Saturday, September 22, 2007
Last night on Keith Olbermann's Countdown, Jeremy Scahill, who has written a book on Blackwater called Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, claimed that there are 180,000 contracted private security forces fighting a parallel war in Iraq next to the 170,000 troops. This is a significantly higher number than the 20,000-30,000 previously reported.
The differences are that the private troops, who are truly mercenaries, are paid better then the regular troops, they operate outside of all laws and regulations, they murder with impunity, and now they are being investigated for smuggling weapons onto the black market in Iraq, some of which may have ended up in the hands of officially identified terrorist groups.
Who wants to guess what these hired goons are going to do when they get home?