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  • March 15, 2007

    Bush’s Shadow Army

    An investigation into Blackwater USA reveals a frightening picture of a politically connected private army that serves as the administration’s Praetorian guard.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • October 26, 2006

    From Whitewater to Blackwater

    Blackwater USA has a new attorney to defend it against a wrongful death lawsuit by families of four contractors killed in Iraq: Kenneth Starr.

    Jeremy Scahill and Garrett Ordower

  • August 29, 2006

    Pay To Be Saved

    Unless something changes soon, New Orleans will prove to be a glimpse of a dystopic future, a future of disaster apartheid in which the wealthy are saved and everyone else is left behind.

    Naomi Klein

  • August 25, 2006

    Blackwater Shot Down in Federal Court

    A federal appeals court has ruled a wrongful death lawsuit can proceed against Blackwater USA: Families claim the firm cut corners in pursuit of profit in Iraq, leading to the brutal deaths of four employees in Fallujah in 2004.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • August 10, 2006

    Mercenary Jackpot

    As the United States decries the private militias of Lebanon and Iraq, GOP-connected, privately owned global mercenary firms receive blank checks and little oversight.

    Jeremy Scahill


  • May 22, 2006

    In the Black(water)

    Hurricane victims are still homeless in New Orleans, but thanks to the federal government’s $30 million contract bonanza, Blackwater USA’s profits are soaring.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • May 17, 2006

    In the Black(water)

    Tens of thousands of Hurricane Katrina victims remain without homes. The environment is devastated. People are disenfranchised. Financial resources, desperate residents are told, are scarce.

    Jeremy Scahill

  • April 19, 2006

    Blood Is Thicker Than Blackwater

    Lawsuits by families of soldiers-for-hire killed in Falluja have put a major war profiteer in the cross-hairs.

    Jeremy Scahill