Friday, November 27, 2009
Jeremy Scahill- Blackwater's secret war in Pakistan
American journalist Jeremy Scahill has been instrumental in exposing the rise of the secretive private military and intelligence corporation Blackwater , now known as Xe Services LLC. His book "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army" is a devasting expose of a rogue private military and intelligence corporation that acts with impunity as a covert and secret arm of US military and intelligence organisations. Scahill shows that the US Government uses Blackwater to conduct illegal activity thereby avoiding constitutional, legislative and political oversight.
Scahill has published a piece in the Nation which confirms for the first time that the USA is using Blackwater to conduct military programs inside Pakistan to murder Pakistanis suspected of being associated with the Taliban and Al-Quaeda.
Scahill reports that Blackwater is running a covert program in Pakistan on behalf of the US Government and the CIA to kidnap and assassinate suspects and is also involved in a military drone campaign that has killed scores of people inside Pakistan. Scahill argues that these programs are so secretive that the Obama administration, diplomatic officials in Pakistan and military officials are unaware of their existence.