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reply to post by Yusomad
I will keep telling myself that...because I am current a PSC, have been for 5 years in Afghanistan...and before that 2 tours in Iraq with the US Army, the second one operating in Baghdad as security for counter-intel...and working with DoS and BW. So, compare my first hand experience to what people read in the internet. Are there idiots that do violate the RoE, yes...both PSC and US mil. But, the RoE is nothing but a tool...like any tool it can be used right or wrong. It's been my experience over several years that a great deal of people have no idea about what is going on, on the ground...and have an ax to grind with contractor, mainly the former-Blackwater.
It's BS. Slayer should know better. You just fell hook, line, and sinker for propaganda.
reply to post by SirDrinksalot
Silly me trying to have an adult conversation on a conspiracy website. Most of the threads I have read on here tend to turn to 'yes I am, no you're not' at some point...this one just did. My attempt was to straighten out some of the wild accusations thrown at private security contractors, and especially at the former Blackwater company. I wouldn't bet against contractors from several companies have been hired to secure certain places in Crimea. However, the statements that 'Blackwater' is a private army up for the highest bidder and that all contractors are nothing but CIA mercs is total BS. What you personally believe is irrelevant to me, and not worth my attempt to change your mind. No offense to anyone on this site, but ATS'ers would be more likely to believe someone that has special 'contacts' or 'know someone' as long as it feeds into what they want to believe. But if you have a specific question for me, I'd be glad to answer it.
The Russian government today claimed there are more than 100 American “mercenaries” from a defense contracting company disguised as Ukrainian troops in the embattled former Soviet nation, a claim the American firm and top U.S. officials deny.
The Russian Foreign Ministry made the allegation in a statement today that accused Ukrainian military forces of working with “illegal armed militias” and others, saying the ministry is “especially concerned” about the involvement of 150 American mercenaries from the private company Greystone Ltd., a former affiliate of Blackwater.
A woman who answered a call for comment from ABC News today at Greystone denied that the company was involved, saying, “We do not have anyone deployed in Ukraine.” Later, the company told other news outlets they had no comment on the Russian allegations.
White House spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters the claim “seems bogus to us” and Geoffrey Pyatt, U.S. Ambassador to Russia, called it “rubbish.”