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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

SUPPORT THE TROOPS - STOP BLACKWATER #2


Back in the 1930's tough, machine gun-toting gangsters terrorized American citie
s and grew rich by extorting protection fees from their cornered victims. Since then, the protection racket has evolved into a game played by elected officials in positions of power and their corporate allies. No longer are the dons and the thugs from our neighborhoods. Today's protection rackets are run by the capos who were elected to the White House and their gangster appointees.

While thousands of desperate, terrified people languished in New Orlean
s after the hurricane and thousands of our troops fought for their lives in Iraq without kevlar vests in armored vehicles that offered little protection, Eric Prince, the CEO of Blackwater USA, danced the "Katrina Hustle" in D.C. with the powers that be to the tune of $73,000,000.

Despite the fact that the so-called insurrection of armed criminals was proven almost immediately to have been exaggerated way out of proportion by panicked officials and a frenzied press, Blackwater mercenaries, equipped for combat, were quickly deployed to "Baghdad on the Bayou". There they protected Katrina's victims who were in need of food, water, and shelter by brandishing loaded weapons in their faces.

Blackwater mercenaries fed no one, did not provide comfort or medical services, located no lost relatives, cleared no debris, moved no trailers, and built no houses. They occupied the stricken city for months at a cost to the taxpayers of $243,000 per day. What did the hired gun thugs do to earn such an extraordinary daily sum? They menaced.

There are 200,000 homeless veterans living on the streets of America on any one night and 500,000 veterans without needed care or shelter during the course of a year. Our vets are being ignored by the Bush administration, who instead, magnify or manufacture threats, and hype fear to justify the diversion of millions of dollars to private corporate armies like Blackwater.

Buoyed by his successful scam during the New Orleans disaster, Blackwater's head crusader Eric Prince, has decided to increase his harvest of our tax dollars by diversifying into the natural disaster business. The disaster protection racket will serve as a stop
gap for loss of income should the war in Iraq end and the anti-war, peace movement succeed in stopping Cheney, and John McCain for that matter, from bombing Iran. Prince has applied for disaster operating licenses in all of the coastal states in the country and is trolling for millions in no-bid government contracts.

Floods? Earthquakes? Fires? Tornados? Tsunamis? Hurricanes? We will be paying millions of dollars for Blackwater and their guns to be first responders, who much like the Americans after rescuing Iraq, will overstay their welcome on the taxpayer's tab. If disaster were to strike your area, imagine months of Blackwater thugs swaggering around your town and the Bush making you pay for it? Talk about a protection racket! Commandant Prince may even launch his spy blimp to keep an eye on you and yours while you try to rebuild your lives. I wonder how much we paid for his toy airship?


Meanwhile, troops who have suffered the devastation of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) while serving in Iraq, are being deliberately misdiagnosed as having "personality disorders" and then stealthily hustled out of the military under Chapter 5-13's. They are said be suffering from pre-existing conditions and therefore denied the care and benefits their war injuries warrant. Wow, seriously injured legitimate service members denied the care due them while Bush and Cheney pay to build private armies whose loyalty can be bought.

Corporatists Donald Rumsfeld and Richard B. Cheney have long propagandized government outsourcing and the privatization of the military as money saving progr
ams. The opposite is true. This scheme is designed to deposit obscene amounts of regular people's money directly into the pockets of the corporate power structure while bypassing oversight of any kind. Private militias like Blackwater that are run by corporate warlords answer to the dollar; not the American people. We must stop these corporate killers from sapping the funds needed by our legitimate troops in Iraq and the thousands of injured and disabled veterans.

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is ravaging the sold
iers still serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and is rampant in our veteran population. Mental health treatment for the thousands of soldiers and veterans racked with PTSD is sporadic, uneven, and woefully inadequate. Approximately 5,000 neglected heroes per year among all living vets are driven to suicide by this insidious, devastating malady. While night terrors haunt their dreams many American veterans with PTSD suffer their nightmares on our streets at night. Americans cannot afford Blackwater.

We all pay our taxes. The money was and is available to take care of our troops but this administration has chosen instead to grow its own private mercenary arm
y and supply it with the best, state-of-the-art equipment. We know money was wasted on Blackwater during the aftermath of Katrina. How much tax money are we throwing away on Blackwater's shadowy operations overseas? Below is an aerial photo of the Blackwater's military base in Moyock, North Carolina. Did my tax dollars pay for this... ?


And this...?

SUPPORT THE TROOPS - STOP BLACKWATER
Americans do not need or want the protection of an expensive, illegitimate, private army of mercenaries whose loyalties are questionable. We cannot afford to squander our money, our democracy, or our freedom.

...Kitchen Window Woman...
Resident Scholar, American Patriot Institute

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29 Comments:

Anonymous Tom said...

