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Iraq

Bill Maher's guest author of Blackwater, Jeremy Scahill on Iraq. There is an interesting article in the Nation (tip to M. Chang) on the candidates positions on Blackwater.

Clinton is now co-sponsoring legislation to "ban the use of Blackwater and other private mercenary firms in Iraq," saying, "The time to show these contractors the door is long past due.". . . Her timing was interesting, to say the least. Why February 28, in the middle of a tough political campaign? Why not after last September's Nisour Square massacre, when Blackwater operatives killed seventeen Iraqi civilians? Or, better, before it? Regardless, this makes Clinton the most significant US political figure to date to issue such a call. We will be monitoring closely how much of a legislative priority this becomes for Senator Clinton.
A senior foreign policy adviser to leading Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has told The Nation that if elected Obama will not "rule out" using private security companies like Blackwater Worldwide in Iraq. The adviser also said that Obama does not plan to sign on to legislation that seeks to ban the use of these forces in US war zones by January 2009, when a new President will be sworn in




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Blackwater

Bill interviews Jeremy Scahill author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army Are private armies legal, because that is what Blackwater is, and a Christian army to boot. Scary stuff don't ya think?




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