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April 06, 2007

Interview with "Blackwater USA" author Jeremy Scahill

Independent journalist Jeremy Scahill gives a very impressive interview to TruthDig about his new book, Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.

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Oh swell, mercenaries. Can we just get a time machine and drop the BushCo crowd off in someplace like perhaps Germany before the Peace of Westphalia, where they’d feel more at home?

Must have been on NPR I heard Scahill interviewed...I was surprised at how large the unofficical and totally off-the-leash shadow forces are. Most are doing nominally OK stuff [allthough a complete waste of money] like guarding construction crews but they don't need no steenkin' Geneva conventions.

In the Viet Nam war, we had some "air freight" contractors that did pretty much what ever the CIA wanted but that was on a much smaller scale.

In the Viet Nam war, we had some "air freight" contractors that did pretty much what ever the CIA wanted but that was on a much smaller scale.

And as I recall the CIA air freight contractors were making a little cash on the side shipping opium and heroin around on the taxpayer's dime. Oversight? We don't need no stinkin' oversight.

It's amazing what people in power do in the name of the 'people' - democracy indeed

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