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August 30, 2008

Blackwater gearing up for Hurricane Gustav

Blackwater is recruiting in advance of Hurricane Gustav's U.S. landfall.

This will be the first time Blackwater has mobilized under its Homeland Security Contracts, according to RJ Hillhouse, and expert on private military and intelligence.

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Son of a bitch.

Under the Clinton Administration, the government was able to respond to disasters without paying mercenaries carrying rifles.

I am unaware of any Katrina type disasters in the Clinton era. Katrina was a unique disaster in a city where the city / state government performed abysmally at every task local government would be expected to do, and where there are far worse crime/social problems that you see in Florida or California.

There's still money to be made courtesy of Bush.

Why don't they just privatize the entire management of the country? The president and congress could be like board members who get together once in a while and Eric Prince could be the CEO handling the daily operations of the United States.

Why don't they just privatize the management of the entire country? The president and the congress could be board members who get together once in a while and Eric Prince could run daily operations as the CEO of the United States.

Well, seems like privatization of essential services in certain locales is a good thing. Blackwater is being cautious, conscientious and proactive. Any idea what Mayor Ray Nagin is up too? Did he at least tell police and fire that they should stick around for over-time this weekend?

Under the Clinton Administration, the government was able to respond to disasters without paying mercenaries carrying rifles.

Under the Clinton Administration first responders weren't shot at, they were in the Katrina aftermath, so this time the first responders will be protected against attacks. If you think protecting aid workers from attacks and looting is sinister, I suppose you should be outraged.

Under the Clinton adminstration FEMA worked.

Under the Clinton Adminstration the Red Cross wasn't banned from rendering aid

Under the Clinton Administration hired guns didn't shoot at citizens.

Not that I think you suadable (since you are either spouting tired talking points from ignorance; which the least effort would have dispelled, or willfully lying) but a comprehensive detailing of Katrina is digested here at Making Light, were it was exhaustively collated at the time.

The simple truth it, the Gov't abandoned them, and since then has done damn all to really help them.

Oh, and here's an account from someone who was living in the midst of the, "anarchy"

Real Heroes

Over at my corner of the federal government they (Bush, that is, we're an executive branch agency.) wanted to privatize the lot of us. Everyone, excepting higher level executive people, who was doing a job for which private industry might supply an equivalent hire was to be transferred to a private contractor. They did a huge study which took months and discovered (amazing!) that even when you screw the employees out of their time in service benefits and pull the plug on their federal 401K equivalent, the cost of duplicating overhead and providing a profit for the contractor yields (Brace yourself. You might want to sit down.) no net gain.

Of course we do science. It might be different if you're doing law enforcement. Then again, law enforcement might not exactly be what we're talking about here. Is this a a mission for which no public agency exists? Are these Blackwater guys getting training in Miranda rights subtleties or are crowd control and marksmanship what they're all about? What does Blackwater provide that other public entities do not? And at what price?

Eric Jaffa: "Under the Clinton Administration, the government was able to respond to disasters without paying mercenaries carrying rifles."

The Phantom: "I am unaware of any Katrina type disasters in the Clinton era. Katrina was a unique disaster in a city where the city / state government performed abysmally at every task local government would be expected to do, and where there are far worse crime/social problems that you see in Florida or California."

Actually, the problems in New Orleans rest squarely on the fact that a government contract overseen by a Republican to fix the levees was mismanaged and thus the levees broke. And now we have another government contract overseen by a Republican where extralegal mercenaries are being sent to... Well what, exactly, is their mission, anyway? Shoot people? Deliver food? What?

Enoch

Geez. The levees weren't put up in January 2001, and their maintenance issues didn't begin then either. Any and all mismanagement issues precede Bush by decades.

He and FEMA etc deserve heat...but so do Clinton, Reagan, Bush, and others. Every bad thing that happened during the past seven years is not Bush's fault.

Bush and McCain ate cake and played guitar in the sun while Katrina happened and bush's patsy #40696854746352 took the heat for the failure of FEMA.
How shrub apologists have the gall to keep crawling out from under rocks is a mystery.

most of these posts just show how stupid, "real" AMERICA is. here you have a company that is willing to do good and be in harms way for weeks on end and you think it's wrong. you don't realize that "if" our government "could do it" they would! but they can't! that is the issue! eric prince should run for president! at least we would have a real army! with a real leader looking out for the USA!

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