:: 4.30.2004 ::
The four Americans horrifically killed last week by a mob in Fallujah, Iraq, worked for Blackwater USA, a private military contracting company profiled by Barry Yeoman in the May 2003 issue of Mother Jones. These were mercenaries, not guys who were laying new sewer pipes or building schools. There's more here in the New York Observer, link c/o Tom Tomorrow.
And that's not all:
A military report into the Abu Ghraib case - parts of which were made available to the Guardian - makes it clear that private contractors were supervising interrogations in the prison, which was notorious for torture and executions under Saddam Hussein.
Scary scary scary scary....
One civilian contractor was accused of raping a young male prisoner but has not been charged because military law has no jurisdiction over him.
Hired guns from a wide array of private security firms are playing a central role in the US-led occupation of Iraq.
:: Deb 6:18 PM :: permalink ::
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