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How Blackwater Survived Iraq Probes Of Being "Above The Law" - By Threatening To Kill Investigators

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Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, The NY Times reports that the State Department began investigating the security contractor’s operations in Iraq. However, as James Risen reports, a senior official of the notorious private security firm allegedly threatened to kill a government investigator leading the probe into the firm’s Iraqi operation. Stunningly (or not), the US embassy sided with him and forced the inspector to cut the visit short.

As The Times reports, based on documents which were turned over to plaintiffs in a lawsuit against Blackwater... According to the documents, the investigators found numerous violations, including changing of security details without the State Department’s approval, reducing the number of guard details and storing of automatic weapons and ammunition in Blackwater employees’ private rooms.

There were also discipline problems, with guards having parties with heavy drinking and female visitors, including one episode in which an armored Blackwater car was requisitioned by four drunken employees, who drove to a private party and crashed the $180,000 vehicle into a concrete barrier.

As the probe continued, apparently it irritated some people in power in Iraq...

The inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater’s top manager there issued a threat:

 

“that he could kill” the government’s chief investigator and “no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq,” according to department reports.

 

American Embassy officials in Baghdad sided with Blackwater rather than the State Department investigators as a dispute over the probe escalated in August 2007, the previously undisclosed documents show. The officials told the investigators that they had disrupted the embassy’s relationship with the security contractor and ordered them to leave the country, according to the reports.

But, as if that was not enough, the leader investigator (who is actively being sought for imprisonment by the Government) explains...

After returning to Washington, the chief investigator wrote a scathing report to State Department officials documenting misconduct by Blackwater employees and warning that lax oversight of the company, which had a contract worth more than $1 billion to protect American diplomats, had created “an environment full of liability and negligence.”

 

“The management structures in place to manage and monitor our contracts in Iraq have become subservient to the contractors themselves,” the investigator, Jean C. Richter, wrote in an Aug. 31, 2007, memo to State Department officials.

 

“Blackwater contractors saw themselves as above the law,” he said, adding that the “hands off” management resulted in a situation in which “the contractors, instead of Department officials, are in command and in control.”

Above the law? Wonder where they got that idea?

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But the plot thickens (as they say). As Liberty Blitzkrieg's Mike Krieger notes,

James Risen is an honorable man and an excellent investigative journalist. Tragically, he also now faces jail time for refusing to reveal his sources. For a little background on his story, here’s an excerpt from a recent New York Times article:

On Dec. 31, 2005, the C.I.A.’s acting general counsel, John A. Rizzo, received an urgent phone call from the White House about a chapter in James Risen’s coming book, “State of War,” detailing a botched C.I.A. operation in Iran.

 

The administration wanted Mr. Rizzo to contact Sumner Redstone — the chairman of Viacom, owner of the book’s publisher, Simon & Schuster — and ask him to keep the book off the market.

 

Mr. Rizzo never made the call. It was too late. Copies of “State of War” had already reached bookstores.

First of all, the fact that the U.S. government asks the C.I.A.’s general counsel to try to prevent a book from being published is extraordinarily disturbing in its own right. Moving along…

After more than six years of legal wrangling, the case — the most serious confrontation between the government and the press in recent history — will reach a head in the coming weeks. Mr. Risen has steadfastly refused to testify. But he is now out of challenges. Early this month, the Supreme Court declined to review his case, a decision that allows prosecutors to compel his testimony. If Mr. Risen resists, he could go to prison.

 

On the advice of his lawyer, Mr. Risen, 59, declined to comment for this article. But during a speech in February in Boston, he said he had two choices: “Give up everything I believe in — or go to jail.”

 

The Times considered publishing an article about the operation in 2003, when Mr. Risen first learned about it, but President George W. Bush’s national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, prevailed upon the newspaper to withhold publication for the sake of national security.

I’ve highlighted Mr. Risen and his case previously. Most recently, last summer in my post titled: Battle Royale on Piers Morgan: Glenn Greenwald, James Risen and Jeffrey Toobin. The most memorable line from that segment was Mr. Risen’s cutting observation that:

“That’s the thing I don’t understand about the climate in Washington these days. People want to have debates on television and elsewhere, but then you want to throw the people that start the debates in jail.”

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Exceptional.

Meanwhile, Erik Prince, the founder of Blackwater, has moved on to other things. Like building a mercenary army for China to colonize Africa, something we reported on in the post: How Erik Prince, Founder of Blackwater, Will Help China Subjugate Africa.

Who knows what Mr. Carroll is up to. But for now just repeat tbe chant of freedom, justice and the American way:  USA! USA!

