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Originally posted by BlasteR
Or things like laws or the UCMJ!
Originally posted by slackerwire
reply to post by BlasteR
Actually his agenda does matter. Scahill and his little book are full of factually incorrect lies and propaganda.
One hundred twenty two of its armed personnel in Iraq have been dismissed from their positions by Blackwater since its contract to protect U.S. diplomats began nearly three years ago. These firings were most frequently for incidents related to weapons use. On October 3rd, 2007, the New York Times reported that the government was charged $1,222 for each day of work by a Blackwater security guard in Iraq.
An active-duty sergeant (or E-6 in military terminology) has an annual base pay of $33,976 plus allowances for housing and subsistence, for a total of $44,863. Adding special duty pay, a re-enlistment bonus aggregated over four years, and other allowances, minus federal taxes, the total net cash compensation comes to $63,340 a year.
That may not seem like much when compared with a similarly qualified military contractor, whose average base pay is $165,000. But the PMC receives no other benefits.
Because he is rotated in and out of Iraq every 90 days, he cannot claim the income tax exemptions that he could if he was stationed abroad for a full tax year. In his high tax bracket, he must pay $69,300 in federal taxes -- more than 50 times what the sergeant must pay.
But that still leaves the contractor with a net cash compensation of $95,700, or about 38 percent more than the sergeant.