private security firm, infamous for their work in Iraq, are openly patrolling the streets of New Orleans. Some of the mercenaries say they have been "deputized" by the Louisiana governor; indeed some are wearing gold Louisiana state law enforcement badges on their chests and Blackwater photo identification cards on their arms. They say they are on contract with the Department of Homeland Security and have been given the authority to use lethal force. Several mercenaries we spoke with said they had served in Iraq on the personal security details of the former head of the US occupation, L. Paul Bremer and the former US ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte.
"This is a totally new thing to have guys like us working CONUS (Continental United States)," a heavily armed Blackwater mercenary told us as we stood on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter. "We're much better equipped to deal with the situation in Iraq."
Apparently, Lindsay, Bob, and Kyle have had an encounter with these mercs while trying to investigate the situation in the city. Stay tuned for further details.
UPDATE: The Dark Wraith has more.
UPDATE AGAIN: Will Bunch of Attytood has some great commentary on this as well. (Hat tip: commenter ghostcatbce)