Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide
participated in some of the C.I.A.'s most sensitive
activities -- clandestine raids with agency officers against
people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan
and the transporting of detainees, according to former
company employees and intelligence officials.
The raids against suspects occurred on an almost nightly
basis during the height of the Iraqi insurgency between 2004
and 2006, with Blackwater personnel playing central roles in
what company insiders called "snatch and grab" operations,
the former employees and current and former intelligence
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Backwater USA as the Bush Praetorian Guard
By Stephen Retherford
Blackwater grew out of an exploration launched by Dick Cheney when he was still secretary of defense. Cheney commissioned from Halliburton a study of "how to privatize the military bureaucracy.” Soon after, Cheney himself became the CEO of Halliburton; and when he returned to government, the Iraq war gave him the chance to reduce to a practice the lessons of that study. Scahill leaves the reader to infer how many of the necessary phone calls Cheney today is thus in a position to make, to relevant officers in the defense department and in the two corporations at the heart of the war effort. He himself laid down the conditions for creating one of the corporations, led the second for many years, and has had a hand in rebuilding the government department twice over.
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