Tonight On Frontline: Private Warriors
Tonight, the PBS show Frontline will broadcast "Private Warriors," what promises to be an excellent look into private contractors working in Iraq. From the Frontline website:
FRONTLINE returns to Iraq, this time to embed with Halliburton/KBR, and to take a hard look at private contractors like Blackwater, Aegis and Erinys, who play an increasingly critical role in running U.S. military supply lines, providing armed protection, and operating U.S. military bases. These private warriors are targeted by insurgents and in turn have been criticized for their rough treatment of Iraqi civilians. Their dramatic story illuminates the Pentagon's new reliance on corporate outsourcing and raises tough questions about where they fit in the chain of command and the price we are paying for their role in the war.
Following the broadcast, Frontline will do a run-down of the major contractors working in Iraq, showcase stories from civilian contractors, and explore the growth of our privatized military. Definitely check it out.
Chris Kromm is executive director of the Institute for Southern Studies and publisher of the Institute's online magazine, Facing South.