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phoebe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-14-04 04:00 PM
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57. you are on the right track
this whole incident is to distract us from just who exactly was in there doing the interrogations. The focus should be on the "private contractors" (read security contractors) who are not bound by any rules. "The most prized were plucked from the world's elite special forces units." according to a New York Times article.


Security Companies: Shadow Soldiers in Iraq

by David Barstow, New York Times
April 19th, 2004

They have come from all corners of the world. Former Navy Seal commandos from North Carolina. Gurkas from Nepal. Soldiers from South Africa's old apartheid government. They have come by the thousands, drawn to the dozens of private security companies that have set up shop in Baghdad. The most prized were plucked from the world's elite special forces units. Others may have been recruited from the local SWAT team.

But they are there, racing about Iraq in armored cars, many outfitted with the latest in high-end combat weapons. Some security companies have formed their own "Quick Reaction Forces," and their own intelligence units that produce daily intelligence briefs with grid maps of "hot zones." One company has its own helicopters, and several have even forged diplomatic alliances with local clans.


"I refer to them as our silent partner in this struggle," Senator John W. Warner, the Virginia Republican and Armed Services Committee chairman, said in an interview.


"Security in a hostile fire area is a classic military mission," Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island, a member of the Armed Service committee, wrote last week in a letter to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld signed by 12 other Democratic senators. "Delegating this mission to private contractors raises serious questions."
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