Thursday, December 15, 2011

Blast from the Past: PMCs in Iraq

Four years ago, quasi-news site Gawker filed a Freedom of Information Act request for records relating to Private Military Company (PMC) activities in Iraq. Over 4,500 pages of declassified documents were obtained that provide an inside look at Blackwater, DynCorp, and Triple Canopy operations in support of the U.S. government between 2005 and 2007. Gawker has now put all of the documents online for viewing. I'll leave it to the reader to draw his or her own conclusions on the "hearts and minds" impact the described actions had; including the potential unintended consequences for humanitarian organizations working in-country at the time.



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