Thursday, June 29, 2006

The "war on terror" homecoming

Writing for The Nation, Jeremy Scahill reported that the Bush administration paid Blackwater mercenaries $950 a day to patrol New Orleans, totalling over $33.3 million, between September and December 2005, and "well surpassing the amount of Blackwater's contract to guard Ambassador Paul Bremer when he was head of the US occupation of Iraq." Meanwhile, New Orleans is being shortshrifted of funds needed for "job creation, hospital and school reconstruction, affordable housing and wetlands restoration."

Illinois Democrat Jan Schakowsky:

"Ask any American if they want thugs from a private, for-profit company with no official law-enforcement training roaming the streets of their neighborhoods. The answer will be a resounding NO."

Who does Blackwater recruit into its mercenary army?

Among Blackwater's ranks are "Chilean troops trained under the brutal rule of Augusto Pinochet":
"We scour the ends of the earth to find professionals murderers," company president Gary Jackson told the Guardian. "The Chilean commandos are very, very professional murderous, and they fit within the Blackwater system."

Concluded Scahill:
Blackwater's sweetheart deals, both domestic and international, are representative of how business has been done under Bush. They are a troubling indicator of a trend toward less accountability and transparency and greater privatization of critical government functions.


Mercenary executions in New Orleans

Blood Is Thicker Than Blackwater

(Hat tip: New Orleans Network).

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At 6/30/2006 01:12:00 AM, Blogger LisaPal said...

This kind of stuff makes my head want to explode.

At 6/30/2006 06:24:00 AM, Blogger Mr. Clio said...

So their "professionals" patrolled the streets for $30 million, and the looters still treated two-story flooded homes like going-out-of-business Kirschmans?

They're not that good. I could do that for $950 a day.

At 7/01/2006 01:27:00 PM, Blogger Schroeder said...

Better tie that eye mask on a little tighter then Lisa!

$950 a day, and they don't even have to fill out reports when they cap a looter (or someone else they decide they don't like).


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