 

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Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:50 | 4912651 CH1
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Barbaric as this case was, the very presentable Dept. of State is responsible for FAR more deaths than the thuggish Blackwater.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:59 | 4912683 Buckaroo Banzai
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They are MERCENARIES for fucks sake. Why are we surprised when they behave that way?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:16 | 4912731 Rusty Shorts
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Civilization! - *Some Restrictions Apply

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1wiRhVzsXFM

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:44 | 4912952 sunaJ
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The problem with "untruth," or as normal people would call them: LIES, is that they build upon each other.  It is one of the very fundamental lessons my mother taught me.  One lie covers another, she told me.  Shit, are we still in the 5th grade?  To cover one lie, you must make another.  I see it take place to nasy iterations in our government...I also see how it can happen in personal life...it's not that difficult to understand the sin.  Accountability is one of the functions that must take place in sustainable government.  That is why it is the first thing to go in a government that is not sustainable.  I don't know why we are where we are.  Perhaps it is that these people did not have the same mothers, perhaps it is that they are just insane and nothing will dissuade them, perhaps it is that they are so deluded in a sycophant government that they do not know, but for one reason or another they do not see their corruption and all I ask for is that they be held accountable.  If you ask my more revolutionary side, it is that we have created a system where a very clear formula for success is given:  if you don't give a shit about anyone else (but not too much that you are an outright murdering sociopath), it is okay...in fact it is beneficial to you to be able to act like that and ride the line.  If you are levitated to the class of ultimate fiat-bullshit wealth creator, ahem, destroyer, then you are actually the cream of the crop!  If you are smart and lucky, you will get away with it.  I'm sorry, many people on here complain about the "hordes of Muslims," or say that formal religion is the danger.  The danger is human nature.  And it can take many forms.  It is not race-based, and fuck you if you think you and I are on the same team if you think it has everything to do with race.  If I hear one more time, "and here we see why THIS race is due for the dustbin..."  They are deluding themselves to fit their fucked up idea, but they have some sense of destruction, that is all there is to it.  Go tribal when it is serious, is the message.  I think tribalism is used against all of us to give the perception that we are not fighting a common enemy.  Hmmm....

 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 02:03 | 4913005 0z
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They must have thought:
"Why cant we just do it ourselves? Fuck Big Brother, I'm a Big Brothaaa!!!"

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 03:08 | 4913060 EverythingEviL
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Perhaps it is simply due to the fact that the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 05:51 | 4913142 kridkrid
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I think you are on the right track when you talk about sociopaths. The world is run by them and the process to get there is quite natural. 2-4% of the population is comprised by sociopaths, yet I would posit that more than half of our elected officials in both state and national election (hell, maybe even local gov't right down to school boards) are sociopaths. I would assume that more than half of the CEO and board members of our publicly traded companies, more than half of the heads of our majority universities, etc. etc. etc... sociopaths.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:18 | 4912736 El Oregonian
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"If I am forced to tell you the truth, I'll have to kill you." You know, it is our hypocratic oath...

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 03:04 | 4913055 0z
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At least he was honest.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:51 | 4912800 cynicalskeptic
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Mercenaries have worked out SOOOOO well for their employers throughout history......

 

The US parallels Rome in so many ways - Republic to Empire to collapse (all in fast forward).  With its own citizens no longer willing to serve in Roman Armies they resorted to using mercenaries.   Those same mercenaries eventualy turned on their employer and looted Rome itself - installing their own leader as emperor.........

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:23 | 4912855 Rusty Shorts
Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:53 | 4912895 Rusty Shorts
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Wall Street

Van Halen Mean Street

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2R2KXNQR1M

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:11 | 4913200 BadDog
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Their is another empire that it has much in common with also.  http://www.scribd.com/doc/7242015/America-the-Babylon-1

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:28 | 4913170 Bangin7GramRocks
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And they obviously were above the law. Even death threats to government officials went unpunished. And let's just forget about that cold blooded murder thing.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:43 | 4913234 asking4it2k
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Blackwater/Academi mercenaries make $150k per year on average. How is that more "cost effective" than deploying a US soldier making only $60k ??

 

Where my GOP/tea party conservatives at to explain this to me ????

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:21 | 4913406 Buckaroo Banzai
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There is nothing "free market" about hiring mercenaries, because they are hired by governments, and governments are anti-free market institutions.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:35 | 4913465 Urban Redneck
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That depends on when you look...

Art 1 Sec 8 Clause 11

The congress shall have power to... To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;

Old school mercantilist governments and admiralty courts were surprisingly "free market" in their approach to waging war (except with respect to their monopoly on letter issuance which is all that separated a privateer from a pirate).

Those who advocate a return to the pre-Civil War tax structure in the US often don't like to talk about the role that privateering played in US public finances, in addition to $5-10K for the letter (which was big money back then and only Congress had the authority to issue) the US excise tax on plundered booty was 40%.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 13:51 | 4914468 general ambivalent
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But there are no free markets without governments, so that sort of dampens the liberal/libertarian foundation of economy.

Free market theory developed in that small areas within a nation exchange towards a balanced economy, and from the use of small workshops. However, these goods that were exchanged at the time came from slaves in Africa and the Southern US - ie. from war and mercenary trade. Or if not the goods themselves then at least the land was taken and protected by the governments' armies. Free market theory relied on the mystification that goods appear from nowhere, that there is no history to the goods; in a sense, at a territorial and ideological boundary where war becomes peace.

There are no free markets, that is a myth to make you feel equal to the ones with real power.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:30 | 4913438 Surging Chaos
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They can't explain it because they need that MIC money to stay in office.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:44 | 4912784 rubiconsolutions
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A lot of those clowns are ex military. Where do you think they learned their, um, skills?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:52 | 4912802 cynicalskeptic
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a good number are from FOREIGN (non-US) Special Forces units - South American, European and African

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:26 | 4913420 Buckaroo Banzai
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Most soldiers are driven by patriotism and not money, and operate within the framework of military discipline.

But take a greed-driven soldier, and put him outside the context of military discipline, and this is what you get.

