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Blackwater’s License to Kill

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Posted on Aug 20, 2009
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According to the 2004 agreement, Blackwater mercenaries did more than look beefy in photo ops.

A 2004 agreement has come to light that shows that the CIA hired Blackwater contractors to take part in secret operations to find and kill members of al-Qaida. Those tough-guy Blackwater ops—once relegated to being bodyguards for diplomats and politicians—apparently became de facto soldiers under the Bush military regime.

The Guardian:

The CIA hired contractors from the controversial private security firm Blackwater to take part in a secret operation to track down and assassinate members of al-Qaida, it was reported today.

According to the New York Times, the deal with the firm, Blackwater USA, was agreed in 2004 but was only revealed to Congress in June this year after it was discovered by the CIA’s new director, Leon Panetta.

The Blackwater deal did not result in any assassinations, the report said, as it ran into legal, practical and diplomatic difficulties, and the programme was closed down before Panetta took over in February. It is unclear whether the firm’s employees, many of them former soldiers from US special forces, were meant to carry out the killings or simply help with training and surveillance.

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By Monalisa, August 21, 2009 at 9:07 am Link to this comment

I think this is a very scary scenario that really needs more attention. As it is
right now there are already many of these homegrown militias springing up,
and for ever carrying the torch for their second amendment right.

Hard to say if God plays a role in this but, I’ve seen enough bumper stickers to
convince me that the phrase GodNGuns is true for most of them. And more
than anti-government, Muslim hating and gay hating individuals. I think there
gearing up for their Armageddon. And perhaps, they are all preparing for their
interview for future employment with companies such as Blackwater.

After all, Video games are full of similar corporate militia for hire scenarios all
of which many young boys play. Day after day. And it may not be too far
fetched to think that in the not so distant future Guns for hire will be more of a
reality. The idea is already slowly creeping into their young minds like an
advertisement.

But, as my husband said, i could be looking way too much into things.

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By Purple Girl, August 21, 2009 at 8:18 am Link to this comment

an ideology dominated by Profits and Prophets, is a deadly combination to any civilized society.
why should I trust these mercenaries when they are only in it for the money or to wage a ‘Holy War’. Obviously your ‘god’ comes before Country, and apparently so does profits.
Only Question is which one ultimately carries more weight between the two in their decision making process regarding alliances.
Will they only work for Fundementalists Evangelical causes, or is it merely just the highest bidder?
These Private for hire hit squads are no different than the Knights who worked for nobles terrorizing and brutalizing their ‘foes’ and subordinates.
Lets get eh record straight about the Real Knights- They were violent zealots who worked for money prior to Humanity’s ‘Enlightened’ Era. Humanity Grew out of this BS- A Fact Clearly Marked by Our Founding Documents.Reason our Founders Granted us the 2nd Amendment was to assure such rouge bands of hired mercenaries could not overwhelm the masses with sheer force.
The Knights Templar, and the others, did not seize the Holy land to give it to the Isrealites back their ordained Homeland- they seized it for the Roman Cahtolic Church- who paid them handsomely in gold and power (for a while).
Now we hear that Blackwater employees actually referred to themselves as Templars.
We can Romanticize about the ‘Quest for the Holy Grail’ - but in reality they were paid assasins and mass murders, ‘Holy’ only in the fact of whom they were employed by.
Conspiracies abound about how they Templars earned their emmense wealth- found something of extortion quality? Probably not. Exorbinant pay and the fringe benefits of ‘spoils of war’ is more likely.
The Templars were the quintessential hypocrisy of Christianity,as Blackwater is to Freedom.

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By Observer, August 20, 2009 at 6:13 pm Link to this comment
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Readers should also take a >good look< into:

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090831/scahill1

The more one becomes aware of these facts,the more one
must begin to realize the >sick,appalling and criminal
relationship between Blackwater Management and the
previous Bush - Cheney Administration<..... what a disgusting
Bunch of mentally sick - MF`s ! ! !

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By Jim Yell, August 20, 2009 at 1:55 pm Link to this comment
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The Prussianification of the United States and the dismissal of our Bill of Rights and Democratic institutions and still a third of the country thinks the Republicans are right. Yep, Far, Far, Far right. So Right they are Wrong, wrong, wrong about just———oh let’s say it “everything”.

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By MaryT63, August 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm Link to this comment
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Unfortunately majority of americans have to work and only catch bits and pieces of the news and can’t put the pieces together.  But it had been written about before that the CIA had employed private death squads to do these dirty deeds. They also contracted out the torture squads.  A lot of this got sweep under the rug during the heat of the 2008 election campaign.
One day when we learn all the distardly, illegal deeds that our gov’t contracted out in our name we will be shell shocked. 
A reason that Obama won was that corporate america was losing business overseas due to the negative image Bush Admin gave america.  McCain would have presented the same face as Bush to the world.  Corporate america could not have that for they would continue to lose business.  Obama presented that fresh turn the page look for the world to see.  This is why media was allowed to present so much positive coverage of him.  Now that Obama wants to fulfill his campaign promises, corporate america can not have this.
CIA has plausible deniability by contracting out their dirty work.  They can deny, deny.  Holder should throw the book at them but he won’t.

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By bernard martin, August 20, 2009 at 12:38 pm Link to this comment
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Knowing what we do of the connection between “Xe’s” Prince and the Cheney administration, hasn’t it become clear that,berring the spiffy uniforms, the good, ol’ U.S.of A. has it’s own version of the SS?

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By ChaoticGood, August 20, 2009 at 9:56 am Link to this comment

Private hit squads supposedly aimed at America’s enemies.  Sounds good unless those enemies turn out to be you and me. But the right-wingers always answer this with a naive “I am not an enemy, so they won’t come after me”.  They trust a private company to administer ultimate justice, and that is foolish beyond belief
After all the world history of the misuse of this type of mercenary hit men, we should never allow the privatization of our military.

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By Fat Freddy, August 20, 2009 at 9:16 am Link to this comment

A 2004 agreement has come to light that shows how the CIA hired Blackwater contractors to take part in secret operations to find and kill members of Al-Qaida. While once-relegated to bodyguard status for diplomats and politicians, this news shows how those sunglass-laden Blackwater ops had become de facto soldiers under the Bush military regime.

Just as long as they weren’t being used as strikebreakers , right?

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