environment & politics

The Problem With Private Security Contractors…

…is that no government is really held to account for appalling crimes against civilians, because responsibility is in the hands of private individuals. The blame is shifted, so leaders don’t have to own up for people of their own nation slaughtering the innocent of the one they’re trying to occupy.

Blackwater should be dropped as the main private security contractor for US diplomats in Iraq, a US State Department panel has recommended. Its report, commissioned by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, says the company’s contract should not be renewed when it expires next year. Ms Rice ordered the review after Blackwater guards killed 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in September 2007. Five guards have been charged with manslaughter over the shootings. The incident triggered outrage in Iraq and led to a debate about the role there of private security companies – upon which the US relies heavily.

By Mark Newton

Born in 1981, live in the UK. I write about strange things.