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  •  I think it's worse. I think the US taxpayers (1+ / 0-)
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    subsidized Eric Prince's creation of an international mercenary army, filled with soldiers of fortune.

    How many such mercenaries does Xe now employ, worldwide, I wonder?

    Enough for him to take over a small country, would be my guess.

    Ugh. Now that's some ugly truth that's likely to be coming back to haunt the US at some point...

    "in Order to form a more perfect Union"
    Basta de Guerra. No más. Enough War. No more.

    by Angie in WA State on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 06:00:59 PM PST

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    •  I love your wise insights, Angie. (1+ / 0-)
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      It is really a chilling possiblity that companies like Xe could actually be hired to herd us.  They were hired for Katrina.  That was wrong in so many ways.

      10.2.10 March On Washington ROCKED http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/pages/march-details

      by War on Error on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 06:21:17 PM PST

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      •  I think it comes from reading a boatload of (1+ / 0-)
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        Mack Bolan The Executioner books in the 1970s, along with every science fiction book I could lay my hands on.

        I grew up on stories about subversive agencies determined to take down America, and their weasely ways... and many (if not most) of the villians of these tales were Americans and not some nefarious foreigner.

        Hence, my tendency to always look for the bad guys close to home, first. It's faster, and cheaper, and usually right. It's sort of like domestic violence statistics. A lot of murders take place in the US. But the cops always look at the roommate/spouse/family first - because odds are, it's somebody close who did the deed.

        It does seem to be the MO of these corporate persons, though, to find a way to subsidize their way into life via the US taxpayer, and then enrich the private ownership (these types of guys don't seem to go the public IPO route, do they?) via Department of Defense contracting.

        How convenient that the scabrous MIC contractors have educated themselves so well on how to work the system that they've scavenged fortunes out of the taxpayers - all in the name of death dealing.

        It's all just so terribly, terribly sad and worrisome, when you think about it.

        :(

        "in Order to form a more perfect Union"
        Basta de Guerra. No más. Enough War. No more.

        by Angie in WA State on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 07:02:12 PM PST

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        •  We need a BuSab Department (1+ / 0-)
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          Did you read the Dosadi Experiment?

          You write really well, Angie.  Have you tried you hand at writing a zinger?

          Me, I am straight up didactic...boring, no flare.

          You have flare..the gift.  Go for it.  You can publish for Kindle these days.

          Have to run off for some sleep.

          Nighty night.

          Oh, I had a new grand daughter in August, btw.  THE best!!

          10.2.10 March On Washington ROCKED http://www.onenationworkingtogether.org/pages/march-details

          by War on Error on Fri Nov 26, 2010 at 10:00:24 PM PST

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          •  I haven't read that Herbert series yet - (0+ / 0-)

            but I have ebook versions of the 3 parts, and it's on my list to read sometime this decade :)

            Bureau of Sabotage, now that is an idea whose time, I think, has come. We're doing all of it, just under a bunch of different names:
            CIA
            FBI
            NSA
            TSA
            ICE

            are just a few that come to mind.

            What's a zinger??? You mean a novel? I've thought about it, and I've got a couple of 'starter' books I've been working on this year, but haven't come close to finishing anything... too busy here on the dKos.

            Congrats on the new gBabe, aren't they some kind of wonderful to behold?

            "in Order to form a more perfect Union"
            Basta de Guerra. No más. Enough War. No more.

            by Angie in WA State on Sat Nov 27, 2010 at 11:44:13 AM PST

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