Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Google eBook)

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Nation Books, May 27, 2008 - History - 560 pages
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It was the Mogadishu moment of the Iraq war. March 31, 2004: Four American mercenaries are ambushed in the Sunni hotbed of Fallujah, their jeeps set ablaze with the men inside. An angry mob drags their charred corpses through the streets, hanging them from a bridge over the Euphrates River. "Fallujah is the graveyard of the Americans!," the mob declares in front of the cameras. Within hours, the images spread across the world. The ensuing US slaughter in Fallujah would fuel the fierce Iraqi resistance that haunts US occupation forces to this day. Who were the mercenaries killed in Fallujah and who sent them there to die?

Meet Blackwater USA, the powerful private army that the U.S. government has quietly hired to operate in international war zones and on American soil. Founded by billionaire Erik Prince, the company has its own military base, a fleet of twenty aircraft, and twenty-thousand troops at the ready, Blackwater is the elite Praetorian Guard for the "global war on terror"-- yet most people have never heard of it. It was the moment the war turned: On March 31, 2004, four Americans were ambushed and burned near their jeeps by an angry mob in the Sunni stronghold of Falluja. Their charred corpses were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River. The ensuing slaughter by U.S. troops would fuel the fierce Iraqi resistance that haunts occupation forces to this day. But these men were neither American military nor civilians. They were highly trained private soldiers sent to Iraq by a secretive mercenary company based in the wilderness of North Carolina. Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army is the unauthorized story of the epic rise of one of the most powerful and secretive forces to emerge from the U.S. military-industrial complex, hailed by the Bush administration as a revolution in military affairs, but considered by others as a dire threat to American democracy.
  

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This was a truly horrifying and depressing look at the use of private armies by the US, their impunity and the myriad problems they have caused. This is a must read for anyone attempting to understand our recent foreign policy, and especially our history in Iraq. Read full review

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Jeremy Scahill is hands-down one of the most knowledgeable and well-studied people on this subject on the planet. This makes it all the worse when he so flagrantly misstates, misrepresents, and ... Read full review

Contents

THE FACE OF BLACKWATER
1
BAGHDADS BLOODY SUNDAY
3
MAKING A KILLING
49
LITTLE PRINCE
65
BLACKWATER BEGINS
89
FALLUJAH BEFORE BLACKWATER
113
GUARDING BUSHS MAN IN BAGHDAD
125
SCOTTY GOES TO WAR
145
BLACKWATERS MAN IN CHILE
245
THE WHORES OF WAR
275
THE CRASH OF BLACKWATER
305
COFER BLACK THE GLOVES COME OFF
329
DEATH SQUADS MERCENARIES AND THE SALVADOR OPTION
349
JOSEPH SCHMITZ CHRISTIAN SOLDIER
365
BLACKWATER DOWN BAGHDAD ON THE BAYOU
389
THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE
409

THE AMBUSH
155
WE WILL PACIFY FALLUJAH
169
NAJAF IRAQ 40404
181
THIS IS FOR THE AMERICANS OF BLACKWATER
197
MR PRINCE GOES TO WASHINGTON
209
CASPIAN PIPELINE DREAMS
231
BLACKWATER BEYOND BUSH
447
Acknowledgments
465
Notes
469
Index
535
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About the author (2008)

Jeremy Scahill is a frequent contributor to The Nation magazine and a correspondent for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now! He is currently a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. Scahill has won numerous awards for his reporting, including the prestigious George Polk Award, which he won twice. While a correspondent for Democracy Now!, Scahill reported extensively from Iraq through both the Clinton and Bush administrations. Traveling around the hurricane zone in the wake of Katrina, Scahill exposed the presence of Blackwater forces in New Orleans and his reporting sparked a Congressional inquiry and an internal Department of Homeland Security investigation. He has appeared on ABC World News, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, MSNBC, PBSís The NewsHour, Bill Moyers Journal and is a frequent guest on other radio and TV programs nationwide. Scahill also serves as an election correspondent for HBOís Real Time with Bill Maher. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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