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Originally posted by where
Blackwater is not a "private army". They operate by different rules of engagement than traditional military. They're hardly allowed to shoot back when they're shot at, and hey, almost just like our military.
Seriously though. Security forces like Blackwater operate under different rules of engagement and cannot initiate firefights. If for-hire services had the same engagement rules as traditional military, they would be considered mercenaries. Perhaps that's why a few of them were murdered in Fallujah, and once they got tired of being murdered, they started firing back, and yet, once they do, they get kicked out of Iraq. It's a sticky situation for them.
And of course it's run by a right-wing guy. Do you really think any liberal would ever run a gun store?
[edit on 23-7-2008 by where]
Originally posted by SpartanKingLeonidas
reply to post by fastwalker23
Great interview of Jeremy Scahill. His book on Blackwater was one of the reasons I began this thread. It's in depth and informative.
Thanks for the post.
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
Starred and Flagged Friend..
People BETTER be paying attention to this company, because when the sh** hits the fan, they will likely be at the head of the class in cracking down on domestic dissent, and they don't have to play by the rules of law, just like our ruthless gov does not. Only these guys are mercs and killers.
I saw where they were recently denied a training camp in so-cal---Thank heavens for that.
These guys are bad news, big time.