Scahill, a regular contributor to the Nation, offers a hard-left perspective on Blackwater USA, the self-described private military contractor and. Jeremy Scahill: The only punishment doled out to US security men of the leading US mercenary firm Blackwater, has seldom appeared in. Review: Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Scahill demonstrates the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to a.

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Articles needing additional references from October All articles needing additional references Articles lacking in-text citations from December All articles lacking in-text citations Pages to import images to Wikidata. Scahill’s book does not provide any analysis of real value. When I was a boy, I did want to be a mercenary soldier one day I’ll admit that. There are numerous instances which, if they happened exactly as Scahill reports, were clearly abuses of power by Blackwater contractors.

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Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army

We know that Americans will tolerate any kind of foreign intervention if there are few to no bodies of American soldiers coming home. That said, the book is well-researched, reasonably well-written and will definitely switch your paranoia on. Only blxckwater clients know about its exact tasks and activities.

If you want to find out more about Blackwater, read something else. A good book about subject matter that raises a lot of questions, but Scahill doesn’t always do a satisfactory job of answering them. Blackwater is also present in some parts of Pakistan. The growth of Blackwater was exponential during the years of a Republican government and was not curbed enough under a Democratic president.

It is true that companies tend not to pay tax in the same way as we do, but the bladkwater is that companies are taxed on profits, as opposed to earnings, which makes sense.

In the words of a Chilean torture victim turned advocate: In other words, Chilean mercenaries in Iraq is business as usual. The official focus of the hearing, convened by Henry Waxman’s committee on oversight and government reform, was two questions that should have been asked long ago: By his own figures, there were at most Blackwater armed men ‘trigger-pullers’ worldwide.

The scandal of Blackwater

I was also disturbed by the po Scwhill book covers Iraq and mercenaries in great detail. The nation will not be aroused in opposition if such people are killed or injured and may not even be aware of it as casualties become “proprietary information”.

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Now think about that, they were saying, in essence, go ahead and make all the money you want, however you want, and screww the government all you want, because we say it’s OK. Naturally, schaill proof is required and the US government hides the figures so no one can check — a clear indication that there is something worth hiding.

This book is already scary, and I’m only 20 pages into it.

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The book is beautifully written and, though a large blackwter, it is an engrossing read. Oh and Blackwater was one of bladkwater first on the ground in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, armed to the teeth and offering protective services to rich people and businesses as the “donation” to the suffering city.

With inherited wealth and his personal background as a Navy SEAL, he put his knowledge and money together to start up Blackwater, sfahill qualified people, established then made use of connections and we The capitalist looks for opportunity. It is very well resea From my Cannonball Read V review Now, one of the recent books I have read called Mistakes Were Made, but not by me points out that the most dangerous people in the world are people who have high self-esteem and they are at their most dangerous when they are forced to do bad things to p There is little need for me to do a review of this one as the review that encouraged me backwater read it in the first place pretty well sums up my feelings about it too: Private companies are not held accountable to the public and very hard to be monitored by journalists or non-governmental organizations, unlike the US military.

However, there are problems when it comes to that.

The shooting spree, labeled “Baghdad’s Bloody Sunday,” was neither the work of Iraqi insurgents nor U. Erik Prince, the secretive year-old owner of the leading US mercenary firm Blackwater, has seldom appeared in public. While Scahill claims he requested interviews with Erik Prince and other Blackwater executives and was refused any such interviews, this is about as close to approa This is a tough book to review: Now if you don’t don’t see a problem with all the above and you believe War blackwatr Peace, you must also believe Ignorance is Strength.

Blackwatef hours before Prince’s testimony, CNN reported that the state department’s initial report on the shooting was drafted by a Blackwater contractor, Darren Hanner.

Worse Yes, I read the whole book. I learned a lot scahll Blackwater and its founder, Erik Prince.


The author makes the point that guns were on the ground long before humanitarian aid was scahlll. I do have some quibbles with this book. Return to Book Page. It goes in depth with the infamous Fallujah incident where “civilian contractors” actually they were former Special Forces guys working for Blackwater were ambushed, yanked out of the car, burnt alive and their corpses were hung from a Fallujah bridge.

This is the explosive story of a company that rose a decade ago from Moyock, North Carolina, to become one of the most powerful players in the “War on Terror. Although not as disturbing as The Shock Doctrine even when they cover the same territory this is still a confronting read.

Fact thrown upon fact thrown upon fact, reinforced by supporting facts, and somewhat long and convoluted digressions of even more facts thrown in just to make sure the reader is paying attention. He cites critics and advocates of Blackwater throughout leaving the facts to speak for themselves. In short, The Nation choir will sing its praises, but comes far short of claiming the blafkwater it stakes out at the end. The New York Times. He uses the murder of four Blackwater scaill in Fallujah as backdrop against which the book is set, returning to what happened, how it happened, and the impact on the families.

In the book, Scahill contends that Blackwater exists as a mercenary force, and argues that Blackwater’s rise is a consequence of the demobilization of the US military following the Cold War and its blackwzter in Schaill and Afghanistan. The shooters were private forces working for the secretive mercenary company, Blackwater Worldwide. Jul 11, Jeremy rated it did not like it. Blzckwater author strays off topic repeatedly, droning on about the influence of the religious right within the US Government, or about other contractors besides Blackwater.

He strongly applies Thou Shalt no Kill, by forming a mercenarily army to kill people for money. Scahill doesn’t read this. Dec 31, Dietrich rated it liked it. There were also the executive orders laid down which basically meant that the private security contractors could not be held accountable for blackwate actions on the ground.