That's why mercenaries are fundamentally different than soldiers.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:20 | 4913547 Disenchanted
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Most soldiers are driven by a false patriotism...

FIFY

 

In the absence of sacrifice, Americans willingly supply an overabundance of plastic patriotism - of cheap, utterly convenient, symbolic gestures that have the cumulative effect of bestowing a near-demigod status upon the men and women of the US armed forces. Coupled with historically unprecedented, prolonged exposure to the extreme conditions of war, this transformation into the human embodiment of American virtue and selflessness effectively cordons them off from our society. We thus help create a literal American military class, dangerously and unfairly set apart from the country it ought to feel most attached to.

 

quote from:  A Militarism We Call Patriotism

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:49 | 4914642 JimBowie1958
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Where do you think you have the right to judge the patriotism of another person you dont even know, moron?

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:29 | 4913211 Jumbotron
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This is a modern day Praetorian Guard....only now for the highest bidder.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praetorian_Guard

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:51 | 4912655 esum
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VIOLENCE SOLVES PROBLEMS

 

craft 

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:07 | 4912703 FieldingMellish
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An important lesson for the children watching.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:34 | 4912764 CheapBastard
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"Might makes Right."

 

Dat's the Law!

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:52 | 4912805 Fish Gone Bad
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Might also writes history. 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:09 | 4912926 Rusty Shorts
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123 mights on a chickens ass

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 03:20 | 4913074 disabledvet
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We are losing aren't we. "Have lost" is more like it." Nothing says losing more than"Democrats hire Blackwater too!"

The irony of course is the country is richer than ever...but we're just a country of greed. "Show me the money!"

It is not right but it is indeed appropriate that Detroit has gone bankrupt.

It is not right but indeed appropriate tha Puerto Rico et al are next.

I'll tell you drives the greedy phuckers nuts though...they've missed this whole rally. I mean the whole god damn thing. "They blew the whole country up and left the shit house up in flames"....but in the end they weren't in Google, they weren't in Tesla, they weren't Netflix...these companies ANGER them because these companies have "leaned in" to the no win scenario and come out on top.

And that's what these greedy no good phuckers can't abide by...that in the end there were people who really did play the game better than they did...who really did come out with MOAR...(more than they could ever imagine)...and I here their Lamentations and Protestations everyday now...that "those people are too much into their money unlike me." (Meaning "rich me who has done nothing worthwhile or productive for 20 plus years of ticket punching."

Musk, Bezos, et al..."they took the risk" (in the words of Rudolph Hess) "and they won."

Just look at the parade of losers on the other side of that ledger. I see them where I live everyday.

This really is ONLY about "A Few Good Men" in the end.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:50 | 4914648 JimBowie1958
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Yes, it most certainly does solve SOME problems.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:52 | 4912657 IridiumRebel
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Blackwater, Academii....what are they called now? Nice to know in the 21st century that Death Squads still can be had and are accountable for nothing.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:31 | 4913217 Jumbotron
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The only difference between America's Death Squads and some tin pot dictator's death squads is we are more "civilized"....oh...yeah...right.....we also have a "Constitution".

Other than that.......

 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 13:54 | 4914477 general ambivalent
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They hate us for our democratic tv. Let them eat uranium tracers.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:51 | 4912659 DoChenRollingBearing
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This would not happen again if you elect me President in 2016.

DoChenRollingBearing for President 2016!

"We promise NOT to roll into other people's business!"

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:55 | 4912675 SF beatnik
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When you become Pres., you'll be a nice boy and follow orders like every other Pres before you. Do you understand?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:05 | 4912697 DoChenRollingBearing
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*Sigh*

I'd probably be shot first (for being insubordinate).

Or else they would put sand between my races, ouch!  Ever had sand grinding against your balls?  Not pretty, even if they are made of steel...

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:48 | 4912794 David449420
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Zing!

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:59 | 4912682 IridiumRebel
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ISIS/BLACKWATER 2016
Vote for the MIC 2016!

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:31 | 4912964 putaipan
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uh let's see here..... last time2012, i think i joined so i could troll away like fonestar for rocky anderson. remember? -

ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY! RROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY! OCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY! PASTE!

all 'cause i couldn't get the masses or the two beligerent lil' pricks R.P. and D.K. to drop their ego's .... well, it seems

like someone else was tryin' to do the same thing, AND HE WAS ACTUALLY RUNNING FOR THE FUCKING PRESIDENCY!-

i had known of him before and even tho' i'm pretty good at this interwebs news thing-I HAD NO FREAKIN'IDEA HE WAS RUNNING! . talk about marginalization! anyhoo- i think he might be running again. it's up to you to find out.

(hey just my bit of ego responding to the thought of a do-chen presidential run....even tho' i think he might be a swell guy)

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:19 | 4913612 Disenchanted
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""We promise NOT to roll into other people's business!"

 

Unless of course it's for their own good. And because of our 'exceptionalism' we always know what's best for everyone elses own good. Right?

Doesn't matter that we can't even keep our own house in order...

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:56 | 4912674 Ms. Erable
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What did they expect? Mercenaries want to be paid, and good luck to anyone that even indirectly threatens to cut off their money spigot.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:33 | 4912965 putaipan
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oh yeah....what i was gonna say- "if hastings is such a great journalist, where was this story then?"

