A congressional report found Blackwater personnel were involved in almost 200 shootings in Iraq between 2005 and 2007. In addition to having been accused of shooting many Iraqi civilians while in Iraq, the company earned more than $1 billion.
Our state of affairs goes against a pinnacle of American justice, equality before law, facilitating everything from war crimes, to torture, to domestic spying, to a predatory, ravenous Wall Street that feeds on the middle class with impunity.
It was like a meaningless coda, as the war contractors at Blackwater USA changed its name again, two weeks after delivering Katy Helvenston-Wettengel another insult. She has been fighting for justice and accountability for the death of her son, a Blackwater employee.
In this broader context of the U.S. willingness to provide arms for Gulf allies, direct contracts between the defense industry and the U.A.E. appear to be a win-win situation for everyone -- except the critics of the U.A.E. regime.