Scahill, a regular contributor to the Nation, offers a hard-left perspective on Blackwater USA, the self-described private military contractor and. Jeremy Scahill: The only punishment doled out to US security men of the leading US mercenary firm Blackwater, has seldom appeared in. Review: Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Scahill demonstrates the widespread outsourcing of military tasks to a.

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W hat put Prince in the hot seat were the infamous Nisour Square shootings in Baghdad on September 16, in which as many as 28 Scahjll civilians may have been killed. Waxman said the justice department had asked him not to take testimony on the incident because it was the subject of an FBI investigation.

In Prince’s prepared testimony, he said that people should wait for the results of the investigation – originally handled by the state department – “for a complete understanding of that event”.

The scandal of Blackwater

But the investigative process so far has hardly been impartial. Just hours before Prince’s testimony, CNN reported that the state department’s initial report on the shooting was drafted by a Blackwater contractor, Darren Hanner.


The next day came the news that the FBI team assigned to look into the incident in Baghdad had a blackwtaer with Blackwater itself to provide security for their investigation.

At the hearing Prince boldly declared that in Iraq his men have acted “appropriately at all times” and appeared to deny that the company had ever killed innocent civilians, only acknowledging that some may have died as a result of acahill and “traffic accidents”.

This assertion is simply unbelievable.

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According to a report prepared by Waxman’s staff, since Blackwater operatives in Iraq have opened fire on at least occasions. Not surprisingly, Prince said he supported the continuation of Order 17 in Iraq, the Bremer-era decree giving organisations such as Blackwater immunity from prosecution in Iraqi courts.

Prince said Blackwater operatives who “don’t hold to the standard, they have one decision to make: In all, Blackwater has sacked more than of its operatives in Iraq.


Given that being fired and sent home have been the only disciplinary consequences faced by Blackwater employees, it is worth asking: Waxman’s committee scrutinised one incident: Prince confirmed that Blackwater had whisked him out of Iraq and fired him, and said that he had been fined and billed for his return ticket.

A pattern is emerging from the Congressional investigation into Blackwater: Erik Prince, the secretive year-old owner of the leading US mercenary firm Blackwater, has seldom appeared in public. But on Tuesday he found himself in front of a Congressional committee, TV cameras trained on his boyish face.

The official focus of the hearing, convened by Henry Waxman’s committee on oversight and government reform, was two questions that should have been asked long ago: Topics US news Opinion. Order by newest oldest recommendations.

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