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American military and corporate power have triumphed over all rivals—so why does the United States still struggle to impose its will on the world?

Jeremy Scahill says secret documents reveal Blackwater's relationships with multinational corporations like Monsanto and Chevron, as well as to foreign governments.

Internal documents reveal the firm's clandestine work for multinationals and governments.

"The idea that Obama is making good on a campaign promise to end the war is playing with words,” says The Nation's Jeremy Scahill.

The private defense operation formerly known as Blackwater—now called Xe—has cleaned up its act about as much as BP has cleaned up the Gulf, says Jeremy Scahill.

In the market for a private army? Jeremy Scahill says you can probably buy Blackwater from Erik Prince for cheap. 

In a rare audio recording obtained by investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, Erik Prince, owner of Blackwater, reveals his future plans for the mercenary army.

Five Blackwater officials have been indicted on federal weapons violations. Given the company's track record, the charges are small change.

On September 16, 2007, Blackwater employees killed at least 14 Iraqis in the infamous Nisour Square massacre. The youngest victim was nine-year-old Ali Kinani. In this exclusive interview, produced for Democracy Now by The Nation's Jeremy Scahill and Richard Rowley of Big Noise Films, Ali's father Mohammed talks about his son, the shootings, and his struggle to win justice.

Nine-year-old Ali Kinani died from a gunshot wound to the head in the Nisour Square massacre. His father may be the one man standing between Blackwater and total impunity.

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“The implications of allowing a US citizen to assemble a legion in any foreign country, and especially in a combustible region like the Middle East, are serious and wide-ranging,” they allege.

May 23, 2011

Why is Blackwater founder Erik Prince building a mercenary army for the United Arab Emirates? The contracted guns will be much less involved in maintaining the peace than they will in suppressing any dissent within the country. 

May 18, 2011

Blackwater's Erik Prince is building an army of mercenaries for the United Arab Emirates. One that includes no Muslims. What is going on here?

May 17, 2011

Blackwater's infamous founder is building a mercenary army in the United Arab Emirates.

May 16, 2011

Christina-Taylor Green was nine years old. She was born on September 11, 2001. She died on January 8, 2011 in Tucson, along with a federal judge and four others in a shooting targeting her Congresswoman.

January 10, 2011

 A confidential cable, released by Wikileaks, from the US embassies in Afghanistan and Pakistan reveals that US diplomats were asked for intelligence on refugee camps "for targeting purposes."  

December 2, 2010

The businessman also alleges he witnessed Blackwater's cocaine- and hashish-laced "frat parties gone wild" and random shooting at Iraqi civilians.

September 23, 2010

Jeremy Scahill says secret documents reveal Blackwater's relationships with multinational corporations like Monsanto and Chevron, as well as to foreign governments.

September 20, 2010

"The idea that Obama is making good on a campaign promise to end the war is playing with words,” says The Nation's Jeremy Scahill.

August 3, 2010

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.

July 7, 2010