Blackwater is notorious. A private mercenary army, it first came to public attention in 2003 two years after it was founded after the US government contracted it to provide military support for the war in Iraq. Innumerable scandals followed. And now the Greek Government has enlisted its services for domestic duties.
The first time Blackwater came to public attention was with the killing of four of its contractors in Fallujah. The outpouring of rage at the atrocities the company was wreaking on the town which led to the killing made it apparent that substantial elements of the Iraq War had been subcontracted to a private company. The contract that Blackwater held in Iraq was worth over $1bn, and the intervention became dogged by scandal with dozens of murders by Blackwater employees hushed up, including the murder of 17 civilians in Nisour Square in Bagdad. It later emerged that senior managers of the company authorised secret payments of about $1m into Iraq intending to bribe officials to allow Blackwater to remain in Iraq despite Baghdad’s position that the company would be banned and the killers prosecuted when those and other murders came to light.
When its contract for Iraq was not renewed in 2009, it moved to Afghanistan, on a contract worth $200 million, yet still the scandals continued. In May 2009, four drunken off-duty operatives killed a civilian when they opened fire on a car; and in January 2010, two operatives were arrested by the FBI on murder charges for a further two civilian deaths. Yet this is just the tip of the iceberg. […]
[…] Rumours that the Greek government had signed a contract with the notorious mercenary outfit first started circulating online in November. Several websites claimed that the Greek government had signed a contract with Blackwater (now renamed Academi“), to provide security services which would patrol urban areas with armoured vehicles and heavy weaponry, backed up with motorcycle support, commencing operations from early 2013. These rumours were based on a US investment report which encouraged people to buy shares in private military outfits suggesting that domestic governments would start engaging their services citing Greece as an example.
Three days ago, these rumours were confirmed by Leonidas Chysanthopoulis, a Greek career diplomat who has worked closely with the EU. Previously the Greek Ambassador to Armenia, Poland and Canada. until earlier this year he served as Secretary General of the Secretary General of the Black Sea Economic Corporation Organization (BSEC). In an interview with a Canadian journalist he stated..
“The Greek government recently made an agreement with the successor company of Blackwater to hire mercenaries for the protection of Parliament.” […]
The two were arrested on 5th of February in Chaidari, Attiki. It’s now likely that within the Greek police there are pro- and anti- Golden Dawn sections (the former colluding with those carrying out or plotting attacks; the latter investigating and making the arrests). Details below, plus several reports on police arrested for crimes against immigrants…[…]
The arrests provide further evidence of a ‘strategy of tension’ campaign (note: strategy of tension involves attacks on civilian targets to create mayhem as a prelude to martial law). Yesterday we outlined what was happening, based partly on a statement by a Greek ambassador and partly on news reports in the Greek press. An earlier report provided details of a suspected plot by Golden Dawn members and police to create mayhem via a massacre.
It’s vital the world remains aware of the danger Greece is in and the part played by Golden Dawn, together with sections of the police, in attempting to engineer a military takeover, whether via coup or by stealth (e.g. martial law, sanctioned by the Government). The people of Greece want only the freedom to govern themselves and to step back from the poverty that’s been forced upon them by the bankers within Greece and Europe generally if not globally.
So everything fits in.
But it’s not only Iraq or Greece.
Mercenaries used by Bush, now fighting Obama’s secret wars
Blackwater’s founder Erik Prince contradicted this statement in an interview, telling Vanity Fair that Blackwater works with US Special Forces in identifying targets and planning missions, citing an operation in Syria. The magazine also published a photo of a Blackwater base near the Afghanistan–Pakistan border.
Jeremy Scahill’s military intelligence source said that the previously unreported program is distinct from the CIA assassination program, which the agency’s director, Leon Panetta, announced he had canceled in June 2009. “This is a parallel operation to the CIA,” said the source. “They are two separate beasts.” The program puts Blackwater at the epicenter of a US military operation within the borders of a nation against which the US has not declared war—knowledge that could further strain the already tense relations between the US and Pakistan. In 2006, the two countries struck a deal that authorized JSOC to enter Pakistan to hunt Osama bin Laden with the understanding that Pakistan would deny it had given permission. Officially, the US is not supposed to have any active military operations in that country.
During an interview with a Pakistani TV network on 20 September 2009, General Mirza Aslam Beg (ret.) accused the United States of assassinating Pakistani prime minister Benzair Bhutto and former Lebanese prime minister, Rafik Hariri. He specified that the assassinations had been carried out by the U.S. private security company Blackwater, now known as Xe.
General Beg was chief of army staff from 1988 to 1991. He served under President Ghulam Ishaq Khan and during prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s first administration.
In Abu Dhabi, Erick Prince, without appearing in person but through the joint-venture Reflex Responses, signed a first contract of $529 million (the deal was signed on July 13, 2010, according to The New York Times) .
In several countries including South Africa and Colombia, they started recruiting mercenaries to form an initial battalion of 800 men. They are trained in the UAE by U.S., British, French and German military professionals, with a background in special forces and the secret services. The trainers are paid 200-300 thousand dollars a year, while the recruits receive about $150 a day.
Once the efficiency of the battalion has been tested in a “real action” scenario, Abu Dhabi will fund with billions of dollars a whole brigade of several thousand mercenaries. It is expected to set up a large training camp in the UAE, similar to that operating in the United States.
The main supporter of the project is the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who was trained in the British military academy Sandhurst.
Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed is a trusted Pentagon associate. He also supports military intervention directed against Iran. The crown prince and his friend Erick Prince, however, are the executors of the project, which was decided in Washington. Its purpose was revealed in documents quoted by The New York Times:
“[the secret army trained in the UAE will conduct] special operations missions to put down internal revolts, like those sweeping the Arab world this year“.
The secret army of mercenaries will therefore be used to suppress the people’s struggles in the Gulf countries, with interventions similar to those last March in Bahrain involving troops from the Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. These troops brutally crushed the people’s demands for democracy.
“Special operations missions” will also be conducted by the secret army in countries such as Egypt and Tunisia, to break people’s movements and to ensure that power remains in the hands of governments which support the interests of the United States and major European powers.
The secret army is also slated to be sent to Libya, where the U.S. and NATO have envisaged sending in both European as well as troops from the Arab World, theoretically to “provide humanitarian aid to civilians“.
Whatever the scenario will be – either a “balkanized” Libya divided into two territories under the control of Tripoli and Benghazi, or a situation of similar to Iraq or Afghanistan, geared towards overthrowing the Libyan government – the US NATO military alliance is planning to use the secret army of mercenaries. The underlying objectives are to:
1) protect the oil facilities in the hands of American and European oil companies,
2) eliminate their opponents, and
3) keep the country weak and divided.
And a touch of religion ,the bottom line remains the same.Even if Greece is the black sheep of the EU,sending in a bunch of murderers is like putting out the fire with gasoline (quoting David Bowie).I understand I live in a protectorate but I don’t know who is the “patrón”