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Blackwater: Fallujah Deaths Unavoidable

by Chris Jones (writer), Houston, October 24, 2007


Heavier guns and sturdier trucks would not have saved a team of Blackwater USA guards brutally killed in March 2004 after being lured by corrupt Iraqi forces into a well-planned ambush, the embattled private security contractor contends in a report to Congress.

This conclusion sharply contradicts the findings of a congressional investigation led by House Democrats and a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the families of the four slain guards. Blackwater is cast in both as an incompetent, penny-pinching outfit that sent an undermanned and poorly equipped detail through Fallujah, a known insurgent stronghold 40 miles west of Baghdad.

While calling the deaths “a tragic event,” Blackwater says the incident was unavoidable and the guards—former Navy SEALs and Army Rangers—understood the risks of their mission and could have refused to go.

While Blackwater may not be perfect, they’re still the best Private Military Contractor in the world. Any clear thinking person can see that the vilification of Blackwater is 100% pure Washington politics.

Blackwater was hired to keep Diplomats alive as they go about their business in Iraq. To this day not a single Diplomat has been injured or killed while under the protection of Blackwater. Ironically, many of the Democrats who call Blackwater contractors “cowboys” and “criminals” neglected to mention those feelings while they were being guarded by them.

There’s no doubt that civilians have been killed in Iraq by both Blackwater and the U.S. military. As tragic as that is, Iraq is a war zone and that sometimes happens in war zones. While the safety of Iraqi civilians is important, the safety of our personnel is even more important. I don’t expect a Blackwater contractor to wait until he gets shot, before shooting back.

The media coverage of Blackwater has been grossly inaccurate and completely ridiculous. Smearing Blackwater is just another way for liberal cowards in the media and the Congress to try and damage the Bush administration.

When visiting Iraq in the future, I’m calling on Democrats to stand on their principles and refuse Blackwater protection. To accept protection from a bunch of lawless mercenaries might appear to some as a de facto endorsement of that companies criminal activities.

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By Charles, Jr on November 14, 2007 at 10:18 pm
Get real dude! The FBI publically announced the results of their investigation of these murders. The FBI results: The Fallujah Deaths by Blackwater WERE Avoidable.
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By Chris Jones on November 14, 2007 at 11:49 pm
I read that report in the NY Times, but I'm waiting to get more information on it. If that turns out to be the case, then I will have no problem admitting I was wrong. Even if the report is true, I stand by what I said about Blackwater as a whole. They're still the best in the world. Not a single diplomat has been killed under Blackwater's protection and that is undeniable.
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By Charles, Jr on November 15, 2007 at 12:20 am
Aww, I was starting to like you with the first paragraph. He's really a decent dude I thought. Just taken in for now by the Fear & Smear From The Dark Side. Then came the second paragraph. Get real. Blackwater is Bush and Gang's private para-military answerable ONLY to him put together on our nickel. Blackwater para-troopies are paid a LOT more in cash and benes than our poor troops out there getting their asses shot up.
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By Kent J. on November 21, 2007 at 10:27 pm
Blackwater is the further Republican led privatization of everything. It is another example of the outsourcing of war as under George W. Bush, war IS the economy. Our American tax dollars have been illegally redirected into corporations and private companies with astoundingly lucrative contracts to them. Blackwater, started by ex-Navy Seal Erik Prince in 1996, employs at American tax dollar expense 20,000 hired guns out of the world’s largest military base. Blackwater pays its hired guns THREE to FOUR times MORE than what the American soldier earns, with TEN times the benefits the American soldier gets. Aside from THAT insult and slap in the face to the American soldier, it is the same to the American public as the actual escalation of troops is way beyond what the public was told it would be or even what they’re told it is. Which segues right into American Martial Law: Coming Soon To Your Town. Habeas corpus is a right our Constitution cribbed from the Magna Carta. Alexander Hamilton described it in the Federalist Papers as the greatest defense against “the favorite and most formidable instruments of tyranny.” The military Commissions Act was a blow to habeas corpus. Then came the John Warner Defense Authorization Act. The big print giveth the little print taketh. Tucked away in section 1076 is that our president can declare a public emergency and dispatch Federal troops (using Blackwater’s hired guns as the NEW Federal troops) to take over the National Guard and local police and sheriff departments (even though they are under the command of each state’s governor or county board or town) if he/she determines them unfit for maintaining order. Whatever happened to the idea that the Federal government should patrol the nation’s borders and let the states take care of their own business? Isn’t that why Congress repealed in 1878 the Insurrection Act? Don’t want those troops overstaying their welcome. No siree. Apparently some others are beginning to think troops quartered in our homes is just not that good an idea for a president who got us into one illegal war and now is threatening another one or two as Senator Leahy introduced Senate Bill 513 to repeal this odious section 1076. On September 19, 2006 he said “we certainly do not need to make it easier for presidents to declare martial law. Invoking the Insurrection Act and using the military for law enforcement activities goes against some of the central tenets of our democracy.” Amen to that.
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By Chris Jones on November 22, 2007 at 12:36 am
I don't know what that large block of text is all about, but your being a little overly dramatic about Blackwater. Do you have any clue how difficult it is for a retired Navy SEAL or Delta to find work after they leave the military? One of the running jokes in Special Ops circles is that when you get out you'll be just qualified enough to be a Wal-mart greeter. The unique skills that ex-special forces guys have are of very little use in the civilian world. Companies like Blackwater give those guys the opportunity to put those unique skills and millions of dollars in training back to good use again. Those guys don't deserve to finally make a little money after serving their country for many years with very little pay? The skills they have are in demand, so they should not be allowed to make money off of those skills? Do you realize that every single one of our Federal Agencies receive various types of training at the Blackwater facility? The DEA, FBI, CIA, and the U.S., British, Israeli, and Australian military all receive specialized training there. When the Ethopian troops needed training to defeat the Islamic radicals in Somalia some months back, they sent some Blackwater guys to help train the Ethopian troops. It was contractors hired by the U.S. government that trained the ground forces that defeated Milosevic in the Balkins. We were able to fight from the air without putting any boots on the ground, because of military contractors. The 7,000 acre Blackwater facility is not some covert military base, its the most state of the art training facility in the U.S. Blackwater was first hired during the Clinton Administration after the USS Cole bombing to teach new counterterrorism tactics to sailors. The U.S. Government has been using companies like Blackwater since Vietnam. Bush is not the first nor will he be the last. The more you guys in San Francisco try and prevent recruiters from recruiting, we'll just have to use more Blackwater guys. It's just plain bizarre that you think Blackwater is some kind of fascist army that is just waiting to seize power. It's actually funny to be honest. If I hadn't heard that same nonsense from so many on the far-left I wouldn't even believe you really believe that. It sounds like your either off your meds, or you've been watching too much V for Vendetta. Maybe both. I think we should put Blackwater in the airports, on the border, and anywhere there's a CodePink protest.
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By Joan Westin on December 13, 2008 at 04:19 pm

