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Special Operations: Blackwater Corners the Market
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February 21, 2008: Blackwater Worldwide, one of the worlds largest private security firms, has provided training for the Taiwanese presidential security force. It's not that Taiwan doesn't have plenty of special warfare operators that could provide such training, but Blackwater has achieved such an exemplary record guarding VIPs (Very Important People) in Iraq and Afghanistan, that it has become much in demand. Blackwater VIP protection teams have never lost a client, and have guarded U.S. diplomats and senior government officials as well as similar "high value" targets from Iraq, Afghanistan and other nations. Blackwater has become the outfit to call if you are in a dangerous part of the world, and are on many hit lists.

 

Taiwanese special operations forces are extensive. The army has its Aviation and Special Forces Command (the ASFC, consisting of the 601st, 602nd and 603rd Aviation brigades, the 862nd Special Warfare Brigade and the Airborne Special Service Company, which specializes in counterterrorism.) There is also a SEAL and special boat unit, plus marine and army recon and a SWAT type unit with the Coast Guard. But none of these specialize in VIP protection, that is taken care of by the NSB  (National Security Bureau), which is a CIA/FBI type operation that also provides bodyguards for the president.

 

Blackwater has built a formidable VIP protection capability over the last decade, hiring many former U.S. and European special operations personnel (some retired, some not, much to the annoyance of the organizations these people were hired away from.) These operators have gone on to develop new, and very effective, techniques for effective VIP protection, even in highly dangerous environments.

 

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sc55    Is this really a news story?   2/21/2008 11:06:37 AM
It damages the credibility of you publication to allow corporations like Blackwater to place advertisements disguised as news articles on your site. 
 
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dont_tread       2/21/2008 1:26:44 PM
you're probably right
 
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ker       2/21/2008 8:29:09 PM

It damages the credibility of you publication to allow corporations like Blackwater to place advertisements disguised as news articles on your site. 



For the sc55's statement (above) to be useful he or she would need to show that some statement in the original post was false.  Every discussion of equipment on the site can be seen as advertising for the manufacturer or as a covert ad for the competitor if negative evaluations are made.  So if the stratigypage.com talk about a service provided as opposed to a product it loses credibility?  I don't think so.
 
Now if you say that stratigypage.com has an editorial take that gives positive attention to SF type operations you could find some supportive evidence.  (The Perfect Soldier)  That is a opinion you are free to disagree with if you wish.  To say some one is less credible because they have that opinion is a weak argument. 
 
Now you implied that you feel Strategy page.com was payed to make statements positive towards Blackwatter Worldwide.  If you have the evidence put it up. But I am much more inclined to think that sc55 might be getting paid to make accusations against stratigypage.com.  That Soroce money gets around now doesn't it.  I don't know that, I'm just reading the tea leaves.
 
So always think critically about your sources of information.  Particularly the one whispering in your ear about who not to trust.
 
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sc55    Oh brother!   2/21/2008 9:44:57 PM
It was just my opinion ker. That's why they have comments sections.  Unbunch your panties, take off that tin foil hat. I haven't read everything ever written on Strategy Page but I was surprised that they appeared to have lifted almost the whole Article from a Blackwater sales brochure. It doesn't have a by line. Maybe some one got a free week to play Rambo at  Blackwater's training facility and wanted to say something nice in return. More power to um.
 
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Horsesoldier       2/21/2008 10:13:19 PM

It damages the credibility of you publication to allow corporations like Blackwater to place advertisements disguised as news articles on your site. 



Your statement presumes Strategy Page has any credibility prior to this article.  Given the usual quality of their articles, I'd say that's a flawed premise.
 
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Ashley-the-man       2/24/2008 2:13:35 AM
Your statement presumes Strategy Page has any credibility prior to this article.  Given the usual quality of their articles, I'd say that's a flawed premise.
 
It would be helpful if you had some specifics to rebut the Strategypage article.  I would assume the VIP's that Blackwater protects would be the best to contact about a testimonial.  Nancy Pelosi would probably be the last on the list for a testimonial.
 
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Yimmy       2/24/2008 10:18:24 AM
Blackwater never having a VIP under their protection assassinated is luck.  If an organised group wants someone dead badly enough, eventually they will succeed. 

The whole ordeal of having multiple big, heavily armed guys in your face is very much an American thing where it comes to VIP protection, and offers little more than face value deterrent.


 
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Ashley-the-man       2/24/2008 1:28:05 PM
Blackwater never having a VIP under their protection assassinated is luck.  If an organised group wants someone dead badly enough, eventually they will succeed. 

The whole ordeal of having multiple big, heavily armed guys in your face is very much an American thing where it comes to VIP protection, and offers little more than face value deterrent.

Strategypage has reported before that the State Department relies on Blackwater and prefers their protection to the alternative.  Interesting, since State is the most liberal and dysfunctional Department - the CIA looks pretty good in comparison - I'm surprised all those granola crunchers would turn to a bunch of knuckle draggers. 

 
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ker       2/27/2008 9:12:43 PM

Blackwater never having a VIP under their protection assassinated is luck.  If an organised group wants someone dead badly enough, eventually they will succeed. 

The whole ordeal of having multiple big, heavily armed guys in your face is very much an American thing where it comes to VIP protection, and offers little more than face value deterrent.

Strategypage has reported before that the State Department relies on Blackwater and prefers their protection to the alternative.  Interesting, since State is the most liberal and dysfunctional Department - the CIA looks pretty good in comparison - I'm surprised all those granola crunchers would turn to a bunch of knuckle draggers. 


Makes me think of people who are opposed to use of force by anyone except for their own bodyguards.  The thought of your own death can focus the mind. 

 
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ker       2/27/2008 9:16:15 PM
On the other hand some people like to make accusations but don't like it when the shoe is on the other foot.
It was just my opinion ker. That's why they have comments sections.  Unbunch your panties, take off that tin foil hat. I haven't read everything ever written on Strategy Page but I was surprised that they appeared to have lifted almost the whole Article from a Blackwater sales brochure. It doesn't have a by line. Maybe some one got a free week to play Rambo at  Blackwater's training facility and wanted to say something nice in return. More power to um.



 
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