Friday, March 12, 2010
Help STOP New Blackwater Contract (for fighting corruption?)
Blackwater Book dot com here
Blackwater are up for a new billion dollar contract to fight corruption in the Afghan police force. 
Insane, right? Since they are the company that stole hundreds of AK-47s from the Afghan police, by posing as Eric Cartman from "South Park"?!
Please click here to stop the Blackwater madness once and for all, or read Rebecca's email from Tuesday below to get the full scoop.
Rebecca Griffin, Political Director, Peace Action West
Refusing a rape victim her day in court. Callously shooting a defenseless nine-year-old boy. Diverting hundreds of AK-47s intended for Afghan police to someone posing as a character from “South Park.” Using tax dollars to pay for prostitutes. 
If only that were the end of the list. The sins of private military contractors like Blackwater – essentially hired guns -- are seemingly endless, and I know you are as angry as I am that our tax dollars are funding this outrageous behavior.
Write your representative and senators today and urge them to cosponsor the Stop Outsourcing Security Act so our hard-earned money can stop lining the pockets of these callous, reckless corporations.
The percentage of contractors used in the war in Afghanistan is the highest ever in history. The surge of 30,000 troops approved by President Obama will be dwarfed by the accompanying 56,000 contractors expected to flood into the region.  If we can’t fight wars with our own military, maybe it’s a sign we shouldn’t be in the wars in the first place.
How much worse do things have to get before our government draws the line? Rep. Janice Schakowsky (D-IL) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) have had enough. They’ve introduced the Stop Outsourcing Security Act, which would prohibit the use of private contractors for military and security functions. Tell your representative and senators to cosponsor today.
Mohammed Kinani, whose nine-year-old son was killed by Blackwater employees in the Nisour Square shooting in Iraq, told The Nation "I wish the US Congress would ask [the head of Blackwater] why they killed my innocent son…. Do you think that this child was a threat to your company? This giant company that has the biggest weapons, the heaviest weapons, the planes, and this boy was a threat to them? I want Americans to know that this was a child that died for nothing.” (Democracy Now! Among other news sources covered this story - find also on You Tube)
Let’s make sure Congress listens and puts an end to this taxpayer-funded madness. Our government can’t excuse this behavior, and they can’t ignore a public outcry if it’s loud enough. Take action here
Thank you for standing up.
Peace Action West
 "How to prove Afghan police aren't corrupt? Hire Blackwater!" here
"Alleged US contractor victim fights for day in court" here
"Blackwater's Youngest Victim": here
"Blackwater Took Hundreds of Guns from US Military, Afghan Police": here
"Blackwater reportedly charged US government for strippers, prostitutes": here
 "Up to 56,000 more contractors likely for Afghanistan, congressional agency says"
Posted by CN at 8:15 AM