Saturday, November 15, 2008

Send Lawyers, Guns and Money

"Dada, why nom noms taste like lead?

Maybe Blackwater was making a sick joke referencing shooting the New York Times' dog in Baghdad last December, but, ya know, I just can't figure out where the weapons and silencers fit in with the dog food shipments. And why would bodyguards to the State Department in Baghdad need silencers?

"(B)ecause it's a war over there and our guys need them," one Blackwater executive was quoted as saying. (Duh. Welcome to fucking Baghdad, asshole. What did you expect, for us to be greeted like liberators?)

Or maybe it's because Blackwater's more freelance than any of us thought and has gone into the assassination business.

Two former employees of Blackwater Worldwide, the company led by ex-SEAL and current Sociopath of the Board Erik Prince, have made some surprising revelations about their former company to a federal grand jury and ABC News. Namely that the company's been smuggling weapons and silencers into Iraq, which is a no no with their biggest benefactor the United States State Department.

You know, the entity that decided its security people weren't good enough anymore and decided to hand out billions in security contracts to Blackwater despite the fact that they've been running around killing Iraqis with gunships, trying to buy their silence through third party intermediaries, sending four of their contractors into harm's way undermanned, in non-armored SUV's then suing the families for $10,000,000 when they file a wrongful death lawsuit, directly engaging the enemy (another no no) even to the point of giving orders to US troops, losing weapons then covering up for it (namely the M4 Bushmaster, the same exact automatic weapon they've been smuggling out) and is now accused of gun-running. The same State Dept. that just handed Blackwater another 4 year, $1.25 billion contract despite four prior independent federal investigations.

Who says Condi Rice's department of state isn't a kind and forgiving entity?

During the Clinton years, it would've been impossible to imagine that our president would've started an illegal war and thrown into the fray a criminal enterprise like Blackwater, staffed with murderers, gun-runners and tax-evading Christopathic thugs like Erik Prince who offers a dark, whistling void behind his shark-like eyes.

And to hurl these psychopaths into this blood-soaked morass ensuring in every way possible that there would be no oversight whatsoever. Another triumph of the free market.

So, one of the questions that is uppermost in my mind is, What will President Obama do about this and contractor abuses in general?


At November 15, 2008 at 9:43 AM, Blogger Gloria said...

Great post! I hate Blackwater fuckers with a passion, living here in NC. I just wish NC's atty general would investigate them and their 7,000 acres over in eastern NC. Bet there's some serious shit going on there, as has been reported a couple of years ago. Still, nothing, though, from the State.

At November 15, 2008 at 12:17 PM, Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

they are criminals pure and simple.

more dangerous than mercenaries of other stripes these guys are true believers who will not let things like government, or dissent interfere with their perceived "missions from god."

At November 15, 2008 at 1:09 PM, Blogger jurassicpork said...

I wish I could say that a Christopath war criminal like Erik Prince was atypical of the Navy SEALs. But personal experience informs me that he is not. And that's what scares me.

At November 15, 2008 at 2:07 PM, Anonymous Comrade Rutherford said...

The GOP single-handedly created this Blackwater monster, and now are handing $1.25 Billion to them to make sure they do NOT change their ways. A slap on the wrist will not deter them.

My recommendation is to revoke their business charter, seize all their assets and jail the entire workforce from the CEo on down, and put every last one of them on trial for mass-murder.

At November 15, 2008 at 3:56 PM, Blogger Nell said...

Good post, and if it were not for Avedon Carol linking I'd have missed this Blackwater news; thanks.

But I have to call b.s. here:

During the Clinton years, it would've been impossible to imagine that our president would've started an illegal war and thrown into the fray a criminal enterprise like Blackwater

Bill Clinton lobbied for and got passed a $2 billion mostly military package to support a dirty counterinsurgency war in Colombia ("Plan Colombia"), which included as a major element the deployment of DynCorp and other private military contractors (mercenaries, in plain English).

At November 15, 2008 at 6:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obama messes with Blackwater's billions, Blackwater kills him. Simple as that. Look what happened to JFK for threatening the nasceant, potentially profitable Vietnam War in its infancy. But Obama's a made man. You're not allowed to be prez unless you are. He won't rock the gravy boat.

At November 16, 2008 at 1:40 PM, Blogger anhoa said...

Clinton is just another stealth CIA operative recruited into the agency by Bush Sr. back in the days before he went to Oxford and made his trips to Moscow and eastern Europe.

Ask anyone from the Moyock or Grandy area of NC about the mysterious influenza-like upper respiratory illness that hit the area three months before SARS made headlines in March 2003. Many folks down there believe they are used as guinea pigs for airborne toxins.


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