LA Times: “Private Security Guards in Iraq Operate With Little Supervision

Kudos to the LA Times. Finally someone picked this up and ran with it. Remember the three “soldiers” who were burned and hung from a bridge last year? They were PMFs accussed by the Iraqis of shooting innocent people. We got mad, right? The story was used all over right wing radio to embolden us to continue to fight “the insurgents”. As has usually happened with this war in Iraq, time and information yield a bit more to the story than first appeared. Watch this video and imagine how mad this is making the Iraqi people. Now imagine how many more incidents don’t make it out in video form.

“This is not a particularly effective way to win the hearts and minds of Iraqis,” said Joshua Schwartz, co-director of George Washington University’s government procurement program. “The contractors are making the mission of the U.S. military in Iraq more difficult.”

Much more needs to be said and done on this. Hopefully Hackett will get asked my question submitted to MTB and he or someone else will address this problem. We must hold Aegis, Blackwater, and the others accountable!

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