Thursday, September 15, 2005

Blackwater Mercenaries in New Orleans

Here's some disturbing news:

New Orleans - Heavily armed paramilitary mercenaries from the Blackwater private security firm, infamous for their work in Iraq, are openly patrolling the streets of New Orleans. Some of the mercenaries say they have been "deputized" by the Louisiana governor; indeed some are wearing gold Louisiana state law enforcement badges on their chests and Blackwater photo identification cards on their arms. They say they are on contract with the Department of Homeland Security and have been given the authority to use lethal force. Several mercenaries we spoke with said they had served in Iraq on the personal security details of the former head of the US occupation, L. Paul Bremer and the former US ambassador to Iraq, John Negroponte.

More after the jump...


Blackwater mercenaries are some of the most feared professional killers in the world and they are accustomed to operating without worry of legal consequences. Their presence on the streets of New Orleans should be a cause for serious concern for the remaining residents of the city and raises alarming questions about why the government would allow men trained to kill with impunity in places like Iraq and Afghanistan to operate here. Some of the men now patrolling the streets of New Orleans returned from Iraq as recently as 2 weeks ago.

Officially, Blackwater says its forces are in New Orleans to "join the Hurricane Relief Effort." A statement on the company's website, dated September 1, advertises airlift services, security services and crowd control. The company, according to news reports, has since begun taking private contracts to guard hotels, businesses and other properties. But what has not been publicly acknowledged is the claim, made to us by 2 Blackwater mercenaries, that they are actually engaged in general law enforcement activities including "securing neighborhoods" and "confronting criminals."


Pay a visit to TruthOut or DemocracyNow for the full article.

9 comments:

Elfster said...

That's interesting. I was just contacted by one of their recruiters for a possible position in Data Protection.

Cantankerous Bitch said...

That, of course, begs the question -- would you take the job if it's a tempting offer?

Elfster said...

Yeah. I would most likely take a good offer from them. But then, given my background, its highly doubtful I would be on the ground walking a beat or too far forward in the field. :)

Cantankerous Bitch said...

I don't know man... ElfSpook is quite an image. LOL

Elfster said...

LOL....naw...they aren't a Spook collection....more like a Gun-for-Hire group. I just hope they don't have me wearing a three-piece suit or anything like that...OR (shudder) have me cut my hair....

Cantankerous Bitch said...

Yeah, but they WORK for the Spooks, man. Betcha they'd make you wear kevlar as a team building exercise.

Elfster said...

Wear it? Hell, I helped test that crap for the NATO C&C facility in Sembach. LOL A little heavy for my personal taste, but then that was what...ten years ago? Twelve?? Something like that. Maybe they've made it lighter.

Geo_Chick said...

Oh it is a lot lighter now. You can buy it jeans and they aren't much thicker than regular ones. Called Draggin Jeans for motorcylists. It is also in jackets and all sorts of motorcycle gear. Lightweight and tough.

Elfster said...

Sounds like they've made great strides with the stuff. I remember the heavy jackets that we could barely turn our torsos while wearing.