Lady, I respect your right to state the most hateful, vitriolic opinions you can dream up about these guys. But when you start making up facts, it's not opinion, or even rhetoric. It's called lying. And it's in the same bin the with sort of conduct you're claiming to dislike.

The 'they did nothing' "in the face of" those "in need of food, water, and shelter" willfully ignores the truth---Blackwater rescued 125 people with donated helo flight hours and they delivered tons of critically needed food and supplies in those first few hours when both the local and federal efforts were failing miserably.

However horrible the Administration and FEMA management handling of relief in the months afterward, the fact is the Federal Protective Service didn't have enough bodies to provide security at the many federal facilities and aid locations in the region, and the regular old workers at those locations were damn glad to have private security guys (most of whom were law enforcement on leave from elsewhere in the country) on hand.

So, you know, you're going to find a reason to call them facists, racists, religious nuts, mercenaries, and every other ugly, polarized label you can come up with. Good on yah. Just don't try to pass off myth, urban legend, and wishful thinking as fact--it demeans those on all sides of the issue who believe thoughtful public policy discussion based on reality is vital to the country.

4:56 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

(A different Tom). Keep up these informative posts. We need to know about these modern-day Al Capones and the fact that they'll be playing a much larger role in our lives (and using our money).

This is serious and we need to deal with it.

Who Hijacked Our Country

5:36 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

tom needs to gaze the facts at BLACKWATER before he start saying folks are lying.

5:20 AM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

I forgot to leave my comment... sorry about jumping in on your comment section.

From what I understand Blackwater is planning to build The prototype Polar 400 Airship that they plan to begin selling or leasing to Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security and other government customers.

6:26 AM  
Blogger FunkyTown Fighter said...

Keep up the good work! When people get mad it's for a reason so if Tom has a problem it's probably because the TRUTH hurts!

1:25 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Tom...
Today George W. Bush cut a 3 1/2% pay raise for the soldiers who serve in our legitimate military. I guess their families will just have to keep on using food stamps.

Katrina left hundreds of thousands of people stranded, hurt, and in need of supplies for over a week, but we are supposed to be impressed because Blackwater claims to have rescued 125 people? And for this they charged us $73,000,000?

All across this country people sent money from their paychecks to help Katrina's victims. Many took time off of work without pay, paid for plane, or bus tickets, and went to the Gulf states to rescue, treat, feed, comfort, and later on to clear debris by hand. Others sent boxes of supplies like pampers, Kotex, underwear, socks, aspirin and so on. My husband, family, and I sent funds and boxes of supplies as we could afford to.

Blackwater donated a helicopter and a few hours of service, did an immediate press release to herald their own generosity, and then opportunistically conned no-bid contracts for millions out of Bush and Co.

Blackwater mercenaries did not volunteer to work for free and Eric Prince in response to this disaster, paid his contractors approx. $300 per day each and then charged the American people triple the amount per contractor per day plus equipment fees.

I cook from scratch and have run a family for over 30 years. I KNOW how to get my money's worth and so do most hardworking taxpayers. Blackwater's protection scam falls into the Buyer Beware -EXTREME RIPOFF category!

You never responded to the plight of our troops and veterans.

Let's fire Blackwater along with Bush and spend our money instead to give our troops and veterans the best care for as long as they need it. Let's restore our National Guard and its equipment. Let's give our legitimate troops and their families that 3 1/2% raise and let's make it a priority to feed the 12,000,000 American children who go to bed hungry every night. And don't forget our needy senior citizens. Americans can't afford Blackwater.

6:19 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Tom Harper...
a different Tom and my fellow blogger - This is a very serious issue. It is unacceptable and dangerous to allow private armies of any kind in a free country. And our money being is being wasted in unimaginable amounts to pay for professional intimidators who are addicted to their weapons.

I will be writing more. I hope everybody else will, too.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Let's Talk...
My husband and I used the blimp link you put in your comment. Unbelievable! So they are going to SELL or LEASE stealth blimps loaded with surveillance equipment to the Department of Defense and Homeland Security - to spy on whom? At what cost?

Blackwater's Dream Team has been hard at work - dreaming up scheme after scheme to get their dirty war profiteering hands on our money. All transactions with this company and others like it should be made public. There are many more productive and necessary uses for our money.

Funkytown Fighter...
The American people need to be made aware of the truth about Blackwater and other private mercenary armies - the future of democracy is at stake.

9:52 AM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Kitchen Window Woman, I read this story three times now and for the life of me I cannot figure out why our MSM has not picked up on this.

Where are they?

Will this just be another thing that America knows nothing about until it's to late?

10:17 AM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

Scum like Tom also insist that Halliburton is right to move their HQ because the big bad wibwuls pick on them. People this blind/stupid are beneath contempt.

