”The private security industry boomed after 9/11, because the CIA simply didn’t have enough trained people to deploy in hostilities (and the National Guard was busy in Iraq). Before 2001, no U.S. firm specialized solely in trained ex-military operations. But after 9/11, firms such as Blackwater and Triple Canopy boomed because the war ‘created a massive market for this type of service.’
“The money to be made is immense. Blackwater took off with an initial $5.4 million six-month U.S. military contract. As of fall 2006, Blackwater was on track to train thirty-fie thousand men over the following twelve months. ‘Those with the money could also rent “fire support,” complete with private gunship, intelligence gathering, aerial surveillance, armed helicopters, armored vehicles, remote-controlled blimps, and fast-attack aircraft with JDAMs (joint direct attack munitions) or cluster bombs.,’ Perlton wrote.
“Blackwater’s business model plans increasingly to deploy its unaccountable private army in the U.S.—in the aftermath of natural disasters, and also in cases of ‘national emergency.’” (pg 76)
Chapter 4: Develop a Paramilitary Force, The End of America, by Naomi Wolf, Chelsea Green, 2007, ISBN 978-1-933392-79-0
Spiel redux: Everyone should buy 2 copies and give one away. Give one to someone you love or just think needs a wake up call. It’s been adding up over the years, I hadn’t realized, but Naomi Wolf lays it all out for us.