I was honored to see Jeremy Scahill speak here at “Socialism 2007” conference in my hometown of Chicago, IL in 2007, months after the release of his monumental Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, for the first time. In light of Mr. Scahill’s breaking story of former Blackwater employees alleging its founder is a murderer in sworn statements, that Blackwater (now operating under the name “Xe”) continues to operate under the Obama Administration, and my analysis of the affidavits, the question of many is: What is Blackwater?
Jeremy Scahill – “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army” – 16 June 07 (47:23):
I was able to find this lecture from June 2007, thanks to Paul Hubbard. It opened my eyes to this institution. Mr. Scahill’s book on Blackwater changed my outlook toward corporatism and the evils of the Iraq War in a way that Prof. Noam Chomsky’s Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance opened my eyes to the immorality of the American Empire.
See interviews with Mr. Scahill on the story he broke earlier this week and his blog for more. See his update today at The Nation. If you’re unfamiliar with Mr. Scahill, he’s truly one of the hardest-working, honest voices speaking truth to power serving us with information. Subscribe to his blog and follow him on Twitter.