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Forum Post: Does the 1% now have its own Mercenary Army ?

Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 9, 2015, 1:50 a.m. EST by Shule (2638)
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We all know about that infamous mercenary outfit once known as Blackwater. Yep, that lot of scum that Washington hired to do its dirty work in Iraq. It has since changed its name a couple times to Xe, and now again to the Academi (as if there is something noble about it. grrr.) Anyway, former owner Erik Price sold the company a while back to this private investor consortium "USTC Holdings" which is comprised of two more shell companies, err "private equity firms", Forte Capital Advisors, and Manhatten Partners back in 2011. One cannot exactly tell from info on the internet which individuals exactly own and run these equity firms, but it does not take much to surmise it must be some NYC 1%ers. Latest word though is that Monsanto recently bought the thugs. I only wonder what they're going to have them do.



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[-] 6 points by Shule (2638) 5 years ago

Sure enough Blackwater a.k.a "The Academi" is at it again; this time in the Ukraine (as if one didn't already figure that in.) German Newspaper "Das Bild" reports "about 400 elite mercenaries from the notrious US private security firm is taking part in Ukrainian military opeations against anti-government protesters." I wonder how much these thugs are getting paid to stir up trouble? I wonder who is paying them? Most probably the U.S. taxpayer. Ever wonder where your tax money is going, and why you're not getting full health care, or why you're not getting any return on the money you put in the bank? Wall Street does not even have to talk the U.S. government into making a war anymore. They just send in their mercs.

Source: http://rt.com/news/158212-academi-blackwater-ukraine-military/

[-] 5 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 5 years ago

A little more detail about the morphing of Blackwater to Academi:


[-] 4 points by Shule (2638) 5 years ago

Thanks for the posted info.

Latest I hear is that Blackwater (a.k.a. the Academi) merged into this thing called the Constellis Group, which pulled together a number of mercenary "thugs for hire" companies into one super thug corporation. Constellis was formed by the same "private equity investors" who formed the ACADEMI, together with investors of some outfit called Triple Canopy. Constellis’ Board of Directors include personnalities such as John Ashcroft who is up for complicity in war crimes.

Doesn't look like our country's leaders are doing too much about this. They cut back our real U.S.military forces, then turn around and use shortfalls in our military personnel as excuses to hire these goons. LIke our former Secretary of State, war hag Hillary, when she was in office denounces these creeps, but then turns around and hires them.

Info source:https://www.academi.com/news_room/press_releases/95

[-] 4 points by Nevada1 (5843) 5 years ago

Hi Shule, The mercenaries are paid $500 to $750 per day.


An endless number of atrocities are committed by these Blackwater guys, It all goes back to the stinking rotten government that pays Blackwater.

[-] 6 points by Shule (2638) 5 years ago

Yes, the stinking rotten government, but it's a whole lot worse than that. Blackwater (i.e. the Academi) is a private army. A stinking rotten corporation, not under anybody's control, can also have Blackwater get some stinking rotten "work" done for them. No government involvement is necessary. Say for example, some farmers in Latin America organize to protest the use of genetically modified seeds. All Monsanto now has to do is send their boys from the "Academi " down there to "take care of the problem," and then get up with their buddies in the media to keep it out of the news. Far fetched? Maybe, or maybe not. Who is to say it is not already being done? Look at what is going on in the Ukraine. Most scary of all, what is keeping them from doing it right here in the U.S.A.?

[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (5843) 5 years ago

You made some good points. Imagine what things will be like under TPP. Link below talks of Canadian mining corp with their own security force, thrashing the people of Guatemala .


[-] 4 points by Shule (2638) 5 years ago

So its already happening.

[-] 4 points by Nevada1 (5843) 5 years ago

Check this out------Employees of mining corp complicit in War Crimes.


[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (23316) 5 years ago

Bartolomé de las Casas is turning over in his grave. Seems greed supersedes anything we learn from history.

