Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army on the future of Blackwater Worldwide.
The Nation – “Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater: Leaving Iraq, Chasing Pirates?” – 4 Feb 09 (4:10):
After $1.3 billion in government contracts and controversy over the killing of innocent Iraqi civilians, Blackwater Worldwide is moving on. The Washington Post reported this week that Blackwater, the for-profit military company contracted by the Bush administration to provide securities services in Iraq, will not have its Iraq contract renewed. But the powerful military corporation has no plans to slow down after what has been an extraordinarily profitable decade.
Nation contributor Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, discusses the legacy and future of Blackwater Worldwide, including its expansion into hot new markets: chasing Somalian pirates and total intelligence gathering.
The US State Dept. is shopping around for a new private mercenary force to take Blackwater’s place in Iraq.
Before Somalia became a stateless nation — going from an immensely failed state to a slightly less failed state in the process — four American oil giants had contracts with the brutally atrocious government to rape the untapped oil reserves.
These are the entities who Blackwater slaughters in the name of.
Policing Somalian piracy is sheer hypocrisy. In America, we refer to the equivalent of Somalian pirates as ‘the Coast Guard’.