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 22:56 | 4912676 esum
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OK you're a ussa in a bad place

 

You want BLACKWATER 

or

The Hilary Clinton / State Dept security like Benghazi

 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:41 | 4912883 TheReplacement
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Here's a novel idea, let's just not be the USA in a bad place.  Pull out.  Go home.  Save dough and lives.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 03:24 | 4913079 Otrader
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You're 100% right.  Let's get the heck out of....Oh Look! The new Caliphate i$$$$ HERE!!!

Forward....MARCH!!! <Kerching>

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:37 | 4912970 putaipan
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or this one- .... blame gore! reinventing 'big government', the fascistic outsourcing/privatization of the police state.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:01 | 4912679 Caviar Emptor
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It was all justified by the recent finding of wampum of mass destruction. You just heard it wrong when Dubya spoke fast on the TV. Pay attention next time and I'll pay ya fifty dolhairs

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:38 | 4912974 putaipan
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wampum of mass destuction = B.I.S. digi-dollars ?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:01 | 4912684 One And Only
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Everytime I get investigated in the future I will use this tactic.

Genius.

You want me to report my income? I'll kill you.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:01 | 4912687 WillyGroper
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Everyone has their price.

Wonder how much it would cost?

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:03 | 4912692 esum
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There were more mercenaries in Iraq than ussa Army troops......

Look at the job they did to stir up Ukraine.... 

1 merc = 100 grunts..... on a bad day

Ask yourself.... wanna be a seal and make shit or a merc and make DA big bucks without the bullshit and

piss poor leadership, and no ROE.... 

 

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:06 | 4912701 pakled
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"Stunningly (or not)"

 

 

Stunningly

 

Be stunned. Be very stunned.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:17 | 4912732 pakled
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The Times considered publishing an article about the operation in 2003, when Mr. Risen first learned about it, but President George W. Bush’s national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, prevailed upon the newspaper to withhold publication for the sake of national security.

 

National security?? Fuck you Condo-sleeza. Fuck you!

 

You may leave the country now.

 

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:31 | 4912758 IndianaJohn
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packled, -- the woman's name is pronounced; CongoLisa.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:38 | 4912771 pakled
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Thanx. So mad I wasn't paying attention to my spell checker. Abuse of a trusted position. Abuse of power. Absolute betrayal to the American People. Unacceptable! Oooh I'm mad.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:29 | 4913105 dreadnaught
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Obongo-leeza?

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:37 | 4913226 Jumbotron
Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:08 | 4913281 SoilMyselfRotten
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Or as Chapelle would say, Cunnilingus Rice

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:09 | 4913282 SoilMyselfRotten
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Or as Chapelle would say, Cunnilingus Rice

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:49 | 4913182 rum_runner
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"for the sake of national security."

 

If there's any phrase that deserves to have the speaker punched in the face or strung up it's that one.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:41 | 4912776 luckylogger
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Whatever makes you guys thinking that war is pretty is beyond me//////////////

This is pretty trivial compared to typical war related stuff

Get a grip, once a war starts then rape, stealing and murder is all on the table........

You are either at war or not....................

War sucks and is terrible, that is why we must not do it until all other options are gone.................

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:42 | 4912779 kchrisc
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Private or not, they are not exempt from Article 3, section 3.

The guillotine list just got longer.

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:50 | 4912797 luckylogger
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Private or not.......dead is dead..

nothing you can do about it after that................

War suks it dont matter about any stupid laws or articles.....

War is survival of the fittest and the baddest...

There are no rules for war so it needs avoided if at all possible.......................

And if not you better be the baddest fuker in the area or else................................

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 23:47 | 4912793 yogibear
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Just like Eric Holder threatened S&P, Moodys and Fitch.

Goons above the Constitution.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:03 | 4912819 enloe creek
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maybe edward snowden needs a roomate or the tea party could rally a militia to stop them from arresting him wouldn't that be cool tea party and aclu joining up to thwart the justice dept.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:30 | 4912867 pcrs
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This reeks of an offload of responsibility. There is a massive army bombing torturing and imprisoning the population of Iraq by decision of scotus and suddenly all the blame of this cluster fuck falls on a contractor? 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:48 | 4912889 TheReplacement
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You are right to point out that possibility.  On the other hand, this is obviously a good time for critics of TPTB to dredge up things like this lest the populace be duped into thinking this is all the work of one man/administration.

I supported too much of that crap back then.  I need to be reminded of how wrong I was occasionally so I don't start getting soft on them that came before.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:38 | 4912880 intric8
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In a dishonorable war where they turned an entire sovereign nation on its head under false pretenses, i wouldnt expect good behavior or morale to ensue. Corruption spawns corruption

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:40 | 4912881 TideFighter
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My son was recruited by BW. The things they had to do, at government request, went beyond the pale. They did not do things autonomously unless under fire. Describing them as a rogue band of mercenaries...not hardly. 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:12 | 4913203 Jack4952
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They are NOT "rogue mercenaries", since mercenaries are still bound by the international "rules of war".

Blackwater are simply MURDERERS FOR HIRE.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 00:43 | 4912885 Sorry_about_Dresden
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Please, I am begging you. Give me the blue pill!

