The ongoing use of the ruthless, mercenary army in america’s foreign wars questioned by investigative journalist and author.
In the first of a three-part series, the Islamic Post examines the work of award-winning investigative journalist, Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, and specifically, a report published on November 7 in The Nation entitled, “Why Is Obama Still Using Blackwater?”
Blackwater’s Contract Extended
Mr Scahill has been compiling research on Blackwater Worldwide, now known as Xe, since the mercenary group was contracted by the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the Hurricane Katrina aftermath in 2005.
As recently as August of this year, Mr Scahill penned that the U.S. State Department had “extended Blackwater’s
contract in Iraq, increasing it to $20 million.” Admittedly, the State Department has continued to contract with an Xe subsidiary to provide security for U.S. diplomats in Iraq even as the company is facing two major lawsuits in US courts. Even after announcing in May that the Blackwater contract would not be renewed, the State Department then contradictorily stated that the contract was scheduled to run through September 3, telling Scahill, “they are
still there, but we are transitioning them out.”
|Footage of an alleged Blackwater employee posing next to a slain Iraqi insurgent. Lawsuits allege civilians to have been killed in the same spirit.|
One of the cases concerns Iraqis who are suing Blackwater for a massacre of civilians that took place at Nisour Square in the Mansour District of the Iraqi Capital in 2007. The details of the savage carnage are too horrific to
repeat here, yet to ignore the butchery would be affording an advantage to the wave of racist extremists that has again risen in America. The public should be warned against those who would like nothing better than to provoke more of the same senseless bloodshed here on American soil as what was evidenced with the atrocities against African Americans and poor people after Hurricane Katrina.
Scahill notes that Jeremy Ridgeway, a Blackwater felon, admitted in sworn testimony, “there was no attempt to provide reasonable warning” to Iraqi civilians and that, he and the other Blackwater operatives open fired “with automatic weapons and grenade launchers on unarmed civilians.” Jeremy Ridgeway later pled guilty to one count
of manslaughter, and five other Blackwater guards have been indicted on manslaughter and other charges.
Earlier this year other former Blackwater employees came forth, in a second case with sworn statements which were filed in federal court, alleging the company’s owner Erik Prince views “himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe,” and that his men went out “night-hunting” in Iraq on a daily basis randomly killing civilians.
As recently as November 7, Mr Scahill writes shockingly that, “two years to the day after the Nisour Square massacre, Blackwater remains in Iraq armed and dangerous. The Obama administration recently extended the company’s contract there indefinitely.”
Mr Scahill then asks the U.S. President to explain why Blackwater ispermitted to remain on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere “representing the United States in these countries.” Enough damage has been done to
this country’s reputation, through the previous administration’s utilization of Blackwater for nefarious activities, as will be examined in a follow-up to this article.
Since the inception of the Islamic Post its founder and staff have worked diligently to unravel and expose a very sinister element in American society obsessed with a diabolical desire to incite a “New Crusade.” Former President
Bush when describing his “War on Terror” made what many thought to be a mindless statement when he referred to his war as a Crusade. What many did not realize is that he was actually projecting the mindset of a very evil element that if left unabated would lead to the destruction of America and the world. The mindset of this fanatical cell, whose only ambition is to persuade fervent but naive Americans into believing that it is their patriotic duty to eliminate Muslims, is in direct opposition to the teachings of the Beloved Jesus born of the Chaste Mary.
Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater, the Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army (Avalon, 2007).