Private security companies, such as Blackwater, play a major role in the 21st century conflicts occurring all over the world. Usually construed as the earlier mercenary groups, they extend their protection services to both public and private clients (Private Military/Security Companies 1). In this circumstance, accusations of private security involvement in serious human rights violations frequently surface (“Private Military and Security Companies”).
In addition, many believe that these private securities are undermining the overall United States missions in foreign countries (“Blackwater and the Phenomenon of Private Military Companies”). Whether the society accepts it or not, private security entities that have presented a commercial face to the earlier shady world of mercenaries have significantly changed the 21st century warfare.
The inevitable development towards the privatization and outsourcing of various military functions in the wake of globalization has resulted in the mushrooming of private security companies, and even the United Nations acknowledges the phenomenon (“Blackwater Worldwide and the Role of Mercenaries in 21st Century Armed Conflicts Part II”). The inspiration behind Blackwater and other private security companies is to realize the expected demand for government outsourcing of security training, particularly firearms training (“Private Military/Security Companies”).
Given that they are offered for hire, these companies are the definitive neo-liberal overhaul of the State, placing the armed forces at the direct control of those who can afford it (“State Sovereignty and Private Security Companies”). Unfortunately, most of these private security companies, particularly the so-called mercenary firm Blackwater observes “a shoot first, ask no question policy” (Madsen). Consequently, Blackwater became well-known throughout the Iraqi war for its unaccountability to military or local law and its mercenaries’ hostilities against Iraqi civilians (Tristam).
Unlike State police and military forces, these private companies operate outside the realm of public oversight and legal accountability, and they facilitate industrial companies and States to undertake military operations, seize valuable natural resources, terrorize citizens, and overthrow governments without public knowledge (Luban). Today, thousands of private security personnel are continually being deployed by the government in foreign lands (Zagorin, and Bennett). Alarmingly, these personnel are authorized to perform sensitive works in foreign countries.
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