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:02 | 4912910 Dublinmick
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An American tradition exported to IraQ

It has worked for the America/London colony for centuries

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:42 | 4912933 Radical Marijuana
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The anecdote in this article confirms what I call the PARADOX OF ENFORCEMENT with respect to the "rule of law," which is always de facto. The ONLY connection between human laws and natural laws is the ability to back up lies with violence. Human realities are ALWAYS organized lies operating robberies.

The false fundamental dichotomies, and related impossible ideals, regarding the de jure notions about what the "rule of law" should be have always been operating through their paradoxes of enforcement. Only the people who are the best at being dishonest, and backing that up with violence, can enforce their "rule of law" against others. Governments are necessarily the biggest form of organized crime, controlled by the best organized gangs of criminals. Tragically, more and more, the vast majority of people have less and less of a clue about how to understand that, while smaller and smaller groups continue to privatize the public powers more and more. The ideas about a democratic republic operating through the rule of law were undermined by sappy bullshit, that resulted in too many people being too easy to fool, too much of the time.

Ironically, the controlled opposition to the biggest bullies tends to still use the biggest bullies' bullshit language when it comes to talking about what the social situation should be. That promotion of false fundamental dichotomies, and their related impossible ideals, actually causes the opposite to happen in the real world, because that kind of language assists the professional liars and immaculate hypocrites to get away with their lies and hypocrisy.

In my view, the basic problem has become that too many people have been too successfully brainwashed to believe in the biggest bullies' bullshit world view, which has enabled too much nonsense to become triumphant in the political arena. The basic problems are that too many citizens have become incompetent political idiots. Therefore, they have gradually allowed the best professional liars and immaculate hypocrites to take control of the government. More and more, the government has been captured by the best organized gangs of criminals. More and more, the People's police and armed forces are working for the interests of the best organized special interest groups, while those are against the overall interests of the vast majority of the People.

The basic trends have been the privatization of the public "money" supply, becoming runaway vicious spirals of out-of-control organized crime more and more dominating and directing the powers of governments, with the biggest gangsters being the banksters. Bit by bit, those processes of PRIVATIZATION were basically lies and violence, used in the name of We the People, for the sake of special interests. Those trends were always facilitated by false fundamental dichotomies, and their related impossible ideals, which always caused the opposite to happen in the real world. Those trends have been exponentially growing, because there has been an almost total failure to provide more effective resistance, to fashion better dynamic equilibria between the different systems of organized lies operating robberies, because bullshit about that has become almost totally triumphant in dominating the public debates.

The privation of the monetary system (through frauds which were still enforced by the government) transformed the monetary system into a STATE RELIGION. (That happened gradually, step by step, with the most important symbolic moves being taken in 1913.)

The privatization of the police and military powers came later, as national security gradually became another STATE RELIGION. (Of course, that too happened gradually, step by step, with the most important symbolic moves being taken in 1947.)

Just like the State Religion monetary system took another huge step in 1971, so too, the State Religion military system took another huge step in 2001.

There is actually a combined money/murder system. Money is measurement backed by murder, because the debt controls are backed by the death controls. All private property is based on claims and coercions. Those should be the basic facts that are more widely understood by all citizens, so that they comprehend their real roles as citizens, which are actually members of an organized crime gang, which is their government.

However, since the vast majority of people have been gradually reduced to Zombie Sheeple, who have been brainwashed to believe in bullshit, it is hard to imagine how there can be any other plausible outcome than for those systems of lies backed by violence, becoming legalized lies, backed by legalized violence, as manifested through the State Religions of the PRIVATIZED money/murder systems, continuing to automatically become more insane, and more madly self-destructive in the longer term.

In my view, one of the reasons why there is no reasonable hope that these runaway trends of privatized public powers, creating insane State Religions, will not continue to get worse, faster, is that they appear to be primarily resisted by controlled opposition groups, which operate inside of the same old-fashioned biggest bullies' bullshit world view.

In my view, almost all of the people who assert that they are opposed to those Runaway State Religions, of more and more privatization of the public powers in the money/murder systems, are reactionary revolutionaries, or Black Sheeple. They do NOT propose realistic solutions which are consistent with a scientific analysis of the problems. Rather, they tend to usually do a fairly good analysis of the problems, up to a point, but then collapse back to bullshit "solutions," based on the same old false fundamental dichotomies and related impossible ideals, which always continue to backfire badly in the real world, and cause the opposite things to continue to happen.

Therefore, the failure to more deeply understand the principles and methods of organized crime, but instead, adhere to bullshit about what governments should be, constantly ends up assisted the best professional liars and hypocrites to continue to promote the State Religion money/murder systems, which increasingly privatize the public powers.

The privatization of the public money supply was already almost 99% accomplished during the previous Century or so. The privatization of the public murder systems started later, but is following the same pattern. In my opinion, the psychotic development of national security as a State Religion has already resulted in at least 50% of the military powers being effectively privatized. (It could be as high as 75%, depending upon how one attempted to calculate that.)

Control over the public "money" supply was already effectively privatized more than 99% decades ago. There was already a debt slavery system in place, which has already therefore generated numbers which have become debt insanities.

Since the debt controls were backed by the death controls, the combined money/murder systems have seen the increasing privatization of the murder system follow after the privatization of the money system. It is inside that overall context that anecdotes such as discussed in this article above are manifesting. If current trends continue, we will eventually see the murder systems becoming about 99% privatized, like the monetary systems already were. That is the context in which one could expect there to develop situations that enabled democidal martial law to be imposed.

