Based in the wilderness of North Carolina, Blackwater USA is the fastest growing private army on the planet, with forces capable of carrying out regime change throughout the world.
Blackwater protects top US officials in Iraq, and yet we know almost nothing about the firm's military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and inside the United States.
Founded by the son of a wealthy conservative family known for funding far right-wing causes, the company is intimately connected to the Bush administration, and as a privatized army, accountable to no one.
Jeremy Scahill's Blackwater is the dark story of the rise of this mercenary army- World Affairs Council of Northern California
Jeremy Scahill is an unembedded, international journalist.
He is a correspondent for the national radio and television show Democracy Now! and a frequent contributor to the Nation magazine. He is currently a Puffin Writing Fellow at the Nation Institute.
Jeremy Scahill explains how the Bush administration is able to continue a war that is unpopular at home and abroad by replacing what should be a coalition of willing nations with a coalition of billing corporations, private companies that provide security and are granted no-bid contracts.
Scahill believes the tax money used to pay these corporations and private contractors should be directed towards caring for veterans.
Jeremy Scahill questions how sovereign the Iraqi government really is when the United States government is able to prevent the Iraqi justice system from prosecuting Blackwater officers involved in a Baghdad shootout and expelling Blackwater from Iraq.