To arms

Over the past five years, the United States of America has become a heinous distortion of itself. We are now outsourcing our wars to mercenaries with a vested interest in conflict without end.

That is wrong for more reasons than you can count.

The very existence of Blackwater USA is an affront to our nation's most basic values. And it is time to put a stop to it.

Congressman David Price is out in front on this issue and is correctly positioned as chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security to go all the way. He should be the person who leads the take down of Blackwater. The person who stops our slide into the Blackwater gutter.

Please write to Congressman Price and encourage him to stop at nothing to set things right. This fundamental break in our nation's integrity deserves nothing less.

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Congressman Price

was key to breaking the logjam in the OLF fight. He knows how to get things done - but this one will need lots of encouragement.

Nothing is beyond the reach of Blackwater.

Instead of recommends

How about just emailing the Congressman and ask a couple of friends to join you.

A

PS Hey OLF folks: What do you all in the heartland think about our country paying companies ten times what we pay soldiers to fight Bush's war in Iraq?

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How about both?

Great push, James. It won't happen till the weekend, but I'll get it done.


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Anglico, there has been a lot of discussion about this

over at the great orange satan and there is currently a diary on the rec list regarding Blackwater. You might pop over and create a diary of your own giving out the Congressman's e-mail so others can contact him.
This needs to be brought to the forefront and dealt with swiftly.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

I did that yesterday

but got lost in diary hell. I'll try again this weekend.

Thanks!

J

Thank you! I'm having a bleary eyed work day

but my daughter did all the hard work last night and this morning, so I'm not complaining.

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

North Carolina. Turning the South Blue!

To stop the rise of those organizations like Blackwater....

you will face a powerful foe.

Part of those who will work against you are unseen by you and are with almost unlimited resources.

The organizational machinery which has been engaged and validated by Vice President Cheney and President Bush have the potential of ruthless push back.

The arrogance of "Blackwater like" organizations is the result of the impunity from consequences which they have been able to operate in. I do not know the real purpose or intention for these organizations, but I do know that they are expanding and are very well placed geographically in America and other places.

The Presidents "War on Terror" has been an effective tool (shield) for activities related to, what I feel is, more than a "War on Terror". Power is Inebriating. What the President and Cheney leave behind will have to be dismantled quickly and completely least we all suffer it's consequences later.

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Marshall knows

more about this than any of us ever will . . . and like David Price, he can be a force to stop this evil. Even as a candidate, he's already showing what he's made of and what his values are.

Where does Walter Jones stand on our mercenary army? Is this the America he's so hot to defend? Why isn't he representing the US Marine Corps, where grunts get a fraction of the pay the Blackwater mercenaries get?

So much for caring for the troops.

Hey, gun owners ...

brothers and sisters .... when they come to get your firearms, who do you think they'll send?

... the libruls? pffft!
... the Academy of Trial Lawyers? double pffft!

... the ACLU? super-dog-triple pffft!

When they come to get our guns, they'll be sending Blackwater. Mark my word. These are them we need to fight. Now. Before it's too late.

[The above was a comment I made at dkos. The one response to it was interesting. I did not know that guns of lawful owners had been confiscated in NOLA. That is pretty scary stuff. Also, I know it's only teevee, but anybody out there been watching Jericho?]

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Unfortunately

it's not just Blackwater. We're pretty much outsourcing every aspect of our wars now. In Gulf War One there was about a 60 to 1 ratio of US soldiers to civilian contractor; in the present fiasco that ratio is closer to 1 to 1. Check out this video. Blackwater is just one of the more frightening and disgusting groups currently under US contract ... and not only in Iraq, but they showed up to patrol the streets in New Orleans after Katrina. The fact that we're outsourcing the security of our homeland to Rambos like that is what really bothers me. Can you imagine the current administration contracting with Blackwater or some other mercenary group to police the next anti-war protest on the national mall? Frightening.

Call Price.

Call or write to Congressman Price.

You're correct This isn't about breaking down Blackwater. There's an entirely new dark force in the nation, some might call it evil, that has catastrophic potential.

And mark my words. You'll soon start seeing administration propaganda about how "contractors" are just like your daddy, doing important work, serving food to our men and women in uniform, protecting our freedom, blah, blah, blah.

And then there will be the free market crowd touting this as a great example of entrepreneurship.

We need a White Knight to armor up and take on the entire monstrosity of mercenary armies.

Here's one rule we need: No contractor carries a weapon. Ever.

Folks might also

drop the Currituck County Commissioners a kindly worded email (commissioners@co.currituck.nc.us) and let them know we don't really want the likes of Blackwater calling North Carolina home. They're an embarrassment to the state.

Rep. Price may be of some effect in stopping Blackwater, but..

alone he will be a voice in the wilderness. Additionally, he will be brought under great pressure to curtail his interest in stopping Blackwater and similar groups. The powers behind Blackwater are great and rooted in governement agencies with considerable clout.

Public pressure and Public awareness brought to bear with the assistance of the press and internet are the tools which will form the cracks in the dam which protects Blackwater.

Then... and only then, will a Rep. Price and others have the forum they will need to bring this issue to hearings and hopefully legislation which will protect the public from future threats of such companies.

"Leadership and Learning are indispensable to each other"

JFK

Marshall Adame
2014 U.S. Congress Candidate NC-03

Blackwater is featured prominently in Greenwald's

documentary Iraq for Sale. It is another one of those films that will make you want to through something through the screen. I bought 5 copies a while back and sent to my siblings who live in NY, AZ and NC and asked them to watch it and pass it on. We also had a showing at our local library.
I seem to remember something about Blackwater goons being sent to New Orleans after Katrina. Yes?

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

I heard the Katrina story

as an unconfirmed rumor. And about some people killed on a bridge . . .

Here's a story from CBS but it doesn't look like it was Blackwater.

 
News of the 10th district: See Pat Go Bye Bye,

It's not a rumor.

Here it is from the Washington Post:

North Carolina-based Blackwater USA, for example, has 150 security personnel in the Gulf Coast region. The company, which provided personal security for the head of the Coalition Provisional Authority and continues to have a large presence in Iraq, began by donating the services of a helicopter crew to help the Coast Guard with rescue efforts. But it since has added commercial clients that either have buildings in the region, such as hotels, or are sending employees there to help with the reconstruction.

"The calls came flooding in. It's not something that we went down and tried to develop," said Chris Taylor, Blackwater's vice president for strategic initiatives.

Nothing in the article about people killed on a bridge, though. That sounds apocryphal, but then, this whole damned thing sounds that way.

(The article is from 2005)


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

That's the conclusion I would draw, yes.

It seems to me the Governors of the 50 states should be pushing to get their guard back, don't you think?


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Defintely.

I seem to recall that when Kansas was hit by the big floods earlier this year that the government response was hamstrung by the fact that their Guard was deployed overseas.

Also, isn't there a legal issue with the National Guard being deployed away from USA territory?? Or was that resolved? Or was that a "policy" and not law??

Person County Democrats

I actively oppose gerrymandering. Do you?

According to Jermey Scahill,

Blackwater was there to protect rich people's stuff. Shoot first and ask ?? later style security was their orders. He said he interviewed them on the scene where there were only Blackwater logoed guards. No FEMA at all.

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