The vast majority of people have been brainwashed to believe in the bullshit promoted by State Religions. The assertions made my those State Religions are patently absurd at face value. From a sublime point of view, the absurdities of the Runaway State Religions are amusing, for those with a sufficiently macabre sense of humour. However, those are entrenched systems of lies backed by violence, which have been operating for generations, all the while getting worse, faster. The basic trends are for the privatization of the murder systems to catch up to the privatization of the money systems.

We are watching these absurdities of privatized public powers get more blatantly dishonest and hypocritical. However, the problem that I perceive continues to be that most of the opposition continues to be controlled, in the sense that they stay within the same bullshit frame of reference. More and more we are living in a Bizarro Mirror World Fun House, where everything is proportionately backwards, and distorted. However, by and large, the majority of people are unable or unwilling to go THROUGH that looking glass, in order to find better resolutions to these increasingly insane situations being driven by State Religion money/murder systems, effectively privatizing public powers.

I continue to advocate intellectual scientific revolutions, which are necessary to better understand the nature of these problems that absurd State Religions have taken over the government, as far as their ability to brainwash people to believe in bullshit goes. However, at the present time the number of people who sufficiently understand that is extremely small.

Personally, I am not interested in associating with the reactionary revolutionaries, or the Black Sheeple, whose notions for "solutions" to these problems continues to be based on various old-fashioned false fundamental dichotomies, and related impossible ideals, as found in various old-fashioned religions and ideologies. However, at the present time, those kinds of people dominate the controlled opposition groups, while any other more scientific groups are currently represented by such tiny numbers as to be practically non-existent in the public spaces.

It may be interesting to watch as these Runaway State Religions become more insane, whether, PERHAPS, more people will start thinking in more radical ways about the basic nature of these kinds of political problems. After all, the trajectory we are currently on is for the public powers of governments to end up almost totally privatized.

While people used to be able to accept the privatization of the public money supply, as long as the economic system could keep growing, that is no longer assured. As that system of debt slavery reaches the point of debt insanities, and threatens to go through psychotic breakdowns (when it is not longer possible for the economy to continue to grow enough) then more and more people are going to be forced to start thinking about how absurd that State Religion really was. However, at that point, the expected back-up is supposed to become the national security State Religion, through which the death controls that back up the debt controls are supposed to also be developed to the point where they too are almost totally privatized.

It remains to be seen what happens when people lose faith in the State Religion monetary system, only to then have to face the reality of the State Religion national security system, which will have become, by that time, almost totally privatized, and therefore, likely engaging in wanton mass murders of the People, supposedly in the name of those those People, while actually for the sake of the special interests operating those almost totally privatized money/murder systems.

Clearly, one of the basic trends is for how foreign affairs were conducted to return home, to become how domestic affairs are also conducted. Overall, I find it quite astonishing to watch these phenomena develop, while waiting to see just how much more INSANE they are going to become ... What is left of the "government" AFTER the actual money/murder systems become almost totally privatized? How are people going to respond AFTER they are forced to face those basic social facts? Will enough of the People ever wake up enough about the delusional State Religions?

Of course, I would like to recommend that more people should understand those developments better, in more genuinely scientific ways, so that they work towards more genuinely scientific resolutions of those problems, which could work, rather than continue to propose "solutions" which are sure to continue to backfire badly. However, at the present time, that view is supported by such insignificant numbers of people that I feel somewhat foolish even suggesting that.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 03:22 | 4913078 EverythingEviL
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You know what's so ironic? The bible actually agrees with you, and shows that the kings of the earth will hand over their power to a certain entity in order to destroy false religion.

Rev. 17

17 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls+ came and said to me: “Come, I will show you the judgment on the great prostitute who sits on many waters,+ 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality,*+ and earth’s inhabitants were made drunk with the wine of her sexual immorality.”*+
3 And he carried me away in the power of the spirit into a wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet-colored wild beast that was full of blasphemous names and that had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was clothed in purple+ and scarlet, and she was adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls,+ and she had in her hand a golden cup that was full of disgusting things and the unclean things of her sexual immorality.* 5 On her forehead was written a name, a mystery: “Babylon the Great, the mother of the prostitutes+ and of the disgusting things of the earth.”+ 6 And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the holy ones and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus.+
Well, on seeing her I was greatly amazed. 7 So the angel said to me: “Why is it that you were amazed? I will tell you the mystery of the woman+ and of the wild beast that is carrying her and that has the seven heads and the ten horns:+ 8 The wild beast that you saw was, but is not, and yet is about to ascend out of the abyss,+ and it is to go off into destruction. And the inhabitants of the earth—those whose names have not been written in the scroll of life+ from the founding of the world—will be amazed when they see how the wild beast was, but is not, and yet will be present.
9 “This calls for a mind* that has wisdom: The seven heads+ mean seven mountains, where the woman sits on top. 10 And there are seven kings: Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet arrived; but when he does arrive, he must remain a short while. 11 And the wild beast that was but is not,+ it is also an eighth king, but it springs from the seven, and it goes off into destruction.
12 “The ten horns that you saw mean ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but they do receive authority as kings for one hour with the wild beast. 13 These have one thought, so they give their power and authority to the wild beast. 14 These will battle with the Lamb,+ but because he is Lord of lords and King of kings,+ the Lamb will conquer them.+ Also, those with him who are called and chosen and faithful will do so.”+
15 He said to me: “The waters that you saw, where the prostitute is sitting, mean peoples and crowds and nations and tongues.*+ 16 And the ten horns+ that you saw and the wild beast,+ these will hate the prostitute+ and will make her devastated and naked, and they will eat up her flesh and completely burn her with fire.+ 17 For God put it into their hearts to carry out his thought,+ yes, to carry out their one thought by giving their kingdom to the wild beast,+ until the words of God will have been accomplished. 18 And the woman+ whom you saw means the great city that has a kingdom over the kings of the earth.”

