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  •  ????? Privatized Armies (none)
     accountable to noone? Who is responsible if they shoot someone , the government or the company?

    May there be peace on earth and may it begun with me

    by lazbumm on Sat Mar 20, 2004 at 01:34:52 AM PST

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    •  Very good question. (none)
      IMO the issue of the mercenaries in Iraq is a BIG one and deserving of a diary post. I am so far having difficulty gathering enough info through my meager Google skills, unfortunately.  But I have several questions about our armies-for-hire, like:
      • Exactly how many privately employed soldiers-for-hire are in country in Iraq right now?
      • How much $$ in government contracts is currently being paid to private security?
      • How many mercenary casualties have there been in Iraq since the start of hostilities? How many wounded?
      • How does the pay and benefit package of the private sector security firms compare with that of the U.S. military?
      • Who is responsible if mercenaries break the laws of the country in which they find themselves?
      • When, if ever, does the company have to report casualties inflicted upon their employees?
      • When, if ever, does the company have to report casualties their employees inflict upon civilians?
      • What sorts of formerly-performed-by-servicemen and women-jobs are being contracted out?
      etc.

      Damn, I wish I were a journalist or something. I might actually be onto a big story if I tracked down this information.

      There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. --Benjamin Disraeli, cited by Mark Twain

      by sheba on Sat Mar 20, 2004 at 01:41:19 AM PST

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      •  hey sheba (none)
         the first question has been on the news the private army of corporations in Iraq is the second larget contingent in the coalition of the billing. I beleive these people are paid by haliburton under their cost plus accounting scam.
         the rest I dont know but definitly worth investigating , my e mail is under my bio so feel free to contact me for help in research.

        May there be peace on earth and may it begun with me

        by lazbumm on Sat Mar 20, 2004 at 01:46:19 AM PST

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        •  oh the number (none)
          is in excess of 10,000

          May there be peace on earth and may it begun with me

          by lazbumm on Sat Mar 20, 2004 at 01:47:33 AM PST

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          •  Much thx lazbumm.... (none)
            The last number I saw was given in British press in approx. December; and yes IIRC it was in excess of 10k. I haven't seen anything more recent in re: numbers.

            It's a tangled web, to be sure. When I started crawling around looking at the folks in this line of work (Vance etc.), it turns out that they're of course owned by another outfit, and have combined with yet another outfit in their Iraq venture. I'm sure this is often how it works, so the groups are hard to trace.

            Tomorrow I will work up what I have in a diary and ask the brilliant dKos community for some assistance. Many hands make light work, etc.

            There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. --Benjamin Disraeli, cited by Mark Twain

            by sheba on Sat Mar 20, 2004 at 02:00:33 AM PST

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      •  Mercenaries (none)
        Kojo Namdi's show in WAMU did a feature on these police forces.

        http://www.wamu.org/kojo/index.html

        I think that NPR's TOTN has done some stuff too.

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