Wednesday, September 14, 2005

More on NO mercenaries

Why do we need combat ready mercenaries in a disaster area? Is it appropriate for the government to use them to counter civil unrest in the U.S.?

In general the growth of the mercenary industry is unsettling, perhaps ominous, especially for a boderline paranoid like me who believes the current government, that does not appear to have any respect for the Constitution, will do anything to preserve their power. When it becomes clear that they stole the last elections and will steal the next and people get very pissed off when they realize it, will it be Republican hired mercenaries that squash unrest and protect the process of election fraud?

Heavily armed paramilitary mercenaries from the Blackwater private security firm, infamous for their work in Iraq, are openly patrolling the streets of New Orleans. Some of the mercenaries say they have been "deputized" by the Louisiana governor; indeed some are wearing gold Louisiana state law enforcement badges on their chests and Blackwater photo identification cards on their arms. They say they are on contract with the Department of Homeland Security and have been given the authority to use lethal force....

Two men we spoke with said they plan on returning to Iraq in October. But, as one mercenary said, they've been told they could be in New Orleans for up to 6 months. "This is a trend," he told us. "You're going to see a lot more guys like us in these situations." ...

complete article from here, via the Side Show

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