Hitler had his Brownshirts, Mussolini had his Blackshirts. Chimpy is doing nothing we shouldn't expect any Fascist to do.

7:55 PM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Kitchen Window Woman--
Excellent post!!! (hateful, vitriolic opinions? I think not...)

Would you be willing to let us cross-post this at The Peace Train this week? (http://thepeacetrain.org)

8:09 PM  
Anonymous nick said...

I just found your blog and want to respond to Tom about the “donated helo flight hours”. The reason Blackwater “donated” their time is because they could not bill it. I am a helicopter pilot, and flew in Mississippi & Louisiana during the Katrina relief, so I have some personal knowledge on this topic. The FEMA contract that we were flying on requires the operator to meet a number of criteria, including aircraft airworthiness inspections, Federal Aviation Administration certificates and compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. Blackwater did not at that time have a FAA certificate allowing them to perform commercial operations, and they violated a number of FAR’s during their time at Katrina.

It seems to me that Erik Prince and the entire Blackwater organization have the attitude that they can do anything they want. They seem to think they can buy or bully anyone who gets in their way. Unfortunately, it seems to be working

8:04 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Let's Talk...
The media has been falling down on the job since they looked the other way when Bush and Cheney lied us into Iraq and trillions of dollars of debt. The majority of today's journalists are media star wanna bes who shamelessly jettison the truth in favor of front row seats in the White House briefing room or a nod and wink from King George. They are puppies who lap up attention from their masters.

I would love to see them exhibit some courage by asking hard questions and doing some investigative work. Alas, it seems Edward R. Murrow has been left in the dust - stardust.

Jollyroger...
Blackshirts, Brownshirts, and now Blackwater! Both of G.B. Bush's grandfathers did business with the fascists prior to and during WWII. There was even a plan to overthrow FDR and establish a fascist government in the US. It was backed bankers and Wall Streeters like J.P. Morgan. Mussolini's system of corporatism was much admired by such men.

The real fight for "Our Freedom" is right here in America - not in Iraq!

10:50 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Bluegrrrrl...
Thanks. Yes, I would be willing to cross-post at The Peace Train. I will need a tutorial as I have never cross-posted before and don't have a clue as to the how-tos. Let me know what to do. I am not technically blessed.

Nick...
Thank you for your comment. You have shined more light on this dark company. They must be exposed to the light of day as Blackwater and other shady contractor corporations are a danger to American democracy.

Thank you for flying in Mississippi and Louisiana after Katrina. I'll bet people were real glad to see you. The flying had to be difficult. We watched on TV as you pilots managed to get to people in all sorts terrible circumstances. Bravo!

Erik Prince is an opportunist who will use any situation to expand his empire and increase his profits - just like he did with Blackwater and Katrina.

11:05 AM  
Blogger Blue2 said...

Thanks, KWW!
You don't need to do a thing...we will just copy what you have and post it to our site. We will probably run it on Wednesday as the front page article, if you want to check it out then!

Keep up the awesome blogging on this topic! Once I get my grading finished and thereby get my brain back I will be back on the job!!!

11:23 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

blue2...
I am honored and also glad because we really have to keep the Blackwater and privatization issues in the public eye. They (Blackwater and other mercenary armies)have gotten as far as they have by stealth. Like vampires they will be destroyed by the light of day.

The next post I do will be about Memorial Day. Then my husband and I are going to help with Arlington West in Oceanside on Memorial Day (I may blog about the Arlington)

I have an idea and notes for Stop Blackwater #3 but I won't get it done until sometime during the week after Memorial Day. I am a slow writer. Good luck with your end of the year grading.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear KWW,

You asked the question on whether your tax dollars is paying for this racket, and the answer is "absolutely", but I suspect that was a rhetorical question on your part.

The "War on Terror" is a big hoax created by the military industrial complex and the corporate interests behind them. 9/11 was an inside job, Katrina was forced gentrification, and the war on Iraq and Afghanistan is a war profiteer's wet dream.

You can find the same creeps and criminals that behind this "War on Terror" BS as were in the Nixon, Reagan, Bush Sr. administration - Henry Kissenger, James A. Baker, Richard Armitage, John Negroponte, Richard Pearl, David Frum, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, et. al.

Unfortunately, I believe we are being set up for martial law in this country. On May 9 the White House issued National Security Directive 51 which gives Bush the sole responsibility for continuing our "constitutional government" in the event of a emergency. (See http://progressive.org/mag_wx051807). This from the guy who called the consitution just a "goddamn piece of paper" and who gave us 9/11, Katrina and the war.

The Military Commissions Act of 2006 will give Bush the power to arrest anyone anytime for any reason and dissapear them, and the with the John Warner Defense Appropriation Act we will now find posse comitatus destroyed.

