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Ex Pentagon Watchdog joins Blackwater USA

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posted on Sep, 19 2007 @ 04:55 PM

Joseph Schmitz, the Pentagon's chief internal watchdog since March 2002, has quit to join a defense contractor involved in private security services, the Pentagon announced on Wednesday.

Schmitz will become chief operating officer and general counsel of McLean, Virginia-based Prince Group, which manufactures items on contract and owns Blackwater USA, a security consultant working in Iraq, said Lt. Col. Rose-Ann Lynch, a Defense Department spokeswoman.

Schmitz's last day as Pentagon inspector general will be September 9, Lynch said. He headed investigations of a wide range of scandals, including a failed $23.5 billion Air Force deal with Boeing Co. to acquire refueling tankers, sexual assaults at the Air Force Academy and contracting abuses in postwar Iraq.

At Blackwater, Schmitz will be working with Cofer Black, a former State Department and CIA counterterrorism coordinator, who joined earlier this year as vice chairman.

Not only does Blackwater USA recruit foreign mercenaries from places like Peru, the Phillapines, ex South African military/police, the company is also recruiting ex CIA, NSA as well as highly informed government strategists.

Blackwater USA consists of nine separate business units: Blackwater Training Center (the largest private firearms and tactical training center in the U. S.), Blackwater Target Systems, Blackwater Security Consulting, Blackwater Canine, Maritime Security, manufacturing of custom Armored Vehicles, Parachute Jump Team, Aviation, and Raven Development Group. We also have relationships with our strategic partners, Aviation Worldwide Services and Greystone Ltd.

According to the information printed on their own web site, the company has nine different military based units and the company has increases 300% every year for the past three years. These are not your local security guard patrols, these people are building an Army.

I am here to suggest that this is not a force being built for security only. Certainly they are being contracted as defense agents for large corporations who are trying to protect oil interests in Iraq. But what happens when the middle eastern conflict ends? I believe that this force is being built as a major offensive weapon who in times of hardship will work for the highest bidder, whoever that may be. Does this mean that if, say for instance, the Iranian government wished to hire Blackwater on as a contractor to wage war against Israel or even the USA, who is to say that they wouldn't turn against their western allies? After all, they are mercenaries and by nature can not be trusted.


[edit on 9/19/07 by BlackOps719]

posted on Sep, 26 2007 @ 02:52 PM
"After all, they are mercenaries and by nature can not be trusted. "

That's an awfully sweeping generalization, and the other premises are based upon a great deal of assumptions as well. Is there any evidence that Blackwater as a corporation, or its employees have shown their willingness to do the bidding of anyone, so long as they're the highest bidder? This organization is not analogous to the French Foreign Legion, in terms of having offensive capabilities(where are the tanks, artillery, fighter/bomber, etc.. necessary to conduct offensive ops). The Foreign Legion is basically a Merc unit, but they haven't gone into any partnerships with unfriendly governments either.


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