Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army [Revised and Updated]
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This is the explosive story of a company that rose a decade ago from Moyock, North Carolina, to become one of the most powerful players in the “War on Terror.” In his gripping bestseller, award-winning journalist Jeremy Scahill takes us from the bloodied streets of Iraq to hurricane-ravaged New Orleans to the chambers of power in Washington, to expose Blackwater as the frightening new face of the U.S. war machine.
in the population, 92% of which just a year ago rejected any intervention of the US in the country,” said Chilean writer Roberto Manríquez in June 2004.44 It also sparked outrage and horror from victims of the Pinochet regime. “It is sickening that Chilean army officers are considered to be good soldiers because of the experience they acquired during the dictatorship years,” said Tito Tricot, a Chilean sociologist who was imprisoned and tortured under the dictatorship.45 The Chilean commandos
clearly covered under the earlier document request.38 While they turned over the diary, Gray and Schmitz stalled in handing over documents related to the diary and failed to explain why it was not produced during the five crucial years of the investigation.39 Investigators interviewed all those who had something to do with producing documents from Bush’s office except Gray and Schmitz, who refused to comply.40 Schmitz refused to turn over his own diary, which covered 1987 to 1992, claiming it
tip off Pentagon superiors.70 “He became very involved in political investigations that he had no business getting involved in,” a senior official in Schmitz’s office told the Times.71 “I’ve seen this office become involved in many questionable projects despite strong and persistent opposition from senior staff,” said Iowa Republican Senator Charles E. Grassley at the end of Schmitz’s tenure. “It appears to me that this has created a lack of respect and trust, and has resulted in an ineffective
Cause,” New York Times, November 14, 2007. 161. Sudarsan Raghavan and Josh White, “Blackwater Guards Fired at Fleeing Cars, Soldiers Say,” Washington Post, October 12, 2007. 162. Peter Spiegel, “Gates: U.S., Guards Are at Odds in Iraq,” Los Angeles Times, October 19, 2007. 163. Karen DeYoung, “Security Firms in Iraq Face New Rules,” Washington Post, October 24, 2007. 164. James Risen and David Johnston, “Justice Department Briefed Congress on Legal Obstacles in Blackwater Case,” New York
we would have gone after them.”105 The relationship between Krongard and Prince apparently got chummier after the contract was signed. “Krongard came down and visited Blackwater, and I had to take his [family] around and let them shoot on the firing range a number of times,” said a former Blackwater executive in an interview. “That was after the contract was signed, and he may have come down just to see the company that he had just hired.”106 Prince apparently became consumed with the prospect