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.
One of the stars of the widely acclaimed Iraq war film The Hurt Locker has claimed that the filmmakers hired the mercenary firm Blackwater. The producer says they were mercenaries, but not Blackwater.
German prosecutors have launched an investigation into allegations that a Blackwater-led CIA team conducted a clandestine operation in Hamburg after 9/11 aimed at assassinating a German citizen with suspected ties to Al Qaeda.
The Blackwater guards are charged with killing two Afghan civilians in May 2009.
A federal judge has dismissed all charges against the five Blackwater operatives accused of gunning down fourteen innocent Iraqis in Baghdad's Nisour Square in 2007.
Blackwater will pay families of dead Iraqis $100,000 each, and says it is "pleased" with the outcome.
Two Blackwater contractors died in a December 30 suicide bombing at a CIA station in Afghanistan, suggesting that the company is more enmeshed in CIA business than the agency admits.
A federal judge has dismissed all charges against the five Blackwater operatives accused of gunning down 14 innocent Iraqis in Baghdad's Nisour Square in September 2007.
Escalation in Afghanistan means a surge in contractors, which means that thousands more Afghans will be hired to work at US bases, guard US installations and participate in US training programs.
The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan has hired a firm with ties to a powerful ex-Republican congressman to help prepare oversight reports on other corporations.