Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill described his investigation into Blackwater USA, its connections to the current and former White House administrations and the implications of privatization of many essential services, to a crowd of students, faculty and community members Tuesday, April 17 in Albright Auditorium.
He began his narrative by recalling the capture and torture of four “U.S. contractors in the Iraqi city of Fallujah on March 31, 2004. Their bodies were hung on a bridge over the Euphrates River for several hours. U.S. troops then began a week-long siege that severely damaged the city of 350,000.
Curious why the deaths of four private U.S. citizens would prompt such a massive U.S. military response, Scahill started looking into Blackwater USA. The result of that digging was his first book, “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, published by Nation Books, and already on The New York Times’ best-seller list.
Scahill is a longtime correspondent and producer for the Pacifica radio program “Democracy Now!” and contributor to The Nation magazine and its companion radio program.
WEOS-FM, the campus radio station that sponsored his talk, broadcasts both “Democracy Now” And “The Nation. Information on show times is available at WEOS.
Details on the book as well as a video of the author are available at Blackwater. Copies of the book are available at The College Store.