posted on Aug, 30 2007 @ 01:49 AM
I agree that mercenaries (sorry, I mean "private security") corporations are, to some degree politically motivated, but the overriding motivation is
to make money. The idea that these groups are there to help bring peace and stability to any region is surely counter to their own interests.
Conflict is BIG business for both the arms manufacturers and those who use the arms to fight. Therefore, where peace reigns, conflict must be sought
in order for those corporations to exist and make money.
It's also worth remembering that these big mercenary corporations owe no loyalty to any one country or any particular ideology. Once again, the
issue of accountability comes to the fore as these groups report directly to a political entity (or perhaps a small cabal within the government)
rather than having their activities overseen by any sort of judicial review board or neutral oversight entity. In fact, they are similar in some ways
to Mafia enforcers, there to do the bidding of the Don, who must also keep a close eye on them lest they get a better offer from someone else to turn
It seems the current administration is expanding the use of outsourcing in this area and also now the intel sector, with the DIA seeking to award big
contracts to outside agencies for work traditionally carried out by, and to some extent controlled by, government oversight committees. Again this is
a dangerous path to be going down, where an outside agency will produce whatever intel is required by the paymasters, and will answer directly to that
paymaster without oversight.
I guess the bottom line really is who's interests do these corporations have in mind, the country or the paymaster?