By Adam Howard, AlterNet
Posted on November 6, 2007
Bill Maher interviewed Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, on the most recent episode of Real Time. I a just a few minutes Scahill covers the mercenary army's origins (they're named after a swamp), its leader Erik Prince (who has deep ties with the extremist far right) and its plans for world domination (opening bases all over the country, thousands of men they can send to international and domestic conflicts of natural disasters.) Maher and Scahill also talk about how Blackwater mercenaries are better paid and have better armor than American troops in Iraq and how they make fighting the insurgency more difficult since they "commit crimes, shoot up Iraqis" and then the Iraqis retaliate against American troops. Check out the video here.
Adam Howard is the editor of PEEK.