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Private Security Contractors Military Justice

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Essay title: Private Security Contractors Military Justice

Private Security Contractors Military Justice

Jared Kubicka-Miller

Background: Blackwater USA is a private military company and security firm founded in 1997 by Erik Prince and Al Clark. It has alternatively been referred to as a mercenary organization by numerous reports in the international media. It has been classified as a terrorist organization by the Organization of the Islamic Conference. It is based in the U.S. state of North Carolina, where it operates a tactical training facility that it claims is the world's largest. The company trains more than 40,000 people a year, from all the military services and a variety of other agencies. The company markets itself as being "The most comprehensive professional military, law enforcement, security, peacekeeping, and stability operations company in the world". Blackwater is currently the biggest of the US State Department's three private security contractors. At least 90% of its revenue comes from government contracts, two-thirds of which are no-bid contracts. Missions conducted by Blackwater Security Consulting have raised significant controversy both through casualties suffered and inflicted by their employees. The cost for each Blackwater guard in Iraq, $445,000 per year, has also come under fire.

A. Plan Text: Any person with the power to employ lethal force on behalf of the US Government will fall under the jurisdiction of the Universal Code of Military Justice.

B. Agent: Congress will pass legislation through normal means.

C. Enforcement: Military .Judge Advocate Generals.

D. Funding: Normal Means

E. Time Frame: Immediate

Accountability

For: Private Security Contractors

Jared Kubicka-Miller

A. Problem: PSC’s kill civilians

a. PSCs kill often

i. The congressional inquiry -- which had access to 437 internal Blackwater incident reports as well as some State Department documents and communications about the incidents -- found 195 shootings involving Blackwater guards since 2005. It deemed Blackwater's use of force "frequent and extensive." The investigators also found that more than 80% of the time, the

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