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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Sep 13, Mariella rated it really liked it. Views Read Edit View history. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. At this point, the free market people would balk and say despite all of its shortcomings, privatization is more efficient. And they can brutalize, kill, abuse the local population as much as they like, without any fear of being brought to justice.

It is very well resea From my Cannonball Read V review In an interview with PBS on frontline a spokesperson of KBR repeatedly dodged the question about the cost of the operation. Scahill for your hard work and dedication in exposing this story and bringing it to a mass audience.

From my Cannonball Read V review It is one thing to have a strong opinion, but quite another to let that brilliant idea cloud your judgment and from blackwzter style, I am r I’d sczhill like to like this book.

But he’s better at the small-scale stuff the story of how a bunch of Chilean Blackwater recruits ended up fighting an American war in Iraq, for instance than he is at the big-picture cont A good book about subject matter that raises a lot of questions, but Scahill doesn’t always do a satisfactory job of answering them. Finally finished this book, and I must say I was a little disappointed.


Still, it’s well researched, dives deep into many of the questions at play, and should be read as a means of provoking discussion on an important topic. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

For example, Scahill quotes people comparing Blackwater to Hitler’s SA brownshirts, which is laughable. Jeremy Scahill is a first-rate investigative journalist, of that I have no doubt, but he also has a clear anti-Blackwater, anti-Prince family agenda to sell, and he wastes not a single word selling it here. Now let me list the way he follow the religion he claims to strongly uphold. The biggest concern I have after reading this book is that the United States government had ceded foreign policy to a corporate entity.

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

Ironically, Hillary Clinton was a co-sponsor of the legislation when she was a senator and running for president. Actually, the Victorian government set up a similar organisation to provide security for the railway stations, and even though these PSO public security officers are government employees, they are still considered to have been rejected by the police force.

In particular, the former Latin American death squads and unemployed South African apartheid soldiers enjoyed enormous popularity due to their efficiency and experience and were used in large numbers in Iraq. Blackwater is also present in some parts of Pakistan.

The growth of Blackwater was exponential bkackwater the years of a Republican government and was not curbed enough under a Democratic president. Take it a step further.

If this man had any shred of sanity he would see that he is doing the opposite of what his religion states. That’s the US government’s blxckwater. One Blackwater type admitted to using “blended metal bullets” which made virtually any impact fatal. I don’t think their politics really surprise anyone. Anyway, on with the impotent rage. But like I mentioned, the overall effect of this is to raise some big questions – ones that the author assumes are answered from page one.


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

I have interned for the UN in Rwanda, and read widely about international affairs. The basis for the tremendous success of the now repeatedly renamed security firm Blackwater put the Republican initiatives in the term of George W Bush, which relied on the massive privatization of the American military.

The implication for US foreign policy and American image overseas is immense.

Also while the U. Blackwater employees are expected to train a local militia and build an army steered by the US, as a direct military presence would be too prominent a provocation for Russia and Iran. Apr 25, Ashley rated it really liked it Shelves: With the building of ever more massive mercenary armies Please note that I put the original German text at the end of this review.

In the process, America is letting private companies undermine the principle of democratic accountability.