Treason is defined as a violation of allegiance to one’s country, or by acting to overthrow government.  Synonyms for treason are disloyalty, treachery, dishonesty, sedition and disaffection.  Synonyms for violation are transgression, infraction, infringement, breach, misbehavior, contradiction, thwarting, counteraction, opposition, and contravention.  Synonyms for allegiance are faithfulness, loyalty, devotion, fidelity, constancy, duty, trust, trustworthiness, obligation, stability, and fealty.  Synonyms for government are bureaucracy and a system of administration.  The act of governing is managing, overseeing and supervising.  Synonyms for overthrow are destruction, upset, undermine, ruin, crush, displace, disperse, demolish, overturn, subvert, and abolish.

There is A Rise of Treason In America.

Donald Rumsfeld was a student of economist Milton Friedman and what was once know as The Chicago Boys but has come to be known as The Chicago Thugs.  Rumsfeld bet the future on plagues.  Richard “Dick” Cheney, was an early student of Donald Rumsfeld during the American President Ford’s administration.  As Secretary of Defense under American President George H.W. Bush, Cheney bet the future on war, and a private sector McMilitary.  Today Cheney’s treasonous bet is known as Blackwater and Haliburton.

On September 10, 2001, CNN Evening News had a story titled “Defense Secretary Declares War on the Pentagon’s Bureaucracy.”  That morning, then U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had described Pentagon employees as enemies of America, the Pentagon as a grave threat to America and declared war on the Pentagon, the institution he had taken an oath of allegiance to.

The Pentagon’s staff, highly educated, trained and experienced in America’s national defense, had devoted their entire careers to defending America. The Pentagon’s staff had successfully defended America, most notably from the Communist Soviet Union.  They were now listening to the most extraordinary, and devastating to America, speech ever given by a U.S. Defense Secretary.  A speech that violated that U.S. Defense Secretary oath of allegiance to his office and his country.  Donald Rumsfeld had gone public with his treason and that he was a domestic terrorist with interests hostile to America and the U.S. government he was now paid to be an effective functioning part of.

Then U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld was not looking to save American’s their tax dollars.  Nor was he looking to defend America.  Nor was he looking to do the job he was getting paid by American taxpayers to do, that being to govern.  He wasn’t even interested in his oath of allegiance.  Donald Rumsfeld violated his oath to obey and uphold the U.S. Constitution, which clearly defines America’s national security as the duty of the U.S. government.  Then treasonous U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, now an open domestic terrorist, ordered every U.S. Department of Defense and Pentagon department immediately slashed by 15 percent while demanding from the U.S. Congress an overall 11 percent Department of Defense budget increase.  He then unconstitutionally and treasonously privatized America’s national defense.

One of the then Pentagon employees described their, and the rest of the audiences, reaction to then U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s staff meeting speech that morning.  “He was saying we were the enemy, that the enemy was us.”

Then U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s unconstitutional and treasonous actions were lost in the shock and horror of America’s 9.11.  125 Pentagon employees were killed, 110 seriously injured.  That’s 235 patriotic Americans that 24 hours earlier, their boss and now traitor to America, Donald Rumsfeld, had maliciously branded as enemies of America.

Traitors Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush and Richard Cheney had all declared and made it clear they believed that the job of government, that they were being paid by Americans’ tax dollars to do, was no longer to govern.  The horrifying results were the evisceration of the American military, and the rise of a private police force.  That rise of a private police force is funded with American taxpayer’s dollars.  That unconstitutional private police force is the treasonous Blackwater, a for-profit multi-national corporation that believes it is not accountable to American taxpayers that fund them nor the American Congress nor any American laws, nor even other country’s laws.

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