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 13:53 | 4914473 Radical Marijuana
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There are a lot of different ways to "know." Poetic expression of a mystical experience is one way to think about something that can be thought about in lots of different ways. It does not take great enlightenment to perceive the trajectory of runaway exponential growth does not look so good, unless it could be balanced out to stop better ... At the present time, there are no reasons to believe that the runaway exponential growth will be stopped in any better ways. Therefore, indeed, even thousands of years ago, I can imagine someone with the right mental abilities could foresee that tragic trajectory.

The Biblical "end game" scenarios seem probable. I would also agree that those who perhaps survive through will find life finally gets better again on the other side of those unprecedented social storms. The one thing that we know FOR SURE is that more and more energy is being pumped into social pyramid systems based on backing up lies with violence (as privatizations).

While, I have never had any mystical experiences about the possible future, however, I tend to not find it too hard to believe what has been reported by some that have.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:18 | 4912934 Sorry_about_Dresden
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And a nation refuses to embrace the reality that 911 was an inside, Mossad, job.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 01:25 | 4912950 ebworthen
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Fuck those gutless mercenary dumb shits; they rake the money in pretending they are fighting for "God and Country" when it is really just "Pussy and Cocaine" they are after.

If they aren't fighting for The Constitution and the American Family they are worthless lumps of flesh fooling themselves or lying intentionally in a world of pretend.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:27 | 4913127 NuYawkFrankie
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re when it is really just "Pussy and Cocaine...

 

Wouldn't be so sure about the pussy...  there's likely more than a little Brokeback Mountain - not to metion "taking your camel to bed"  - goin' on with these dumb-ass 'roid-heads

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 02:08 | 4912977 NuYawkFrankie
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I can see the day when Prince Erik The Punk is hunted down like a rabid dog

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:04 | 4914506 Radical Marijuana
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It has been Neolithic styles of human farming, which have become more sophisticated forms of slavery, amplified by technological progress, BUT, so far, without any better design science being able to become more enlightened about doing that human farming.  The Great Paradox continues to be genuine progress in physical sciences, without genuine progress in politics. The USA is also metaphorically still operating like Babylon. Look at how we use numbers to measure time, and one will see how history flows back to those sources. Paradoxically, it appears that the people at the top of the social pyramid systems still tend to believe in some of the oldest religions.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:53 | 4914662 MeelionDollerBogus
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Central Banks, Churches & Militaries: the very first version of Farmville!

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 02:11 | 4913011 European American
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Imagine when these animals are set loose in America to "settle down" the natives during the fast approaching "Phase Transition", it's going to get downright medieval, in terms of, Fallujah all over again.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 04:25 | 4913101 Kina
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So who are worse? Fundamentalist Mulsims, of Fundamentalist US Military Industrial complex.

 

Put Blackwater and the like in a room with ISIS and their like - and let them kill each other so the world can be rid of all these scum.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:50 | 4913183 geekz_rule
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MIC is Worse.. most of the fundy islamic stuff was created / managed / enflamed by MIC interests...

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 05:05 | 4913118 Manipulism
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Talking about criminals:

http://www.projectsalam.org/Inventing-Terrorists-study.pdf

 

Study: 90% of terror acts are FBI induced

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 05:18 | 4913124 craus
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Ironic how US govt records 'metadata' of my Sunday call to my mother.

But fails to monitor an organization with guns that can alter foreign relations.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 06:50 | 4913184 thestarl
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Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness springs to mind here.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:09 | 4913198 Jack4952
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Why the surprise?????

Haven't you folks learned anything from history?

Government and those it employs can do WHATEVER THEY WANT !!!

Just WHO is going to stop them?? Some "Mickey Mouse" inspector from the State Department??? The Supreme Court? That piece of paper called the Constitution?

Get REAL !!!  Those in power can do ANYTHING they want. If you complain, you may lose your career, home, family - at best! If you too much noise, a bullet to the head (or perhaps a convenient "car accident") is more likely.

 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:01 | 4913266 Seize Mars
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For God's sake don't bring up Israel, as you will be labaled a racist and lose your home, job and savings.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:38 | 4914595 MeelionDollerBogus
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Cheesepopes will take all yer cheddar.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:40 | 4913230 asking4it2k
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Can someone explain to me how it makes economic/ budget sense to hire a blackwater mercenary for $150k compared to a US soldier making 60k?

 

Where my fiscal conservatives at ???????

