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FRED
05-14-07, 12:35 AM
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World Traveler
05-14-07, 01:13 AM
Thanks for posting this, hopefully a lot of people will watch it. Most Americans probably have no idea on the extent that mercenaries are used in Iraq, because the US media rarely touches this topic. As General Smedley Butler said in his 1930's book, "War is a Racket". His solution was to make war a break-even venture for war contracters, with no profits.

War and incarcerating citizens are 2 functions that should be solely managed by the government. Just as war contracters have a profit incentive to exploit and even encourage conflict, so privitized prison corporations have a profit incentive to encourage incarceration. Subtley, of course, by backing harsher sentences and more criminalized behavior, by indirectly influencing state and federal legislators. Catherine Austin Fitts wrote a great expose on her experieces as a Wall Street investment banker in the '80's, during the initial prison privitization wave. "Dillon, Read, & Co and the Aristocracy of Prison Profits". http://www.dunwalke.com/

bill
05-14-07, 11:34 AM
Private Contractors, Public Private Partnerships (ppp), Private Finance Initiative (PFI), Private Co. in Public Services, Private Equity, Privatizing public ownership, Private studies, Private Disclosures, Private Public Hearings, Private Public contracts, Public Co. go Private, Private Health Care, Privatizing S.S., Hedge Funds and Derivatives are untraceable automatic Private, Private Statistics, Private internal documentation, Private Budgets, Private Bids, Private gift, Private contributions, Private in the name of Security, Private, Private, Private.

What’s my take on private? I cannot say it’s private.

ennui6
05-14-07, 02:42 PM
Apparantly not.

DemonD
05-18-07, 03:47 PM
This, to me, is an indictment almost more of the mainstream media more than anything. As much as the current administration is the worst in US history, the media has absolutely let down the country and the world by being entertainers and not journalists.