Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Since finding out about Bush's private mercenary army, far better paid and better equipped than our U.S. soldiers, I have been nervous. I bat away the nervousness by telling myself "never here, not in the US, never would we have a dictator who would simply usurp the Constitution and take over the country." I continue to be anxious about Blackwater, and today I find this from Chris Hedges of the Philadelphia Enquirer.. Read, then toss and turn all night.

"Erik Prince, who founded and runs Blackwater, is a man who appears to have little time for the niceties of democracy. He has close ties with the radical Christian Right and the Bush White House. He champions his company as a patriotic extension of the U.S. military. His employees, in an act as cynical as it is dishonest, take an oath of loyalty to the Constitution. But what he and his allies have built is a mercenary army, paid for with government money, which operates outside the law and without constitutional constraint. . .

If the United States falls into a period of instability caused by another catastrophic terrorist attack, an economic meltdown that triggers social unrest, or a series of environmental disasters, such paramilitary forces, protected and assisted by fellow ideologues in the police and military, could ruthlessly abolish what is left of our eroding democracy. War, with the huge profits it hands to corporations, and to right-wing interests such as the Christian Right, could become a permanent condition. And the thugs with automatic weapons, black uniforms and wraparound sunglasses who appeared on the streets in New Orleans could appear on our streets."

I have said before that I think the neocons and their puppet George Bush will stop at nothing to achieve their goals, and Blackwater, one of the babies of Donald Rumsfeld, is a handy tool. Most days I think I'm paranoid, and other days I imagine the death of the republic in my lifetime, something inconceivable five years ago.

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Anonymous Tater said...

This is disturbing to say the least. Just another spike in the endless cycle of the violent nature of mankind. When this country has it's second revolution (I think it will happen during our lifetime) Blackwater and others of their ilk may be the enemy that we will have to fight against.

Paranoid? Were Stalin's enemies paranoid? Were the jews who felt the first rumblings of the Nazi regime paranoid? How about all those innocent Cambodians, Central Americans, Africans, etc. ad nauseum? Those that think it can't happen here, or that it can't happen relatively soon, are living in the fantasy realm. Picture one or two large natural events, a weak economy, and a fuel shortage. This country could be toast in under two months time, with various nefarious groups seeking to control the remaining resources. It may be corporately run (class war), or it may be a class war cloaked in the guise of religion, but it could happen far easier than many of us are prepared to believe.

Democracy is something that has to be nurtured, fought for, and protected. This administration has eroded our democracy in every way, and at every opportunity. Paranoia? I don't think so. I prefer to think of it as planning for contingencies.

June 13, 2007 2:31 PM  
Blogger remf said...

Mercenaries/private security absolutely deserve to be the subject of informed public policy debate. Mr. Hedges is so inflamed by Bush hate that he confuses wishful thinking and urban myth with fact. Check out what more rational observers like R.Y. Pelton or P.W. Singer. On "fascists in the streets" before you get hysterical about FEMA concentration camps, dig for facts (not opinion dressed as fact) on Katrina. Start here and don't stop digging until you find the facts from multiple sites that cite to original sources. Or, just go ahead and be a sheeple.

June 13, 2007 10:08 PM  
Blogger remf said...

"... P.W. Singer have to say. On ..." Oops.

June 13, 2007 10:11 PM  
Anonymous lynette said...

remf ~ thanks for visiting. i have read a great deal on this topic and i must tell you that the idea of what is essentially a private military operation, secretive to the point that congress has no oversight, run by a nutcase and supported by lunatics like rumsfeld and the rest of the neocons scares me to death. it may be paranoia. it may be bordering on conspiracy theory. but labeling it with those derogatory and dismissive terms doesn't negate my concern about outsourcing our military. there are certain functions that should be the province of government, and making war, however misguided, is one of those.

June 13, 2007 10:45 PM  
Blogger eric3000 said...

Yeah, Blackwater is crazy scary! I don't think it's paranoid at all to be worried about extremists forming their own private army!

June 16, 2007 8:49 PM  

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