Monday, 30 June 2014

From 'The Department of Not-Surprise' comes this discovery about Blackwater

quote [ Just weeks before Blackwater guards fatally shot 17 civilians at Baghdad?s Nisour Square in 2007, the State Department began investigating the security contractor?s operations in Iraq. But the inquiry was abandoned after Blackwater?s top manager there issued a threat: ?that he could kill? the government?s chief investigator and ?no one could or would do anything about it as we were in Iraq,? according to department reports. ]

I think this is causing barely a ripple because everyone pretty much suspected Blackwater of being a bunch of ruthless, murderous thugs paid billions by those for whom privatization of everything is the holy grail. When you finally have actual proof, it's not a huge surprise, and Erik Prince still walks free, hawking his book.
[SFW] [politics] [+6 Informative]
[by Dumbledorito@4:44amGMT]


ENZ said @ 5:39am GMT on 30th Jun [Score:2]
After Mr. Prince sold the company, the new owners named it Academi. In early June, it merged with Triple Canopy, one of its rivals for government and commercial contracts to provide private security. The new firm is called Constellis Holdings.

I was aware of the change to Academi, but I wasn't aware of the merger and change to Constellis Holdings.

I guess that's all that matters. Rebranding. Think it'd be possible to change "private military/security company" back to "mercenary"?
Isosceles_Lock said @ 6:06am GMT on 30th Jun
Weren't they also Xe or Zii or something along those lines for a while?

Fucking creepy shit, if there is an "illuminati" it's probably just PMCs applying pressure to keep their drug/gun/murder plots running smoothly.
mechavolt said @ 9:50pm GMT on 30th Jun
Yes, they were. They go through a complete name change and marketing redesign every couple of years or so, while remaining the exact same bunch of murdering scum they always have been.
steele said @ 3:14pm GMT on 30th Jun
If we can call a government organization that primarily invades other countries the 'Department of Defense', anything is possible.
blacksun said @ 7:25am GMT on 30th Jun
There is no justice anymore.
Almeister9 said @ 11:00am GMT on 30th Jun
I wasn't aware there was a time when there was justice.
steele said @ 11:21am GMT on 30th Jun
If I remember correctly, it was on a Thursday.
ENZ said @ 4:31pm GMT on 30th Jun
If only Thor would manifest on Earth every week and smite some random twat with his big fucking hammer.
rabiddawg said @ 12:41pm GMT on 30th Jun [Score:-4 Flamebait]
filtered comment under your threshold
Headlessfriar said @ 3:35pm GMT on 30th Jun [Score:5 Underrated]
As an American service member who did tour in Afghanistan, fuck you. Those assholes have only made our job harder. We have Law of War & rules of conduct to follow, rules written to try and make for the best relations with the local people. That's because that's the only way to deal with a guerrilla war, by not looking like an asshole. These thugs you love to jack off to go where they want, kill normal people commuting to work, and get off without even a slap on the wrist. Those normal commuters going to work who survived the Blackwater assault? Their friends, families, countrymen? All justifiably now furious at the US. And I'm looking at chickenhawks like you who want to keep doing dumb shit, making things worse for us. You assholes think you're patriots, but all you is drag our country through the mud while chanting "Murica!"
mechavolt said @ 10:02pm GMT on 30th Jun [Score:3 Underrated]
Former military man here, with my two cents. Fuck you. You don't get to speak for us, you don't get to use us as your political dildo. You love to put us on some sort of pedestal, saying that people's opinions are invalid unless they made the same sacrifices we did. And then you proceed to tell those people what our opinions are, as if everyone in the military is part of some homogeneous group think and you have some special insight into what every single one of us believes. You have some warped belief that going into battle somehow gives you the authority to silence all opposition, like you become some sort of noble god -- and then you co-op that mistaken belief and use it as a tool to stifle discussion. So again, fuck you.
Isosceles_Lock said @ 12:51pm GMT on 30th Jun [Score:1 WTF]
sanepride said @ 2:22pm GMT on 30th Jun
If by 'bleeding heart liberals' you mean Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney then I suppose you have a point.

Meanwhile, if you did happen to be an actual US soldier in Iraq, good for you for defending these guys who got paid many times more than you and ended up making your job more dangerous. Very charitable of you indeed.
GordonGuano said @ 4:15pm GMT on 30th Jun
"Asshole" is the strangest spelling of "cock holster" I've ever seen.
XregnaR said @ 5:13pm GMT on 30th Jun
See, I'm reading this in a sarcastic voice. Because otherwise you are a douche-whistle.

Still not gonna mod it back up, as you need to use the sarcasm font or sarcasm tags when it is not easily discernable that you aren't being a douche-whistle, just sarcastic.
buckaroo50 said @ 6:43pm GMT on 30th Jun [Score:1 Informative]
Wow, didn't know that was really a thing.
arrowhen said @ 6:58pm GMT on 30th Jun
Nah, douche-whistle was the right call.
mechanical contrivance said @ 7:08pm GMT on 30th Jun
It seems sarcastic to me.
Dumbledorito said @ 9:33pm GMT on 30th Jun
Two posts in their entire user history isn't much to go on.
arrowhen said @ 10:21pm GMT on 30th Jun
You don't remember him from the old site? He'd crawl out a few times a year, spew a couple lines of ridiculous conservative trolley, and then slink back into the shadows. I don't recall him ever actually interacting with another user, not even so much as a "Fuck you!" "No, fuck YOU!" exchange.
arrowhen said @ 5:07am GMT on 1st Jul
Fuck you, phone, "trollery" is TOO a word!
Dumbledorito said @ 5:19am GMT on 1st Jul
Is a trolley an old-timey rape train?
sanepride said @ 10:21pm GMT on 30th Jun
rabbiddawg regularly commented on the old SE. Always seemed more trollish than sarcastic to me, usually some kind of kneejerk, barely literate right-wing rant, like this one.
arrowhen said @ 10:51pm GMT on 30th Jun

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