[-] 7 points by Shule (2638) 5 years ago

All them wars overseas, mercenary deployments, public and private, are about genociding/enslaving other populations. The Middle-East wars is the extention of the Monroe Doctrine across Asia. The Ukraine war is no civil war, but is New York 1% Yankee carpetbagging at its typical nasty. Image if those resources and monies spent on upheaving foreign populations were used to build a better America, what a better world we would have instead.

[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (23316) 5 years ago

Wars = Profit. We have to put people over profit and end the senseless and destructive wars in order to start building a better and constructive society.

Also, Shule, a few of us are on twitter now. My twitter thing is at @4beautifulworld.

[-] 4 points by BradB (2693) from Washington, DC 5 years ago

too true... but , if we want to start changing it ... imo.. we need to stop using the simple word .. "profit" .... see how it reads different ....

  • Wars = Profit ...


  • Wars = Monetary Profit ...

vs ...

  • Peace = Social Profit ...

it would help to get people to start .. thinking differently ... and start promoting that there are different kinds of profit....

for... most everyone thinks "profit" is good...

let's SMASH that theory ....

  • some types of profit are good for a few....

and .. some are good for everyone ... (the 99%) ...

[-] 5 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 5 years ago

"social profit" rings well

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (23316) 5 years ago

I see where you are going with this and don't disagree, but most people view profit in the traditional way, as in it being a financial gain obtained by the capitalist. The point is that when the capitalist makes financial profit his/her only goal (a natural tendency in a capitalist economic system), humanity and the environment are left to suffer. We can't have social profit until we get rid of, or control, financial profit. Peace and solidarity.

[-] 4 points by lugano (1221) 5 years ago

The 1% want us to forget the 'Social Contract' and The Natural Rights and 99% Political Power that would almost automatically flow from it. Nothing frightens politicians and The 1% more than talk and prospects of Democracy!

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (23316) 5 years ago

I just got back from a long drive. On part of my drive the roads were crystal clear, that was the part through a wealthy town, then all of a sudden, crossing into a poorer town, boom, the roads were full of snow. Unreal.

The Social Contract has broken, forgotten and become a thing of helplessness and hopelessness in America. From roads to education to healthcare to public transportation systems, you name it, inequality prevails in the USA.

[-] 5 points by Shule (2638) 5 years ago

My Mama once told me "the only real crime in the U.S.A. is to be poor."

[-] 4 points by lugano (1221) 5 years ago

The Social Contract was once well understood - especially in the America of FDR and especially after WW2, when a 'country fit for heroes' was built by all and for all (well so long as you were white).

We desperately need to find that spirit again and adapt it for our times. I do truly believe that it can be done, especially IF we https://www.popularresistance.org/ :)

[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 5 years ago

Twitter has blocked me


I may have agitated someone on twitter (who knows?)

You will need to change your behavior to continue using Twitter. Repeat violations of the Twitter Rules may result in the permanent suspension of your account.

ok, this is form letter but bite me

you think I care to thread lightly for amorphous judgement

no thanks

and I'm guess whatever lawyer wrote that line is a harry potter fan

so Voldemort

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23316) 5 years ago

I see you got back on twitter, nice.

[-] 1 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 5 years ago


now another forum is blocking me

[-] 1 points by Shule (2638) 5 years ago

Thanks, but I don't twitter.

Sounds too much like a transponder.

[-] 2 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 5 years ago


[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (5843) 5 years ago

Never ending tragedy.

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (23316) 5 years ago

History keeps repeating itself, sadly. Will humankind ever learn?

[-] 5 points by Shule (2638) 5 years ago

Yep, pretty sick pups. And it is still all going on today, in Iraq, In Afghanistan, in Syria, in Libya, in the Ukraine, in Europe, and elsewhere around the globe; and now its wholly owned and operated by the Wall Street 1%!

[-] 2 points by MattHolck0 (3867) 5 years ago

all these video executions could have been done by anyone