Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Blackwater... Even More Evil Than You Thought

Even for Blackwater, this is pretty appalling stuff:
A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company's owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince "views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe," and that Prince's companies "encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life."

In their testimony, both men also allege that Blackwater was smuggling weapons into Iraq. One of the men alleges that Prince turned a profit by transporting "illegal" or "unlawful" weapons into the country on Prince's private planes. They also charge that Prince and other Blackwater executives destroyed incriminating videos, emails and other documents and have intentionally deceived the US State Department and other federal agencies. The identities of the two individuals were sealed out of concerns for their safety.
Not that fucked up things can't (and don't) happen in our actual military, but I'm pretty sure there's no better case against mercenaries than simply taking a close look at Blackwater. They are a living example of literally everything that people who oppose the use of mercenaries (like myself) worry about.

And that was before their CEO allegedly killed some guys to keep them quiet. I really didn't see that one coming.

1 comment:

  1. Seems like it's run as though some grotesque combination of Milo Minderbender and the God Warrior were Defense Secretary...