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Really, I'm not crazy - A little less than a happy high
komos
komos
Really, I'm not crazy
I went to visit a friend at the hospital yesterday, and while I was in the waiting room, I found a copy of Mother Jones magazine from May/June, 2003. The issue included an article about civilian military contractors, something I had talked with Burke and Michele about not too long ago. Just in case you were curious about what a "civilian security consultant" looks like, this isn't a bad place to start.

Because they operate with little oversight, using contractors also enables the military to skirt troop limits imposed by Congress and to carry out clandestine operations without committing U.S. troops or attracting public attention. "Private military corporations become a way to distance themselves and create what we used to call 'plausible deniability,'" says Daniel Nelson, a former professor of civil-military relations at the Defense Department's Marshall European Center for Security Studies. "It's disastrous for democracy."

Current Mood: Plausibly deniable

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shelbyg From: shelbyg Date: August 4th, 2004 03:06 am (UTC) (Link)
The largest istance of genocide before WWII was by the US and it's use of private military contractors in the Philipeans. Because it was private though, the US got plausible deniablity and it is not talked about.

Go private military contractors.

Sigh

Shelby
komos From: komos Date: August 4th, 2004 03:52 am (UTC) (Link)

A merc by any other name...

The handiest things about them are 1) when they get blowed up, we can point and show how "terrorists" have brutally killed "civilians," and 2) when they're caught torturing detainess in "private" prisons, we can disavow any knowledge of their activities.
shelbyg From: shelbyg Date: August 4th, 2004 04:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: A merc by any other name...

But everyone sees through it! The Philipeanos still hate us (as well as for the Marcos's) and we can never be the good guys in Iraq.

The only people fooled are the american people.

But they are the only people who matter in the eyes any adminstration.

The lack of long term thinking in bothe situations is astounding.

double sigh.

Shelby
komos From: komos Date: August 4th, 2004 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)

It's the late Roman Empire, baby

The only people fooled are the american people.

And of course, they're fooled because they're constantly being fed the wrong information and have been conditioned not to look any deeper.
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