Friday, August 21, 2009

squeezing national defense into profit margins is probably not a good idea

The carousel keeps spinning. From James Risen and Mark Mazzetti in the New York Times:

From a secret division at its North Carolina headquarters, the company formerly known as Blackwater has assumed a role in Washington’s most important counterterrorism program: the use of remotely piloted drones to kill Al Qaeda’s leaders, according to government officials and current and former employees.

The division’s operations are carried out at hidden bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where the company’s contractors assemble and load Hellfire missiles and 500-pound laser-guided bombs on remotely piloted Predator aircraft, work previously performed by employees of the Central Intelligence Agency. They also provide security at the covert bases, the officials said.

We already outsource education, imprisonment, and assassination. How long before we privatize law enforcement? More than we already have, I mean.

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