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Monday, June 09, 2008

Nobody Loves Blackwater But Bush

The Iraqis don't want them, the FBI calls them murderers and American homeowners are trying to move them out of their backyard. Only the Bush Administration keeps giving Blackwater love--and contracts.

In the latest misadventures of Mercenaries-R-Us, it took an order from a federal judge last week to force San Diego's mayor to let Blackwater open its new training facility after 200 residents led by a congressman protested “a black mark on American democracy.”

Since gunning down 17 Iraqis last September, Blackwater has reportedly signed more than $144 million in contracts with the State Department for “protective services” in Iraq and Afghanistan and been awarded millions more in contracts from the Coast Guard, the Navy and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

All this comes months after the FBI found that at least 14 of the Baghdad shootings were unjustified and violated deadly-force rules in effect for Iraq security contractors, and the Justice Department is investigating charges that Blackwater employees sold US arms on the black market that ended up in the hands of terrorists.

Nonetheless, in April, the State Department renewed Blackwater's contract to provide security, a move Prime Minister al-Maliki adviser Sami al-Askari called "bad news...because they have committed acts of aggression, killed Iraqis, and this has not been resolved yet positively for families of victims."

Blackwater is so deeply entrenched that even Barack Obama has not "ruled out" their continued involvement in Iraq. Starting with hefty contributions to Bush's campaigns by its founder, the company has privatized the war with $1 billion of mayhem--and counting.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amy Goodman's DemocracyNow! had Jeremy Scahill on discuccing Blackwater, again. He's the definitive expert on these hoods.

It's not going to be easy phasing them out, but Obama is fully versed on it all.

Again, it's a monster on the loose, so it will take a lot to diminish its presence.

Anonymous said...

Well, I built me an army and it’s ready to go…
‘Ol Iraqi, she’s callin' my name
Crusaders are jumpin’
Arabs gonna get a thumpin’
Blackwater keeps rollin’, dolin’ out pain

Old Blackwater, keep on killing
No bid contracts, gonna make millions
Old Blackwater, keep on killing
Innocent civilians, but we’re making millions
Old Blackwater, keep on killing
We’re above the law and we keep making millions

Yeah, we keep firin’ our guns
watching heads explode, we admit it’s kinda fun
And we ain’t got no worries
cause we won’t see no juries at all…

Well if they complain, I dont care
Dont make no difference to me
Just blast that car in our way all to hell…

Yeah, Id like to see some guts fall to the sand
See that boy, watch me shoot his dad…
And Ill be buyin’ Exxon Stocks all night long!

Old Blackwater, keep on killing
No bid contracts, gonna make millions
Old Blackwater, keep on killing
Innocent civilians, but we’re making millions

Old Blackwater, keep on killing
We’re above the law and we keep making millions

Yeah, we keep firin’ our guns
watching heads explode, we admit it’s kinda fun
And we ain’t got no worries
cause we won’t see no juries at all…


Yeah, Id like to see some guts fall to the sand
See that boy, watch me shoot his dad…

Hey Bu$h, come and take me by the hand,
just step over the bodies lying in the sand,
in the sand, in the sand, where’s Osama?
gonna murder and kill all night long!