Bob Higgins

Blackwater: Too Much To Hope For Change

Posted in News, Politics by Bob Higgins on August 24, 2010
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Eric "The Shadow" Prince

The suspected criminals at Blackwater or Xe or Rent a Thug or whatever they call themselves these days, settled with the suspected criminals at the state department for 42 million bucks, which after their instant cash register rebate means that for 30 million bucks it’s back to business as usual.

42 million, oops make that 30 million, worth of whitewash and wrist slap.

But hey, a little creative padding in the first few contracts and they’ll be back in the red in no time.

The mere fact that we’re still doing business with these criminals makes it clear, at least to me, that the same criminals are still running the State and Defense as well as various other departments.

So much for change and hope. It was always too much to hope that this bullshit would ever change.

State Department Details Blackwater Violations of US Laws

BP Hires “Talon Security” to Block Press from Beaches, Intimidate Workers

Posted in Politics by Bob Higgins on June 15, 2010

Here you see, in embryonic form, the future of privatized “corporate law enforcement.”

I’m not faulting the reporter for his prudence but I think I would have walked past these gaily dressed rent-a-goons and forced them to physically stop me. I’d like to take that one to court.

The beach bouncers in the video are employed by Talon Security of Sacramento, California.  Talon Security is a firm headed by Donald Bacchi, billed on their site as  having retired from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department after thirty years with the rank of Sergeant. Hmm… after thirty years one might expect a loftier rank.

Bob Higgins

Blackwater, The Privatization of War And Public Enemy Number One

Posted in Politics by Bob Higgins on October 3, 2007

When we evaluate the facts, the use of private military contractors appears to have harmed, rather than helped, the counterinsurgency efforts of the U.S. mission in Iraq, going against our best doctrine and undermining critical efforts of our troops. Even worse, the government can no longer carry out one of its most basic core missions: to fight and win the nation’s wars. Instead, the massive outsourcing of military operations has created a dependency on private firms like Blackwater that has given rise to dangerous vulnerabilities.
The dark truth about Blackwater

The idea of privatization of American public and governmental functions has been at the center of the neo conservative movement and over the last decade has been presented as the cure for everything that ails us from Social Security to Medicare, prison administration to public education, law enforcement and even the waging of war.