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Covers the rise of mercenaries, exemplified by Blackwater, who are receiving very large amounts of money to keep the peace in hotspots around the world. Of course, while Blackwater's owner and senior A comprehensive and a bit shocking overview of Blackwater and the privatization of our military capabilities. Jeremy Scahill. Helps you meet Blackwater USA, the private army that the US government has hired to operate in international war zones and on American oil. Its contacts run from military and intelligence agencies to the upper echelons of the White House; it has a military base, a fleet of aircraft and 20, troops.
He has covered the war in Iraq; the downfall of Milosevic s government in Serbia; the role of the Chevron oil corporation in the massacre of protesting villagers in the Niger Delta; and the involvement of mercenaries in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. He was among the only western reporters to gain access to the Abu Ghraib prison when Saddam Hussein was in power.
Scahill has won numerous journalism awards. Blackwater is his first book. Authors Note.
Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army
It won one of the George Polk Awards. The book details the rise of Blackwater USA , a private military company , and the growth of security contracting in the Iraq War and the War on Terrorism. 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 overextension in Iraq and Afghanistan. He describes further how Blackwater at the time of writing serves in Iraq and Afghanistan like, in his judgement, a Praetorian Guard , protecting top authority figures and enjoying immunity from the usual constraints and regulations on traditional armies. Scahill argues that Blackwater's leadership was motivated by a right-wing Republican ideology, and that its founder, Erik Prince , has provided significant assistance in that venue. Blackwater is also present in some parts of Pakistan.