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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:42 PM
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U.S. pays Blackwater $320 million for secret "global security" program
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Jeremy Scahill

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Researcher Garrett Ordower contributed to this story.

While the Bush Administration calls for the immediate disbanding of what it has labeled "private" and "illegal" militias in Lebanon and Iraq, it is pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into its own global private mercenary army tasked with protecting US officials and institutions overseas. The secretive program, which spans at least twenty-seven countries, has been an incredible jackpot for one heavily Republican-connected firm in particular: Blackwater USA. Government records recently obtained by The Nation reveal that the Bush Administration has paid Blackwater more than $320 million since June 2004 to provide "diplomatic security" services globally. The massive contract is the largest known to have been awarded to Blackwater to date and reveals how the Administration has elevated a once-fledgling security firm into a major profiteer in the "war on terror."

Blackwater's highly lucrative "diplomatic security" contract was officially awarded under the State Department's little-known Worldwide Personal Protective Service (WPPS) program, described in State Department documents as a government initiative to protect US officials as well as "certain foreign government high level officials whenever the need arises."

A heavily redacted 2005 government audit of Blackwater's WPPS contract proposal, obtained by The Nation, reveals that Blackwater included profit in its overhead and its total costs, which would result "not only in a duplication of profit but a pyramiding of profit since in effect Blackwater is applying profit to profit." The audit also found that the company tried to inflate its profits by representing different Blackwater divisions as wholly separate companies.

The rest is at: http://www.thenation.com/doc/20060828/scahill


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harlinchi Donating Member (954 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:45 PM
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1. And I thought 'diplomatic security' was a function of the USMC! n/t
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 02:54 PM
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5. Ha! Not in Bushworld.
:scared:
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Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:45 PM
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2. That's over three times as much as Iran gives Hezbollah in Lebanon.
So is this how we will fight future wars? No more volunteer military, mercs mercs mercs!

Now all they have to do is invent giant robots and this will feel like a bad game of Mechwarriors. Wanna be your own boss? Wanna make a lot of money?
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:46 PM
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3. Dogs of War - Mercenaries - Blood Money



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Vinnie From Indy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 01:46 PM
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4. The only thing missing is the "Skull" insignia on their caps.
Edited on Thu Aug-10-06 01:47 PM by Vinnie From Indy
The SS started out as a private army tasked with protecting the "party".
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anotherdrew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:00 PM
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6. this should be grounds for impeachment we have a military for this
not some unaccountable mercenary dicks
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Lars39 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:00 PM
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7. 27 countries
I bet Blackwater runs security for the secret US prisons scattered around the globe.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:14 PM
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17. I'm sure of it...
and why is it always Blackwater? I bet there's a Pandora's Box of horrors underneath all of this.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:16 PM
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Maine-ah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:28 PM
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21. LOL, oh, I have read all of your posts at this point
welcome, and enjoy your...um...... stay.







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RCinBrooklyn Donating Member (421 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:01 PM
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8. Scary. A mercenary army beholden to the boss as opposed to the people.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:15 PM
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9. This is insane and likely, illegal. What are we paying for?
Who has oversight -- anyone?

I'm bookmarking this to start an action thread in GD if no one else wants to. I want my Senators to explain to me why this is happening without a peep from the Senate.

These bastards.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:28 PM
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10. These bastards indeed.
I agree that this is likely illegal. And if the Senate "oversight" committee lets this go unchecked, then we truly have reached despotism, and it's going to take a massive mobilization of the people to bring this shit to a halt.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:40 PM
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12. What do you think of an action thread? It's August and all, lol
But maybe we could devise one for GD. Gawd, when you think of what those funds -- the WE need so much -- are likely paying for, it's enough to explode your head.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:49 PM
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13. Absolutely....
Were you thinking about a "call-your-congressperson or senator" type thread?
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:53 PM
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14. Something like that. Or, maybe, send a piece of mail.
But I'm thinking Tuesday. It is August, so Fri/Mon are even more useless than usual.

I'll be happy to post the OP Tues early and if I may, I'll pm you when it's up.

:hi:
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:54 PM
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15. D'accord. Tres bien.
Go for it! :hi:
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 03:38 PM
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11. Considering how much Bush relies on "diplomacy," we got rooked!
Bush Administration has paid Blackwater more than $320 million since June 2004 to provide "diplomatic security" services globally

Perhaps they meant to say provides security to Bush's corporate cronies who go overseas to divie up the spoils of illegal war...
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bonito Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 04:00 PM
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16. Kick n/t
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mom cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:18 PM
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19. Be very,very afraid.
I sure am.
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Raydawg1234 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:23 PM
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20. "certain foreign government high level officials whenever the need arises"
Are they giving the Saudi leaders a mercenary force?
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Doremus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:36 PM
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22. Shrub's private militia. Does everyone feel safer now? n/t
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donkeyotay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 05:54 PM
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23. I once read that privatizing defense was Cheney's idea
Another one of those things that would have been debated had we actually been living in a free country. A private military is even less accountable, and defense should not be a for-profit enterprise.
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 08:03 PM
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24. Jack-booted thugs don't come cheap.
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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 08:10 PM
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25. LOL...
:evilgrin:
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Ouabache Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-10-06 08:46 PM
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26. Maybe asshat* could escalate his 'war on kleptocracy' here
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