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:42 | 4913479 Buckaroo Banzai
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??? Don't be an ass. There are no "fiscal conservatives" in the leadership of either party.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:06 | 4914514 Emergency Ward
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It's not done for budgetary reasons, it's done to shirk the blame.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:48 | 4914920 esum
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OK

no logistic support.... for every combat troop you have 5 support

No ceremony at Dover, or flight home

No vet Benes or VA...eh, disregard the VA

NO shithead ball licking 1 star trying to make 2

No stupid suicide missions, like sending jar heads charging directly into machine gun fire at Fallujah

No Bo Berghdals

No Prisoners No quarter None asked

No taxes

 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:48 | 4914921 esum
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OK

no logistic support.... for every combat troop you have 5 support

No ceremony at Dover, or flight home

No vet Benes or VA...eh, disregard the VA

NO shithead ball licking 1 star trying to make 2

No stupid suicide missions, like sending jar heads charging directly into machine gun fire at Fallujah

No Bo Berghdals

No Prisoners No quarter None asked

No taxes

 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:39 | 4913231 asking4it2k
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Can someone explain to me how it makes economic/ budget sense to hire a blackwater mercenary for $150k compared to a US soldier making 60k?

 

Where my fiscal conservatives at ???????

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:15 | 4914531 MeelionDollerBogus
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There are no conservatives or liberals. There are only Kings, their minions, then slaves.
The economic sense of the Yooknighted Shtates of Uhmurrika is to enrich the murderers, gangsters & mafia overlords in the banks and destroy all else.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:51 | 4913249 cooky puss
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Sons of bitchez. This is beyond triggering sarcasm. Bastards.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:00 | 4913263 Seize Mars
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How can you read this and do anything other than laugh?

Realize now that in a fiat/debt money system, your use - or "valuation" of - Federal Reserve Notes depends upon confidence. Confidence in the issuer and the subjects whose taxes will continue to service the debt.

So reading the above article, how much "confidence" do you have in...anything?

Realize that when Emperor Caracalla was granting Roman citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants and debasing the money, that the money was still equity money, debased or not. In other words, Our empire is much worse off than the ancient Romans, and will fall apart faster and with much more gravity.

Black-fucking-water versus the State Department. The irresistible force meets the immovable object.

At this point, like the citizens of ancient Rome, I'm looking forward to the impending foreign invasion.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:08 | 4913279 Seize Mars
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Also, regarding this:

...after more than six years of legal wrangling, the case — the most serious confrontation between the government and the press in recent history — will reach a head in the coming weeks. Mr. Risen has steadfastly refused to testify. But he is now out of challenges. Early this month, the Supreme Court declined to review his case, a decision that allows prosecutors to compel his testimony. If Mr. Risen resists, he could go to prison...

Have these fucking morons ever heard of the fifth amendemt? One cannot be compelled to testify. But, you know, whatever.

 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:13 | 4913287 pandabear01
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“Blackwater contractors saw themselves as above the law,”

 

When you work for the CIA, you ARE above the law


Tue, 07/01/2014 - 08:23 | 4913307 d edwards
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And if you are 0bamao or in his regime you are above the law. As they say, a fish rots from the head.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:27 | 4913428 Reader1
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I've actually interacted with Blackwater in Iraq.  The ones I met were a bunch of yahoos.  They didn't seem like badasses to me, but a bunch of redneck retards in love with themselves.  Not particularly professional, not too bright, and not much more than a bunch of hicks in 511-type gear who flew around with DoS choppers.  I am not surprised by anything they're accused of.  

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 09:28 | 4913435 Son of Captain Nemo
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One would think this would be a career ender for the likes of Blackwater and Prince Erik...

But when you think about the fact that the guys who started the war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria and now Ukraine have gotten away with it along with the tacit approval of it's indifferent citizens, why should anyone be dismayed at the idea that they would threaten and investigation w/ investigators with taking their lives for getting out the "Truth"?

Made in U.S.A.!

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:09 | 4913573 peterZ
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well they were hired to do a bullshit job no one wanted or could do and then you want to burn them for making shit happen....only in the USA.  Maybe the govt should consider their needs before they go blow shit up.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 21:26 | 4916108 Seize Mars
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peterZ

Are you serious? Like I (the taxpayer) forced them to get paid to murder? Are you fucking insane?

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 10:09 | 4913575 peterZ
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well they were hired to do a bullshit job no one wanted or could do and then you want to burn them for making shit happen....only in the USA.  Maybe the govt should consider their needs before they go blow shit up.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:54 | 4914000 esum
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When is KSM going to get justice administered

 

Or is shitfirbrains staging another hostage swap when they start shelling ussa billion dollars palace embassy in Baghdad

 

How bout negrodomus unleashes the dogs on al bag daddy ISIS #1 and they feed him to the pigs and put the Vid up

That ought to rile em up a bit. 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 12:05 | 4914057 GreaterFool1965
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The only debates allowed in this country are those sanctioned by the gov't.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:07 | 4914515 MeelionDollerBogus
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"Oh no, of course! I'd be GLAD to discuss the charges you'd like to bring against me & Blackwater. Here, let's step into the back office to talk about this in-depth.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:54 | 4914670 bugs_
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wow lots of Academi/Blackwater "news" lately - MUST BE SOME CONTRACTS UP FOR GRABS

but seriously I'd like to say how proud I am of Academic/Blackwater/Xe/XPG for giving the anti-war left something to do - its been a long 6 years of keeping their mouths shut.

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