Jeremy Scahill, a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, is the author of the bestselling Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, published by Nation Books. Nation Books will release Scahill's second book, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield, in April 2013. He is the writer, with David Riker, and a producer of the documentary feature film, Dirty Wars, which will be released by IFC Films throughout North America in June 2013. You can read his blog on TheNation.com here.
Intelligence veteran Robert Grenier, who worked covertly in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, recently offered a rare glimpse into the world of privatized intelligence, Blackwater and the CIA assassination program.
A former covert CIA operative turned novelist is fast emerging as one of the most important fiction writers in the military/covert ops/political thriller genre dominated by right-wing authors.
The CIA says it can't live without Blackwater. The State Department too. Could any of this be related to the big money Blackwater spends on Democratic lobbyists?
There's no doubt, McChrystal was rightly relieved of his duties. But in the end, it was his words--not his actions--that sunk his ship. Blackwater's ship of misconduct, crime and murder sails on, powered by new CIA contracts.
Indictments, investigations and scandals have not stopped the State Department from giving Blackwater another $120 million contract for "diplomatic security" in Afghanistan.
With Blackwater's top deputies indicted on federal charges and the company up for sale, rumors are swirling that Prince is preparing to bolt to a country with no extradition treaty with the US.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the administration is considering using Bagram to hold terrorism suspects from countries such as Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan.
The Pentagon is the world's largest consumer of oil and gas and BP is its number one provider. Why hasn't the US government applied the ACORN standard to BP and stripped it of its contracts?