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Ear to the Ground

Karzai Shows Security Contractors the Door

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Posted on Oct 3, 2010
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Blackwater security personnel escort U.S. State Department employees in Baghdad in August 2009. The company is now known as Xe Services.

In your face, foreign community! Afghan President Hamid Karzai has begun dissolving foreign private security companies, including the firm formerly known as Blackwater, as he moves to make good on a promise to ban the private contractors by year’s end. —JCL

Los Angeles Times:

Karzai caught Western officials by surprise in mid-August when he announced a ban on private security firms that would take effect by year’s end. The U.S. Embassy at the time expressed support in principle but suggested the timetable was unrealistic.

NATO’s International Security Assistance Force relies on private contractors to guard bases and supply lines, and many international organizations also use private security firms. With the insurgency increasing its reach across the country, few consider the Afghan police and military ready to step in and fill the role of security contractors.

The moves aimed at security contractors were the latest show of tension between Karzai and his foreign backers. Western officials have been highly critical of corruption in the Afghan government, and there are indications of widespread fraud in last month’s parliamentary elections. Results still have not be released.

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photoshock's avatar

By photoshock, October 5, 2010 at 7:11 am Link to this comment

If it is true, Yea! for Hamid Karzai!

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By PatrickHenry, October 4, 2010 at 3:47 pm Link to this comment

There have always been mercenaries and today in Afghanistan is no different.

I already pay for an army with my tax money, why should I pay more for a mercenary.

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By robert puglia, October 4, 2010 at 2:41 pm Link to this comment
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his reward will be his punishment and conversely

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By Queenie, October 4, 2010 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

The fact that this story is running in the mainstream media is enough to make me question its validity.

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By felicity, October 4, 2010 at 9:27 am Link to this comment

glider - “...highly paid mercenaries…” you bet.  A
Blackwater security guard is paid $1,222/day (an
American sergeant doing the same job is paid $71/day,
by the way.) 

Karzai is as corrupt as they come but I seriously
doubt the presence of American security guards does
in any way curtail his corrupt practices - I can’t
even believe that argument in defense of their
presence is being used. Actually, the guards are more
likely, given Blackwater’s reputation, to get major
under-the-table buckshees for keeping their mouths
shut and their guns holstered.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, October 4, 2010 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

And we’re led to believe the people of that country also ‘accept’ this puppet as their leader?

I think they too see the shill this guy is… much how some of us on this side of the planet see through our political system’s shenanigans.

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By Carl, October 4, 2010 at 6:59 am Link to this comment

And last year he banned American airstrikes there.

This CIA puppet is personally guarded by CIA allied security contractors.

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By diamond, October 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm Link to this comment

Unless he can find a way to throw out the CIA and their drones he can’t do anything to end the war or civilian deaths. The CIA never wanted to leave Vietnam either and the Pentagon works for them, just in case anyone has any starry eyed illusions that they work for the taxpayer and exist to protect the American citizen. In its present incarnation the deadly duo works like this: the CIA funds, arms and controls terror groups which carry out terror attacks. The Pentagon is then sent in to fight the ‘war on terror’ but what’s actually happening is that these are wars of conquest fought on the pretext of fighting terrorism but actually fought as colonial wars of occupation where everything of value somehow ends up in foreigners’ pockets, just like in the good old days of the British empire. It’s all about spreading American hegemony and freemarket voodoo economics to all four corners of the globe and controlling and corporatizing all of the world’s resources, including, eventually, water.

The drones are just the latest version of gunboats and are based on the same ‘white man’s burden’ nonsense that made such a mess of India, Africa and Asia. All the propaganda about Yemen, for example, is just part of a plan to spread the ‘war on terror’ and then send in the gunboats there too. If the corporatocracy can achieve its desire for a totally privatized army they won’t even have to go to Congress to use that army anyway they want and anywhere they want. ‘Rollerball’ anyone?

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By blogdog, October 3, 2010 at 1:12 pm Link to this comment

fewer bombings, assassinations, kidnappings - i.e. fewer black ops - security is
only a cover for these operatives - their real mission is chaos - terminate their
mission - save lives - diminish tension

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, October 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment

That’s awesome!!!

Now, is Karzai the puppet governNerd put in power by the Empire? 

Or was he truly ‘elected by the people’ ( what a fallacy that is starting to sound like, huh? )?

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By jr., October 3, 2010 at 11:39 am Link to this comment

Three cheers for Karzai:  hip, hip, horay!

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By glider, October 3, 2010 at 11:38 am Link to this comment

Good, private enterprise has should not be used in this role.  It is bad enough that we have War Profiteering pressures from arms manufacturers, but to add it from highly paid mercenaries just adds fuel to the fire.

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