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.
Blackwater's owner defends the Navy SEALs accused of abusing the alleged Iraqi mastermind of the killing of Blackwater contractors in Fallujah, saying he had broken out of his cuffs.
Mercenary giant DynCorp is on the verge of totally changing hands, while Blackwater is selling its private air force.
As the Obama Administration continues the military privatization agenda, a CIA-connected firm and an Israeli-run company named Instinctive Shooting International are looking to cash in.
Five Blackwater officials have been indicted on federal weapons violations. Given the company's track record, the charges are small change.
The Obama administration's decision to authorize the assassination of a US citizen has been met with silence from most Democrats.