Control Of Private Security Contractors In Combat Zones

Jeremy Scahill’s book brought the spotlight on the enormous role private security forces such as Blackwater play in modern war zones.

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Of particular concern is the control of these units which are not subject to military sanctions and engage in unlawful conduct. James Risen at the New York Times reports:
Private security guards who worked for Blackwater repeatedly shot wildly into the streets of Baghdad without regard for civilians long before they were involved in a 2007 shooting episode that left at least 14 Iraqis dead, federal prosecutors charge in a new court document.

In my view these private forces should be put under military command and subject to military code of conduct. Especially since such forces will assume an increased role not only in Iraq but also in Afghanistan.

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