No matter what they want to call themselves, Blackwater and others of their ilk are mercenaries. So sayeth the United Nations working group on the use of mercenaries.
[…] The United States’ reliance on private contractors has fuelled a growing demand for former police and military personnel in developing countries to be recruited as “security guards” who in fact serve as private armed soldiers, it said.
These forces enjoy de facto impunity under national laws that grant immunity to private military and private security company personnel, according to the U.N. working group on the use of mercenaries. Its report will be presented to the General Assembly on Wednesday. […]
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