Blackwater in Hot Water

Articles abound today about the shootings of civilians in Iraq by Blackwater contractors. An AP article even states that Blackwater “loses license after eight civilians killed in firefight”.

This is not the first time that civilians have been killed by foreign contractors in Iraq but what makes this so newsworthy are the sheer numbers. Reports coming out of Iraq this morning state that eight civilians were killed and as many as thirteen were wounded.

It is hardly likely that Blackwater will be “kicked out” of Iraq. Quite frankly, they are too big. They are a private army and as such, are more than likely, indespensible. I think it more likely that an investigation will be held to determine what actually happened. Then a number of indivduals will be found to have acted improperly and they will be terminated and sent back home. This should appease the Iraqi Government and they can be seen to save face by having “kicked out” those responsible.

But it brings me back to my prediction on the future of Personal Protection and those returning from places like Afghanistan and Iraq, coming back to the States seeking employment. These guys will have to undergo extensive Executive Protection training before they will be able to “fit in” with the Corporate scene here at home. It is unreasonable to expect that a bodyguard operating in Baghdad for the past couple of years is going to be able to blend in at a corporation the way most of us do here everyday. Hopefully with professional training though that transition will be successful and seamless.

Similar Topics:

  1. Murky waters for Blackwater In what seems to have become a never ending litany of abuse and wrong doings, Blackwater, the North Carolina security contracting company, is being investigated for the illegal smuggling of...
  2. Blackwater shooter to be charged with Murder of Iraqi Vice President’s Bodyguard. According to the Seattle Times, the former Blackwater employee who allegedly shot and killed the bodyguard of the Vice President of Iraq in 2006 will finally be brought to Justice....
  3. FBI will test the immunity waters. With The FBI now in Iraq conducting an investigation into the killing of 17 Iraqi civilians by Blackwater employees, contractors might very well loose the immunity from prosecution that they...
  4. Hired Guns Get Fired. I was disappointed to read this disturbing article in the Washington Post (dated 4.15.07) but not surprised. As I have previously written in my Smart CEO publication of “The Big...

Speak Your Mind

*