With the help of Blackwater, Aegis, Dyncorp, Flour and other mercenary companies this is how martial law will come to America. Oh, and expect to be werehoused in Halliburton, Wackenhut prisons.

People better wake the hell up soon if we are going to stop this. I know I am doing my part, but I don't know if it is going to be enough. We need a lot more people out there spreading the word, fast.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous earl said...

Thanks. Yes, I would be willing to cross-post at The Peace Train. I will need a tutorial as I have never cross-posted before and don't have a clue as to the how-tos. Let me know what to do. I am not technically blessed.

Thanks for giving us permission to cross-post on Peace Train. I lifted the post from your blog and dropped it into our blog. You didn't have to do anything. I found a couple of interesting pictures, you didn't have that I think enhance your article. Drop by and see what we've done. Thanks again for your generous permission.

9:52 PM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

I'd like to echo Earl's thanks again, KWW!

Drop by The Peace Train, and if you like what you see, join us!

I am planning to go to Arlington on Monday too, so I'll look for you!

4:05 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Hi Anonymous...
Thanks for your input. I agree with you. I too, think that we are being set up in this country. I think we are being marched toward a fascist police state. The same people who have been trying to create "a new world order" since before WWI are behind the current destruction of American democracy.

Like you, many of us are doing our parts as American citizens to stop the corporate - banker elitists from imposing totalitarianism on us all. I am glad you are out there doing your best to wake people up!

1:43 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Earl said...
The additional photos look great! Thanks a lot. I am more than glad to have this one cross-posted because it is so important to stop the development of private militias in the United States.

Bluegirrrrl...
Thanks again for asking me to cross-post. I did stop by at The Peace Train and it looks great!

I tried yesterday and today to join but it won't let me I used Kitchen Window Woman as my nickname and it comes up "illegal name" then I tried KWW and it came up "illegal name" again, Help! These are the nicknames that I write under.

My husband and I booked a room in North County for Arlington on Memorial Day as it will be too late to drive home to East Co. after we help with the take down. We will be there sometime during the day and for the reading of the names. Looking forward to meeting you! I will be wearing a black Veterans for Peace tee shirt.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Bluegirrrrl...
I tried again at The Peace Train and finally it accepted KWW as my nickname so I am awaiting the approval e-mail. All is well.

2:28 PM  
Blogger Anon-Paranoid said...

kww...

The anonymous poster was correct. This executive order is just another legal issue that Der Fuehrer Bush will use to take over our country.

I tell people this all the time and they say "your nuts". Like the people of Germany they didn't believe that Hitler was evil until it was too late.

And now he's moved two more carrier groups into the Persian Gulf. He's getting ready to start World War lll with Iran and no one is willing or able too stop him.

God have mercy on us all as we surly need mercy from the Lord now.

God Bless all.

4:10 PM  
Blogger redpill8 said...

Morning KWW,

You've inspired me to start my own blog as we need all the avenues that we can use today to spread the word. (since, every single letter I sent to the SF Chronicle seems to get rejected, blogging seems to be the only obvious thing to do :). Keep up your great work.

I am your "anonymous" poster

Please check out my blog at:

http://redpill8.blogspot.com

8:45 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

KWW--sorry you had trouble with your PT nickname! I saw that you're our latest member, so I'm glad all worked out!

I will look for you on Monday! will probably be there earlier...
hmm...you live in east county too...

6:40 AM  
Blogger Kitchen Window Woman said...

Anon-paranoid...
It's a scary situation so we just have to keep trying to wake people up!

Redpill8...
The SF Chronicle should have published your letters! Congrats on you blog! We need all the bloggers and other types of activists we can get to do their parts.

I started blogging in January of '05 because I am a mom and a grandmother and wanted to do something to stop the advancement of the neoconservative agenda. Look at the incredible damage that Bush and Cheney have visited upon our country.

Bluegrrrrl...
We'll be there sometime Monday during the day and stay into the evening. East Co. you too? We live in the canyon that burned but our house survived.

5:43 PM  
Blogger deuddersun said...

Dam...mercenary armies here...

This is pretty scary stuff, KWW, especially since so few Americans are aware of what's happening.

Where is our America?

d.

7:40 AM  
Blogger redpill8 said...

Here's an interesting blog that has lots of good information about the Blackwater facility on Potrero.

It also mentions that the Blackwater permit has been granted.

http://subtopia.blogspot.com/2007/04/tracking-blackwater-in-portrero.html

10:13 AM  
Blogger redpill8 said...

Here's a petition to sign and forward to people to keep Blackwater out of California. Even if there permit got granted maybe with enough grassroots action on our parts we can get Potrero to pull out of the deal.

http://couragecampaign.org/page/petition/Blackwater

10:25 AM  

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