by Keith Johnson
A scandal-laden private military contractor and a notorious security firm have joined Team Trump to address a possible alternative to sending the recently committed 4000 additional US troops to Afghanistan. The alternative to sending our best and brightest to a protracted 16 year ‘kinetic military action’ is one of the most disturbing stories in the news. That is quite a statement, considering the inundation of disturbing news these days.
Erik D Prince, founder of Blackwater International and Stephen Feinberg, owner of Dyncorp and Cerberus Capital Management L.P. have been recruited by Trump’s top advisers to tackle the issue of discovering a surrogate to funneling more young Americans into an unpopular and expensive occupation of Central Asia. Their solution: private military corporations.
(Pause to let it sink in….)
Private mercenary military contractors fighting foreign wars in countries that have not been formally presented with a declaration of war should immediately make everybody pause, if not panic. Paid soldiers of fortune, not necessarily American, fighting wars globally has many disturbing characteristics.
First, corporations are profit driven. If there is no conflict, war, or kinetic military operation, the corporation ceases to be productive – let alone lucrative. There is no compensation for peace. This should be sufficient to halt this proposal immediately.
Who will train the mercenaries?
This is a fair question. If soldiers are paid by and loyal to a military contracted corporation and can have any nationality or moral character that the corporation deems sufficient, where do their loyalties stand? Do they represent your values and beliefs? Do they even have a common goal or objective besides the root of ALL evil?
Who is accountable?
When war is waged, there is always a reason. The reason is not always just. Are you willing to be responsible for employees of a multinational military industrial complex when they act in a less than humanistic manner?
Are private corporations subject to the international rules of the Geneva Convention?
This army, will it be loyal to the United States of America and the Constitution? Do they swear an oath? If so, which oath?
It is fair to assess the corporations that will be the face of America on other peoples homeland. Forgive me for my frankness; however, you will not be there to explain the motivations and objectives of the soldiers of fortune in this person’s home or land of birth. You can of course apply for the position if you feel inclined. After all, it is important enough to allocate $billions and millions of lives. Right?
Let us start with Dyncorp. Rep. Cynthia McKinney grilled Donald Rumsfeld on the Dyncorp sex trafficking scandal. Dyncorp was involved in human sex trafficking in Bosnia in 1999 with a police training task force from 30 different countries. Later Dyncorp “employees” engaged in a video showing sex with children in Melgar, Colombia in 2010. It was even sold as a sex tape in Bogota.
Then there is the law suit filed in Colombia on September 11, 2001 for spraying toxic Monsanto’s Round Up pesticide on alleged drug cultivation spots. Ecuador claims that the pesticide has poisoned their water supplies and damaged livestock.
How about the lawsuit filed by the United State of America Vs. Dyncorp filed June 10, 2013 in the United States district Court for the Eastern District of Virginia stating that Dyncorp intentionally defrauded the US and violated the False Claims Act, 31 U.S.C. 3729 et seq. while providing assistance fighting “narcoterrorism” in Afghanistan and elsewhere by inflating labor costs in 2013. Employees were allegedly working more than 24 hours per day.
What about Blackwater International?
Jeremy Scahill wrote a damning book titled, Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He compares the mercenary killers to the Roman Praetorian Guard. It won a George Polk Award in 2007.
It has been said that plumbers preserve the health of the nation. In the world of plumbing, black water refers to raw human waste sewage.
They have since changed their name. The company is now known as Xe and hopes to be a “one-stop shopping source for world class services in the fields of security, stability, aviation, training and logistics”, according to a memo sent by company president Gary Jackson to employees.
Or is it Academi LLC? They admitted to 17 Federal charges….
In the Wall Street Journal, Prince details a plan with two examples to model our Afghanistan strategy. The first is a General MacArthur style viceroy that is all powerful and answers only to Trump. MacArthur was fired for insubordination, making unauthorized statements, and a general desire to expand war. Given the history of Blackwater and Dyncorp, is this acceptable? A war mongering renegade that will not follow orders?
The second example is worse. The British East India Company. The worlds first multinational corporation with a private army that brutalized foreign citizens, pillaged their resources, started the Opium Wars, and eventually had to have the worlds first ‘bail out’. William Dalrymple wrote a fantastic article for the Guardian March 4, 2015.
The opium wars stand out for me. Here is why:
The East India Company’s importation of 1400 tons of opium into China resulted in the Opium Wars and established a global drug empire at the expense of millions. India was the center of opium production. Even Warren Delano, grandfather of FDR, made a fortune dealing drugs. During the Vietnam ‘kinetic action’ the Golden Triangle was the hub of opium production and the CIA’s role in trafficking is well documented. Now 90% of the global opium comes from Afghanistan. Is it unreasonable to question somebody that is pushing an East India Company style occupation in Afghanistan?
