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Bush's Private Army

Original post made by Jag Singh, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Jan 27, 2007

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 27, 2007 at 1:32 pm

I believe these men are primarily engaged in security for property and bodyguarding. Neither of those functions are combat related. They do not have diplomatic status nor military status and thus are subject to the law of the country where they operate. Most countries recognize the right of self defense.

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Posted by sarlat
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 27, 2007 at 1:32 pm

The Bush private armies such as Blackwater are based on the model of the Latin American dead squads, all of whom were trained by US and Israeli military personnel and by American mercenaries. They are above the law, below the radar screen and are not subjected to any congressional ovrsight. They are perfect for carrying out illegal, unauthorized and criminal missions for the Bush regime. The vision that Bush, but particularly Cheney and the federalist Society have for this nation is of an emperial presidency that isn't bothered by a constitution it ignores and violates and private miltias doing their deadly work for them.

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Posted by Wolf
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 27, 2007 at 4:10 pm

A correction and a question for Jag.

The correction is that I believe you should be calling this OUR private army and not BUSH'S private army, since I assume you pay taxes that support both the public US Army and the private security firms like Blackwater hired by our government. So unless your conviction is so great that you actually refuse to pay taxes and are willing to go to jail because of that, or to leave this country, please use proper terminology. OUR.

The question is that since Blackwater has been operating from 1996, shouldn't you call it at least Clinton's and Bush's Private Army? Just wondering.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 27, 2007 at 6:04 pm

There are a few Blackwater employees sitting in foreign jails who would love to hear they are above the law. They are bodyguards and property guards. It is not wrong to protect yourself and your property, especially where the threat is revolutionary rather than just venal crime. Most corporations in the United States also employ security personnel. Should they just stand and let their throats be cut and their property be stolen with no resistance?

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Posted by sarlat
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 27, 2007 at 7:07 pm

According the Geneva convention which is also an American law since the US has ratified it, Blackwater employees presence in Iraq is strictly illegal, as is the presence of the US military. Blackwater employees have no rights in Iraq any more than a bank robber in the bank he's robbing. Blackwater employees in other countries are subject to the laws of the country that agreed to their presence, but in Iraq they have no rights, no protection.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 27, 2007 at 9:00 pm

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