Thursday, May 19th, 2011

'Times' Gets Blowback from Mercenaries

"Executive Outcomes was hired by several African governments during the 1990s to put down rebellions and protect oil and diamond reserves; it did not stage coup attempts."
—Ah, it's one of those annoying days on the New York Times correction page, when the paper can only report what you have down cold, which it'll never get, and so they have to face up to complaints from global mercenary outfits. Shells within shells! Executive Outcomes (such a good name!) became a child of Strategic Resource Corporation, and contracted for Sandline International, both of which helped run the Sierra Leone "civil war," and which is a sibling to Aegis Defence Services, which contracts for the Department of Defense, and which acquired Rubicon International Services Ltd, which had acquired Diplomatic Protection Ltd. These companies are most likely unrelated to, say, Military Professional Resources Inc., which subsumed Civilian Police International, before it was purchased by L-3 Communications, which was a spin-off of Lockheed-Martin. None or all of which are related to the American Iraqi Solutions Group and the other members of the Private Security Company Association of Iraq! All of these leave a tangled trail from Africa to Afghanistan to Asia, as they have been busy for decades conducting endless for-profit war operations.

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KarenUhOh (#19)

It's like putting Golan and Globus in charge of the NYSE.

jolie (#16)

How does one get into mercenary work? Is there an Evil Studies major that I've been unaware of all this time?

@jolie It's usually a study abroad option.

@jolie: My mercenary start up is called Happy Scenarios.

carpetblogger (#306)

@jolie It's not selling out, it's buying in.

Lockheed Ventura (#5,536)


Son, I have two words for you "Private Armies". It's the future.

SeanP (#4,058)

@jolie at least the American ones mostly have experience in various elite portions of the US military – SEALs and other special operators.

theheckle (#621)

@SeanP Is there a branch for Smooth Operators?

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Add to your list the private navy now being set up by the insurance company Jardine Lloyd Thompson to fight off (kill) Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. It's now in negotiations with the Marshall Islands to flag its armed patrol boats, which is a tricky matter legally. Will be called Convoy Escort Programme. I wish it great success.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

@Tulletilsynet: Too bad the name East India Company is still taken.

SeanP (#4,058)

@Tulletilsynet fascinating. I'll be interested to see how that plays out. It's a better idea than simply arming the crews of the cargo ships (which admittedly is not a very high bar to clear).

theheckle (#621)

@dntsqzthchrmn Wow. It really is still taken. What about Dutch East India Company?

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Or what about Renmin Jiefang Jun?

scrooge (#2,697)

@Tulletilsynet Or what about Yo Ho No ?

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Solutions — you know, like sodium hydroxide…

deepomega (#1,720)

You'd think with all the blood money they could afford a decent designer to make their logo.

Flashman (#418)

These guys probably read a lot of Wilbur Smith.

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