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Posted by on Mar 21, 2007 in Politics, War | 9 comments

The Military, The Monetary & The Mercenary


2004: Murdered civilian contractors hang from a bridge in Fallujah

Did you know that there are almost as many civilian contractors (120,000) in Iraq as troops (130,000)? And that 800 have been killed and more than 3,300 hurt doing jobs normally handled by a U.S. military stretched to the breaking point because of the Bush administration’s wretched management of the war?

Most of these civilians work for mega-firms like Halliburton and Wackenhut. They cook meals, do laundry, deliver supplies and work on construction projects and make infrastructure repairs.

A smaller number work for private security companies like Blackwater USA, which touts itself as “The most comprehensive professional military, law enforcement, security, peacekeeping and stability operations company in the world” with a mission “To support security, peace, freedom, and democracy everywhere.”

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