Monday, October 29, 2012

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Where are the PSC regulations?

In the last few decades, specialised private security companies (PSCs) have come a long way and have increasingly assisted police and military in almost all levels of security. Their legacy is quite deep – private security companies assisted the British even during the US war for independence. More recently, the malaise caused in Iraq has opened up a new chapter, thanks to Blackwater – the largest PSC handling operations then.

A former Blackwater employee made a series of damning allegations against Blackwater’s owner Erik Prince in August, 2009 in a federal court in Virginia. As per this former employee, Prince “views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic faith from the globe” and that Prince was personally responsible for certain killings in Iraq. Although the judge has been sceptical about the claim, Prince has been accused of deploying medically unfit personnel for carrying lethal weaponry, just for earning more money. Blackwater has gone through several rebranding process (it’s now known as Xe Services) and has created more than a dozen affiliate companies (some allege, to transfer funds).

Source : IIPM Editorial, 2012.

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