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.
In an address marking the start of the Muslim holiday, Aid-al-Adha, the reclusive Taliban leader declares, "The enemy is retreating and facing siege in all parts of the country day in and day out."
The businessman also alleges he witnessed Blackwater's cocaine- and hashish-laced "frat parties gone wild" and random shooting at Iraqi civilians.
The military's most elite, secretive force has started advertising for highly-sensitive positions on public jobs sites. Is this 'Preparing the Battlefield' 2.0?
Kucinich's legislation says: "No one, including the President, may instruct a person…to engage in, or conspire to engage in, the extrajudicial killing of a United States citizen."
Using private forces is a backdoor way of continuing a substantial US presence under the cover of "diplomatic security" in Iraq.
The much-hyped Washington Post series on privatized intelligence fails to effectively take on contractor involvement in assassinations, renditions and torture.