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Originally posted by tamson at 2009-12-11 11:21
George Little, a C.I.A. spokesman, would not comment on Blackwater’s ties to the agency. But he said the C.I.A. employs contractors to “enhance the skills of our own work force, just as American law permits.”
Actually, mercenaries are illegal under international law and also US law. Blackwater under any name, and similar companies are in the business of leasing large groups of hard core warriors to participate in war-zone activities primarily involving involving the discharging of their weapons. You can change the name all you want, but a mercenary is a mercenary, and mercenaries are not permitted by US law. However, when you have an impressive collection of the scariest Washington insiders on the payroll the law has no power.
Putting Washington power-brokers on the payroll is simply bribery.
Contractors give you flexibility in shaping and managing your talent mix — especially in the short term — but the accountability’s still yours
Did he say accountability? Since when is the CIA or even the DOD accountable for anything? The news today is the DOD refused a court order to give the public a partial view of trial proceedings. Even an upstanding organization like the DOD can scoff at the law and let us continue to wonder about what's going on. So what CIA official should ever speak the word "accountability". We have no idea who they are killing, who they are torturing, or where they are doing these dark deeds. There is absolutely zero accountability.
Now that they are using tax-payer money to enrich the explosively profitable mercenary groups we've got fighting all over Iraq, Afghganistan no one should ever suggest there is accountability. Who is accountable for the torture in our secret prisons hidden outside of our country's borders? When our unmanned drones open fire on a family and their goats, who is responsible? I'll give you a hint: no one.
Our cowboys are way way WAY above the law.
Anacharsis said that "laws are like the spider's web, they can catch the small and the weak, but they have no power to restrain the powerful". This fact is exploited everywhere, but moreso in the cultures that glorify criminality.