Blackwater: Pulp Non-Fiction

Exploding bullets, serial murders, a plot to wipe out Muslims. What does it say about Blackwater today when the weirdest part isn't that Mary Kay Letournau is a sister of one of the mercenary corporation's top executives? (And that her south King County home is just a few miles from that of a former Blackwater guard accused of drunkenly gunning down a security officer outside the Iraqi vice-president's home?)

Who's writing this stuff, Quentin Tarantino? Actually, it's author Jeremy Scahill, reporting in The Nation. Two former Blackwater employees have filed sworn federal court statements alleging Blackwater (now Xe) owner Erik Prince may have murdered federal witnesses, sees himself as "a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe," and made a profit smuggling illegal weapons into Iraq.

Among the weapons were hand grenades and sawed off semi-automatic machine guns with silencers, stuffed inside bags of dog food. "Mr. Prince's employees repeatedly used this illegal weaponry in Iraq, unnecessarily killing scores of innocent Iraqis," one of the ex-workers claims, employing "ammunition designed to explode after penetrating within the human body." As Congressman Dennis Kucinich told Scahill, "Blackwater is a law unto itself..." The Inglourious Basterds.

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