â€The private security industry boomed after 9/11, because the CIA simply didnâ€™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 â€˜created a massive market for this type of service.â€™
â€œThe 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. â€˜Those with the money could also rent â€œfire support,â€ 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.,â€™ Perlton wrote.
â€œBlackwaterâ€™s business model plans increasingly to deploy its unaccountable private army in the U.S.â€”in the aftermath of natural disasters, and also in cases of â€˜national emergency.â€™â€ (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.