Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Pentagon Transfers War on Drugs to Private Mercenaries Including Blackwater

Blackwater wins contracts to fight war on drugs
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Eric Blair
Activist Post

Since the drug war has become so unpopular with the electorate, instead of politicians actually changing the drug laws, the Department of Defense seeks to reduce and conceal the real costs by transferring the "dirty work" to private contractors to do what "U.S. military forces are not allowed or not encouraged to do."

The BBC (in Spanish) is reporting that the U.S. Department of Defense is delegating the war on drugs to private mercenary companies. Of those companies, the increasingly infamous organization previously known as Blackwater is said to have received several multimillion-dollar government contracts for "providing advice, training and conducting operations in drug producing countries and those with links to so-called "narco-terrorism" including Latin America."

The "no bid" contracts, issued under the Counter-Narcoterrorism Technology Program Office's $15 billion dollar budget, are described as "non-specific" and are said to be "juicy" for the private contractors. The Pentagon says "the details of each cost in very general contracts do not go through bidding processes."

An unnamed analyst says "the responsibility of the public and national security changing from a state's duty to be a private business...has become the trend of the future."

Although parts of the drug war have been privatized for years, the BBC reports this "transfer" of responsibilities is an attempt to placate those looking for Pentagon budget cuts in an election year.

According to Larry Birns, director of the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA), "the drug war is unpopular and has no political weight except in an election year like this, so the Department of Defense wants to remove that spending from their accounts."

"They surreptitiously want to reduce anti-drug budget by transferring it to private agencies," said Birns.

Bruce Bagley, head of International Studies at the University of Miami, agrees with Birns that the main reason for privatizing the drug war is to sidestep "the high political cost."

But this move is not without risk, as private mercenaries have known to operate outside of national and international laws.  "Here we go into a vague area where the rules of engagement are not clear and there is almost zero accountability to the public or the electorate," said Bagley.

The Pentagon maintains that it's perfectly legal, and mercenaries must follow strict parameters. However, Bagley points out that "few members of the Oversight Committees of the Senate and the House are aware, but they are required to keep secret, so all this flies under the radar."

There are concerns that contractors acting independently will threaten the sovereignty of the "key countries" in which they will operate.  The Pentagon says the largest efforts will occur in Latin America including Mexico, Central America, Caribbean, Colombia and other Andean countries.

Professor Bagley says these private armies could "generate a nationalist backlash if the public came to realize the situation" of operations in their countries.

Once again, the war on drugs creates the opportunity to place troops in countries where having American soldiers would be politically disadvantageous, or simply impossible.

Ultimately, the Pentagon claims they will save money because private contractors don't have the bureaucracy and hierarchy involved in operations and because "if any of its employees dies, they are responsible."

Apparently, humanity is the last concern for the Pentagon budget, which always seems to have plenty of money for advanced weapons systems (also privatized), but is consistently lacking in benefits for its veterans.  By privatizing the drug war, they no longer have to concern themselves with paying for benefits for warriors who pledge allegiance to the United States and take an oath to defend its Constitution.

As the war on drugs is increasingly viewed as a money-draining failure, it's unlikely that this move to privatize it will succeed in anything but creating demand for more government allocated profit, thus fueling its continuance through corporate lobbying to prevent a political end to such lunacy.

Quotes are translated from Google translator, and Eric Blair speaks adequate Spanish as a second language.


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Anonymous said...

Wow, we all knew Blackwater (now Akademi) was involved in privatized operations that the CIA took care of 30 years ago, and soon they will be involved in moving narcotics, if they already aren't. Just like the CIA 40 years ago.

Anonymous said...

Privatization of the military under Reagan was justified as a money saver, but turned in into a profit machine. The next step was to internationalize it. Now taxes and debt pay for a war machine that not only needs ever-increasing profits, but is not even national or loyal in the way that, theoretically, traditional military was.

Privatizing the drug war, like privatizing the TSA, amounts to using public money to fund a foreign takeover. Privatization is a euphemism. It doesn't make government more efficient. It makes its profitability something "easily moved." Profits fund kickbacks, aka as campaign contributions, and kickbacks fund more profits, and every cycle increases the corruption.

Anonymous said...

Don't use drugs; you are just funding the government!

Anonymous said...

Another reason to use the Blackwater types is because the military can't be trusted to keep their mouth shut. The private firms will guard the poppy fields and make sure their "goods" are delivered w/o delay or question.

stevor said...

So, the FBI is fighting the CIA that HARVESTS the drugs in Afghanistan?
Geez, that's a good joke, as good as O'Bummer being "transparent"!

WhenInjusticeTakesHold said...

All the so-called "experts" are wrong. Private armies are not permitted in the Constitution. It is all based on fraud that is getting the foot in the door of hired killers (mercs) to control the American population. They hold no loyalty except to getting their paychecks, and any official that allows such actions commit treason and condone the use of domestic terrorism, while contributing mightily to a terrorist organization.

Anonymous said...

And just what "rights" to fire on people have been passed on as well?

KenBrodeur said...

Let me get this straight. The Fed creates money out of nothing, funds illegal drug production and distribution and the merc armies to stop it and all the while claiming 'secrecy' in their 'black budget' or 'off the books' accounting.
When will we end this madness? END THE FED!!!

Malcolm said...

The war on drugs is a tale of a once great and free nation which - having fallen down a rat hole into a fantasy world riddled with peculiar and dystopian logic - tore up it's own constitution.


This is just another transfer of wealth, and govn`t taking care of its` lobbyist buddies

This country needs to wake up and smell the impending bloodbath as we loose more and more rights.(they`re are actually no more "rights"
just priveledges earned for behaving ourselves)!!!

Anonymous said...

The CIA/ goverment wants all of the drug profits and eleminate the comprtors

Anonymous said...

I agree with anon. I read this the same way. The CIA will not be interrupted from poppy production in Afghanistan, and the competition will be wiped out. Guess who will fill their role and then manipulate the price of street drugs in their favor?

I am also bothered that taxpayer money is funding organizations who are not accountable for their actions and therefore are lawless. Why would any population unleash this type of chaos on itself? Oh, that's right to make the rich even richer. I forgot.

Drago said...

And I suppose they intend to pay them with drug money, right?

Anonymous said...

Drug lord are powerful, ruthless, and nasty. they don't have to follow any rules. They are diffcult to dealt with, they kill policeman, jounralist, and other people in South America. Whom ever tries to stop them kill'n their live. And there people are scare and had enough. It effect here in United State. I don't know I guess send the Punisher sort out the nasty people don't belong on this planet. It come with the price....

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