Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army is a book written by independent journalist Jeremy Scahill, published by Nation Books in. That said, I’ll say that Jeremy Scahill’s “Blackwater” gets points for reportage, for his interviews and legwork. “Blackwater”, unlike P.W. Singer’s “Corporate. Book Review of Jeremy Scahill, Blackwater: the. Rise of the Most Powerful Mercenary Army. (/) and From Mercenaries to Market: the Rise and.

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A good book about subject matter that raises a lot of questions, but Scahill doesn’t always do a satisfactory job of answering them. Then let us consider the idea of the cost-plus arrangement, which simply turns into a means of siphoning government money into the coffers of the private company.

But not all mercenaries came from the USA and Europe in the sense of maximizing profits, because they demanded horrendous prices. S11 Ep45 53m 5s checkmark Add to Watchlist. Well this is the history of Blackwater. The event was the murder of Blackwater employees in the city of Fallujah wherein the victims were killed, dismembered, and hung from an overpass to remind Americans that in Fallujah at least, Americans were not welcome. The author strays off topic repeatedly, droning on about the influence of the religious right within the US Government, or about other contractors besides Blackwater.

The implication for US foreign policy and American image overseas is immense. The thing is that this has a lot to do with privatisation, and honestly, it is a really tricky topic to look at.

This page was last edited on 1 Aprilat My English teachers wouldn’t have allowed such poor English in my papers. Jeremy Scahill has an ax to grind and a certain amount of bias shows through in this expose of Blackwater’s corporate army. Published March 8th by Nation Books first published There may well have been up toprivate contractors in Iraq, but few of those are armed men. But let me try to be more lenient on this book. But a bigger problem for me was Scahill’s bias and sometimes misleading reporting.


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

Specifically, “Patriot Act” and consorts aim at nothing more than the establishment of a close-meshed surveillance network. Scahill also accuses William Boykin, former undersecretary of defense for intelligence, of going on “anti-Muslim rants” in public speeches, but if you’ve ever studied any of those speeches, they are not anti-Muslim and were given in front of Christian audiences.

The focus should be fully on the work of Blackwater and where there were scandals and valid questions about that work. That’s the US government’s job. They can hire anyone, including thugs that were involved in apartheid South Africa and Chile. The feeling I go is that religion is okay in a society that has been oppressed and kept ignorant, but not in the elite country of the US with all it’s education.

Nisour Square massacre Abtan v. Initially, logistics and supply tasks were primarily to be placed in the hands of private companies so that the army could concentrate on the primary responsibility of the struggle. This, armed with immunity from prosecution and the duties and responsibilities of the police and military, could also operate within Western democracies.

Group 2 Shop Has dropdown. There is another missed opportunity in the chapter on Blackwater after Katrina – to observe that we had boots on the ground with guns on the Gulf Coast before there was humanitarian aid is disturbing, but again I would have liked more information about this and an analysis of how outsourcing is impacting our disaster relief efforts.

I did find, however, that Scahill reached a little bit by stating that Blackwater Scahill’s book should be highly commended for its incredible wealth of information about Blackwater, the people at the head of the company, and the actors that influenced and supported the private security firms during the first three years of the Iraq War. Clearly corporations with a large presence in a foreign country will have a decidedly different view of US hegemony and imperialism than Washington.

David Cay Johnston who says America’s system has been rigged to benefit the super-rich. And they can brutalize, kill, abuse the local population as much as they like, without any fear of being brought to justice. Learn More about PBS online sponsorship.


This is a fine documentary work in the course of which we learn about the religious conservatives with an adamant view of the salvation of the world through tough United Blafkwater action; the neoconservative outlook. More By and About This Author.

Krieg gegen das eigene Volk. Jeremy Scahill is an American investigative journalist and author whose work focuses on the use of private military companies. Season 11 Episode 28 53m 31s.

The Journal: Jeremy Scahill on Blackwater

So I dislike seeing “mercenary” always used as a pejorative. One of America’s most prominent conservative evangelicals, Rev. After Scahill is done reporting his “facts”, he utterly fails to connect them in any way whatsoever to the larger narrative about B,ackwater. I was also disturbed by the political lobbying to overturn South Africa’s restrictions on its Nationals participating in private armies and the situation in Darfur.

He strongly applies Thou Shalt no Kill, by forming a mercenarily army to kill people for money. John Grisham John Grisham, best-selling author, on money, politics and justice in America today.

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

Nov 16, Valerie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: But really corporate goon squads for the “elite” are nothing new ever heard of the Pinkertons?

So here I am reading this book and a thought springs to mind. Screening personnel, assuring adherence to contracts, auditing expenses those are all legitimate issues, and Scahill rightly points out abuses and failings.

Views Read Edit View history. For example, Scahill quotes people comparing Blackwater to Hitler’s SA brownshirts, which is laughable. Blackwater 1 5 Aug 18, I learned a lot about Blackwater and its founder, Erik Prince. Blackwater is basically a private military heremy does not have to abide by the same rules as an actual military force would.

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