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Private Military/Security Companies 

Private Military Companies or Private Security Companies are a reality in 21st century conflicts all around the globe.  Often mistaken with their ancient predecessors (the so-called mercenaries), offer their protection/defensive services to both private and public clients, including NGOs, United Nations, aid agencies and goverments.

This site is a portal which offers news and articles on this topic. A controversial topic which gains more and more public attention due to their status as civilians and increasing casualties among this group of operators .

Together with the whole private security community we are crediting their sacrifice. Be it to their country, their client or asset to be protected or their buddies working at their side. 
Kill the pirates
Piracy & Maritime Security

As the Marines demonstrated long ago, there's only one way to end piracy
April 12, 2009 by Jack Kelly, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The opening stanza of the Marine Corps hymn is: "From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we fight our country's battles in the air, on land and sea."The "Halls of Montezuma" refers to the assault on Chapultepec Castle during the Mexican War, which was led by the small Marine contingent in Gen. Winfield Scott's army. Ninety percent of the officers and NCOs who led the assault were killed.

The red stripe on the dress uniform trousers of Marine officers is in commemoration of the blood their predecessors shed that day. (For those who love historical coincidences, the Marines attacked along a route up the mountain that had been picked out by an Army engineer, Major Robert E. Lee. Immediately behind the Marines was a company of soldiers led by Lt. Ulysses S. Grant.)

Ex-Marine offers response to pirate attacks
Piracy & Maritime Security
Jenna Carlesso and Khurram Saeed

When pirates attacked a 17,000-ton cargo ship off the Somali Coast three days ago, former Marine Troy Osborne wasn't surprised.

But the West Haverstraw resident had to do a double-take at the television when news reports announced that the pirates had attempted to hijack a U.S. vessel, and, subsequently, had taken the ship's American captain hostage.

"Pirates are looking first and foremost at the flag the ship has. That's going to tell them what kind of resistance they're up against," said Osborne, a former private security contractor who is developing his own company to help combat piracy threats. "This was definitely a desperate measure. I was shocked they attacked this ship, knowing full well the heat that's already on them."
Iraq victims sue UK security firm
Iraq & Middle East
Guards employed by Hampshire-based company are accused of opening fire on unarmed civilians and driving off, leaving them with severe injuries

Mark Townsend - The Observer, Sunday 11 January 2009
One of Britain's largest private security firms is being sued over allegations that its men opened fire on unarmed civilians and then drove away, leaving an Iraqi brother and sister fighting for their lives.
Expert group on mercenaries concludes visit to Afghanistan
Afghanistan & Asia
The United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination, represented by Amada Benavides de Perez and Alexander Nikitin, concluded its five-day visit to Afghanistan today. The objectives of the visit were to discuss with Government authorities and relevant stakeholders the scope and nature of the activities of private military and security companies in Afghanistan and their impact on the enjoyment of human rights. The Working Group also gathered information about national efforts to regulate such companies in the context of its current work on elaborating a new international convention on private military and security companies.
That's not the real Blackwater
Corporate News
January 24, 2009

Mike Papantonio's bizarre column on Blackwater ("Blackwater quietly expanding its reach," Jan. 21) is so filled with fiction it is amazing that it made it to print.

His claims certainly make for a colorful column, but Blackwater has no "tanks, helicopter gunships, [or] amphibious assault craft." The mysterious "domestic operations division" that may be carrying out illegal "active operations on U.S. soil" exists only in his imagination.
GAO Details a Bloated Budget for Government Contracts
By Joe Davidson - January 23, 2009

Federal contracting dollars are jumping like popcorn on the stove.

As a group, federal contractors are quickly getting obese at taxpayers' expense. Uncle Sam spent "an astounding $532 billion last (fiscal) year, shattering the previous year's record of $465 billion" on contracts, Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said yesterday.
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