America’s Shadow Army in Iraq

Here is where the ideology of privatization logically ends up. As part of its occupation, the US government has flooded Iraq with private contractors. And while some build bridges and others help pump oil, a good number carry out military operations in America’s name, and they’ve positioned themselves to be subject to neither military nor civilian systems of justice. Moreover, they have also steadfastly refused to handover information about their activities to Congress. This interview on Fresh Air (iTunes Feed mp3) gives you good background information on Blackwater USA, the American mercenary army operating in Iraq apparently without oversight or accountability.

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