Information Landmine

"The Americans keep telling us how successful their system is. Then they remind us not to stray too far from our hotel at night." - An un-named EU trade representative quoted during international trade talks in Denver, Colorado, 1997.

Friday, September 28, 2007

US Government arm-wrestles with itself. Loses.

Making my way through the Shock Doctrine, and s far it seems to be confirming my initial impressions: lots of good, revealing and indeed shocking journalism, but the attempt to tie it all together isn't really working for me.

Anyway, was interested to find this little "disaster capitalism" tid-bit via way of the Against Monopoly site. Apparently the US Army is so fed up of having private security companies lure away its troops that it's making new recruits sign "non-compete" agreements, stating that they won't just sod-off and work for Blackwater after they've completed basic training. That's a pretty damning indictment of privatized war from the people who brought it to you.

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