Erik Prince on was interviewed on NPR July 24 and was questioned about his motives. When asked directly if he was interested in his company profiting from private military warfare, Prince dodged the question. When pressed, he finally admitted, “Absolutely”.
Dare I mention technological advances and the genetic mind reading chipped super soldier project. The Brookings Institute was quite candid in the article, ‘How to Be All That You Can Be: A Look at the Pentagon’s Five Step Plan For Making Iron Man Real’ Peter W. Singer Friday, May 2, 2008. You cannot make this up.
A Fort Lewis assessment also paved the way for the first combat theater employment of a digitally networked soldier. There is the Land Warrior (General Electric, Hughes Aerospace and then acquired by Raytheon.) project and the Future Force Warrior with technologies such as nanotechnology, powered exoskeletons, and magnetorheological fluid-based body armor. Have you seen the “nightmare inducing” robot?
Blackwater and Boston. This is a good article from the Boston Globe.
In a radio interview on Breitbart Radio, Erik Prince announced his desire to bring back the Phoenix Program. This operation is one of the darkest and disturbing events in the Vietnam kinetic action. “Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV) Directive 381-41, dated 9 July 1967, inaugurated the Intelligence Coordination and Exploitation (ICEX) program to Attack the Vietcong Infrastructure (VCI). In late 1967, MACV replaced the name “ICEX” with “Phoenix,” after a mythical bird that appeared as a sign of prosperity and luck and a near translation of the South Vietnamese name for the program, “Phung Hoang” (All-seeing bird”).”
Douglas Valentine writes:
Rape, gang rape, rape using eels, snakes, or hard objects, and rape followed by murder; electric shock (‘the Bell Telephone Hour’) rendered by attaching wires to the genitals or other sensitive parts of the body, like the tongue; the ‘water treatment’; the ‘airplane’ in which the prisoner’s arms were tied behind the back, and the rope looped over a hook on the ceiling, suspending the prisoner in midair, after which he or she was beaten; beatings with rubber hoses and whips; the use of police dogs to maul prisoners.
Military intelligence officer K. Barton Osborne reports that he witnessed the following use of torture:
The use of the insertion of the 6-inch dowel into the canal of one of my detainee’s ears, and the tapping through the brain until dead. The starvation to death (in a cage), of a Vietnamese woman who was suspected of being part of the local political education cadre in one of the local villages…The use of electronic gear such as sealed telephones attached to…both the women’s vaginas and men’s testicles [to] shock them into submission
The deep state “think tank” Rand Corporation shamelessly downplays the atrocities of the Phoenix Program. “Although abuses did occur, neither Phoenix nor its action arms were assassination programs, as critics charged, but negative publicity helped shape public perceptions that the United States was at war with the Vietnamese people.”
Our Central Asia kinetic military action has already been plagued with reports of torture including The US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report summary on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detention and interrogation program. The 6,700 page report tells of painful restraints, imposed punitive “anal feeding” or “anal rehydration,” and forcing detainees with broken leg bones to stand shackled against walls. The tactics took a heavy toll on the detainees, especially when combined with sleep deprivation and isolation over long periods.
QUOTE!!!!!: The former CIA asset on his latest venture: After being ‘blowtorched’ by U.S. politics, he says, this time he’s working for Beijing. Jan. 24, 2014 6:28 p.m. ET
Or you may agree with Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) who believes Prince “is on his way to being an American hero just like Ollie North was.” Read here about our American hero, Ollie. Please.
How about the Russia scandal?? Washington Compost April 3, 2017,
If the viceroy answers only to the president, what about the other ‘clients’? China and Russia aside, how about countries that are in the battle zones? According to the New Arab, American private mercenaries are in Iraq and started their work on July 15! Which “viceroy” is in charge, if at all?
If you want to read a good article on privatized militaries and nation building, may I suggest Nation Builders For Hire, New York Times Magazine by Dan Baum June 22, 2003.
What are Prince, Feinberg, Kushner, and Bannon’s ties to foreign countries and where do their loyalties lie? I believe this to be a fair question. After all, my taxes are paying for the mercenaries’ salaries and training…. and… supplies…. and ammo… and? Am I alone? Does this seem insane?
An army of state of the art super soldiers with no allegiance to any country, rules, or morality paid by multinational corporations with a history of eugenics, corruption, weapons trafficking, sex trafficking, drug trafficking, torture, terror, war, slave labor, political assassinations, and bizarre occult ‘secret society’ decrees that can and probably will be turned against the American people, is not something I am willing to support. As a matter of fact, I am 100% opposed.
What about you?
“…..as successive American governments sink deeper and deeper into the vortex of covert operations – ostensibly to combat terrorism and Communist insurgencies – the American people gradually lose touch with the democratic ideals that once defined their national self-concept.” – The Phoenix Program Douglas Valentine
If private military contractors with mercenaries and robots decide another employer has a better offer, what happens when the Phoenix comes home to roost?