posted on Jun, 10 2004 @ 03:45 AM
Shocking article about the size of the Private military in Iraq funded by the US on
Bush's secret army - The USA hires contract soldiers to fight in Iraq
After the US government, who is the biggest single military contributor to the occupation of Iraq? Not Britain - as official figures claim - but
private military companies. Over 10,000 men and women perform various jobs under contract to the military in Iraq we have been told. Furthermore,
official US government figures indicate that out of a total US$85bn allocated by the USA for military operations in the Middle East this year, over a
third will go to private contractors. A reality check: this figure is greater than the defence budgets of most countries.
The transfer of jobs performed by the military to private companies has a long history and is justifiable. Governments have a duty to get value for
their taxpayers' money and many support jobs, such as providing logistical back-up in the form of transport, catering or housing, is best left to the
private sector. Furthermore, a great deal of the military expenditure in purchasing new weapons actually goes on maintenance and technological
How does this work in Iraq? When the USA launched its invasion last March, its battleships included civilians, operating some of the world's most
sophisticated weapons systems. Unmanned Predator drones, the Global Hawks, and the B-2 stealth bombers went into action with weapons not only
maintained, but actually operated by civilians.
The private sector became even more deeply involved in the war's aftermath. A US company has the lucrative contract to train the new Iraqi army;
another to recruit and train an Iraqi police force. And even the life of the USA's chief civilian administration in Iraq, Paul Bremer, is usually
protected by a private company, rather than conventional US troops.
A US-based company is providing patrols throughout Iraq and its arsenal ranges from M4 assault rifles to 20mm cannons mounted on its own helicopters.
The company operates firing training ranges in the USA and actively recruits for what, to all intents and purposes, is now a private army. It is all