Tuesday, August 04, 2009


posted by The Vidiot @ 4:51 PM Permalink

Just like an episode of "24":
A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company's owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company. The former employee also alleges that Prince "views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe," and that Prince's companies "encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life."



At 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey V; (And I really do mean "V" in that Hollywoodesque "blowing up Parliament" sense of the letter);

Ya' gotta' stay accurate! There really are no "ex" Marines ... and this includes even (for the hard-core server) the Army, Navy and Air Force!

Functionally, there are only three classifications of Military service; Active Duty, Separated, and Retired ... the last two of which can -- in relation to the emergency at hand -- be recalled to duty WHENEVER the President desires.

While "Semper Fi" is "officially" the Marine Corps motto, still, all "ex's" of the military services will respond in kind.


At 9:16 AM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

so, were these guys doing their military duty then?

At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, in a failed, "fog-of-war" kinda' way.

Actually, the problem now-a-days is that America's standing military is all volunteer.

Now, first-off, America's Founding Fathers never envisioned for this nation to have a standing "army (in other words, an inordinately large body of servers devoid of a specifically defensive conflict).

Over the last 30 years or so, everybody who's joined the military did so because they wanted to ... for whatever reason they claim. When my father joined the Air Force (freshly minted from a rib bone of the Army) his catch-phrase/watch-word was "security" (meaning his own personal economic security, he knew he was going to be a "lifer" on his induction day).

Sometimes, it takes a while for people to admit (even to themselves) that they've unwittingly helped commit a (war)crime. This is one reason why so many serving members of that "Good(tm Roosevelt) War" refused to talk about it once they came back. Immediately AFTER that war was declared over, America's military continued to slaughter and starve to death about 10 million more Germans.

Even to hardcore bullies, shooting fish in a barrel gets tiring after a while.

But what I was really getting at above is that -- if Obama were really keen on cleansing the current military ranks of his worst war-crooks, he could do a national call-up of previous military veterans, of earlier pseudo-war times. Certainly, every "call-up" such as -- say -- myself would have "time-in-rank" on anybody currently serving. It might even loosen some lips up.

Anyway, Obama would also get a corps of servers whose predisposition would be to clean the military of all its current gaggle of Constitutionally faithless.

Or maybe I'm just blowing smoke out my ask-hole.


At 11:56 AM, Blogger The Vidiot said...

they'd sooner do a draft than than have a bunch of you old timers (who've had time to think) come in an muck things up.

they have a perfectly imbecilic bunch of mindless order followers right now and that's how they prefer it.

At 12:40 PM, Blogger Bill Arnett said...

Anyone working for Blackwater or any of the other private armies of bush/cheney are not now, never have, and never will possess the honor, dignity, and devotion to the service of America to be a true soldier, willing to suffer personal sacrifice in service to this nation, and anyone claiming otherwise is dreaming. Oh, sure, there are plenty of people who abandoned their desire to serve America in favor of making more (gargantuan) sums of money perpetrating and perpetuating the illegal commands and war crimes of the bush/cheney war-making machine, all to willing to kill for money (and their particular form of mental illness) and possessed of no more honor than a mercenary and less than most mercs because they KNEW they were willingly committing war crimes daily. Those speaking up now, seven or eight years too late are seeking to avoid prosecution and incarceration when and if a war tribunal is convened to track down these bastards by pleading for immunity in return for their ratting-out, snitching, of and on the very people who paid them so well and whose orders to kill indiscriminately they followed willingly to earn their paychecks.

I agree with DanD that there are no "exes" when it comes to the honorable men and women who choose to defend America at great personal cost, suffering familial sacrifice, the horrors of war fought according to the Rules of War, and whom would give their lives to defend America.

Hell, even a beat up old man like me, a ragged out cancer victim of Agent Orange, living in eternal pain despite the copious amounts of morphine I am forced to take to feel semi-human, half lunatic from the torture of that forever pain, could, if America was attacked, go back into harness and perform any limited duties my skill set taught me. But I would adamantly refuse to serve in an illegal war and I would certainly refuse to kill or maim non-combatants like women and children.

I do, in fact, believe that one of the many factors causing the skyrocketing suicide rate among our soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines is an inability to accept, mentally, the fact that they have knowingly been ordered to kill hundreds of thousands of innocents and that they followed those orders now known to be illegal.

You never forget dead, burnt bodies, or bodies ripped apart by bombs or grenades or machine gun fire, so it's difficult for non-military personnel to understand the recurring dreams of slaughtered innocents, especially since it is now (and I think always) clear that their orders were illegal, they committed war crimes following those orders, and I think they are beginning to understand that they were conducting a genocide of the Iraqi people so Exxon-Mobile could hopefully gain control of Iraqi Oil. What a horrific thought that must be, and the horrific images they must forever carry, thanks to a war criminal president, I think bears a large responsibility for so many suicides.

I weep for our America, our military, all the while knowing there will be many, many more suicides to come courtesy of the Bush Monarchy.


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