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Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.

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BLACKWATER

THE RISE OF THE WORLD'S MOST POWERFUL MERCENARY ARMY

By Jeremy Scahill

published by Serpent's Tail

ISBN 978 1 84668 630 6

price 12.99 [pound sterling] paperback

Blackwater raises a lot of deeply disturbing questions about where America's military is being led by this new breed of flee-market mercenaries. Jeremy Scahill traces Blackwater's beginnings in 1996, with the opening of a private military training camp "to fulfil the anticipated demand for government outsourcing".

This private army hired by the US government can operate in international war zones and on American soil. Its contacts run from military and intelligence agencies to the White House. Blackwater has its own military base, 20 aircraft and 20,000 troops. The administration hails Blackwater as a revolution in military affairs; others see it as nothing less than a dire threat to American democracy. This book is the utterly gripping and explosive story of how the Bush administration has spent hundreds of millions of public dollars building a parallel corporate army, an army so loyal to far right causes it constitutes nothing less than a Republican Guard.
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Author:Rhodes, Fred
Publication:The Middle East
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Date:Mar 1, 2008
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