Bruce Falconer, Washington correspondent for Mother Jones magazine, discusses Eric Prince’s Blackwater mercenary force, the history of the company, their ties to the GOP, their work for the State Department in Iraq, the important role played by the Blackwater subsidiary Greystone in recruiting from third world countries, their vast capabilities, including helicopters, airlines, troop ships, intelligence agencies, the military’s increasing dependence on them, their move into the African “market” and the legal loopholes that provide them de facto immunity from the law.
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Bruce Falconer is a reporter in Mother Jones‘ Washington bureau, where much of his work has focused on military contracting and the Iraq War. Originally from Chicago, he has also worked as a grocer, a cashier, a parking lot attendant, a middle school janitor, and an editor at the Atlantic Monthly.