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Military contractor Blackwater opens San Diego facility

There are 16 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from Jun 6, 2008, titled Military contractor Blackwater opens San Diego facility. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

A new counterterrorism training facility is operating in San Diego, after a federal judge ordered city officials to let classes begin.

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Batch 37 Pain is Good

United States

#1 Jun 6, 2008
Good for Blackwater! It is good to see the private sector coming up with solutions and making a buck to do it. They will be more effective than govt. Others will be jealous they did not think of it before.

Since: Mar 08

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#2 Jun 6, 2008
****Anti-war activists are raising concerns that Blackwater is simply seeking a foothold near the Mexican border so it can provide private migrant or drug interdiction services to federal agencies.****

They need not worry. When the next administration takes over they will cut the fat and end Blackwater's contract. Without their buddy Bush in office they are toast. Then Erik and the boys can go back to playing in the mud in North Carolina.
Jason

Grand Rapids, MI

#3 Jun 6, 2008
Batch 37 Pain is Good wrote:
Good for Blackwater! It is good to see the private sector coming up with solutions and making a buck to do it. They will be more effective than govt. Others will be jealous they did not think of it before.
Yes, I think it is wonderful that we employ private contractors who are not accountable in the same was our heroes (the American soldiers) are. Or not. The mercenary business needs to go. Bring our soldiers home.

Since: Mar 08

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#4 Jun 6, 2008
Jason wrote:
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Yes, I think it is wonderful that we employ private contractors who are not accountable in the same was our heroes (the American soldiers) are. Or not. The mercenary business needs to go. Bring our soldiers home.
I agree.....and.....our National Security is NOT FOR SALE. Once you privatize National Security and you start paying mercenaries 100 times what soldiers make you begin to erode the honor and the memories of those who have died in the past. They didnt die for profits or money, they were not fighting to add a summer home in the Hamptons----they fought and died for America.

There is nothing honorable in being a hitman collecting a check.
Batch 37 Pain is Good

United States

#5 Jun 7, 2008
Jason wrote:
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Yes, I think it is wonderful that we employ private contractors who are not accountable in the same was our heroes (the American soldiers) are. Or not. The mercenary business needs to go. Bring our soldiers home.
You forget that the men and women of this "mercenary" business were initially trained and honed their skills by our Military. They are honorable people who are experts in their craft. Should we not hire anyone that served as a pilot in the service to fly for United or UPS?

Since: Mar 08

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#6 Jun 7, 2008
Batch 37 Pain is Good wrote:
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You forget that the men and women of this "mercenary" business were initially trained and honed their skills by our Military. They are honorable people who are experts in their craft. Should we not hire anyone that served as a pilot in the service to fly for United or UPS?
United or UPS planes are not equipped with air to air missiles and they arent paid to serve our country militarily.
Batch 37 Pain is Good

United States

#7 Jun 7, 2008
Whuteva wrote:
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United or UPS planes are not equipped with air to air missiles and they arent paid to serve our country militarily.
The private sector is always more effective in solving problems than the govt.

Since: Mar 08

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#8 Jun 7, 2008
Batch 37 Pain is Good wrote:
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The private sector is always more effective in solving problems than the govt.
So you are implying then that our military is ineffective?
Batch 37 Pain is Good

United States

#9 Jun 7, 2008
Whuteva wrote:
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So you are implying then that our military is ineffective?
Oh no, they are effective, the best military in the world as a force. I am saying that dollar for dollar the private sector can accomplish the task cheaper. Logistics is different for a force such as Blackwater.
Jamie B

Marion, IN

#10 Jun 7, 2008
Whuteva wrote:
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So you are implying then that our military is ineffective?
they could be alot more effective if the corrupt politians would keep their noses out and let them do their jobs.
Jamie B

Marion, IN

#11 Jun 7, 2008
and why is it a bad thing if they do provide "Migrant" or drug interdiction on the border. I would think that would be encouraged.

“Police Assault! ”

Since: Mar 08

Edmond, OK

#12 Jun 7, 2008
Well, it should give a good scare to the drug traffickers, anyway.

“Disgruntled ”

Since: Apr 08

Wyoming MI

#13 Jun 7, 2008
I don't care about the mercenary business but IF I had the money and needed protection or security I would call Blackwater.
Somehow, with the economy going down crapper and oil going nuts and, IMHO, someone that will for the most part dismantle our national security, soon to be president, Blackwater is just preparing for a very robust business catering to the private sector.
Jason

Zeeland, MI

#14 Jun 7, 2008
Batch 37 Pain is Good wrote:
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The private sector is always more effective in solving problems than the govt.
I would generally agree with you that the private sector is more efficient than the government. However, accountability is number one for certain things. The military is one of them. Consider privatizing the CIA. Does that make any sense whatsoever? Of course not. Unless you are brainwashed to believe that the free market can solve any problem.

Do you truly believe that we should simply outsource as much as possible to the private sector? I'm with you on letting the free market handle as much as possible. But when the bottom line meets accountability, accountability must triumph. Otherwise, our very freedom is lost to the almighty dollar.
Double Agent

Bay City, MI

#15 Jun 7, 2008
Whuteva wrote:
****Anti-war activists are raising concerns that Blackwater is simply seeking a foothold near the Mexican border so it can provide private migrant or drug interdiction services to federal agencies.****
They need not worry. When the next administration takes over they will cut the fat and end Blackwater's contract. Without their buddy Bush in office they are toast. Then Erik and the boys can go back to playing in the mud in North Carolina.
This is our year, ive had these damn seats for 17 years. thousands of lives lost based on a lie to enrich Cheney's buddies, including Blackwater. Sick
John M

Rockford, MI

#16 Jun 8, 2008
With all the money the Blackwater Group has made off from the war from the Military Industrial Complex this is not surprising. I mean hell our Great Great Grandkids tax dollars paid for this because you see my friends thats who will end up paying for this war. As far as the next administration doing away with funding Blackwater do not be so sure, Although the talk a world of differences Liberals and Neo-cons are not much different. Kind of like non identical twins I'd say.

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