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Private US Military Firms Spread to Switzerland: US$100 Billion Market Seen
Mercenary firms: a lucrative niche market ... Contractors of the US private security firm Blackwater secured the site of a roadside bomb attack near the Iranian embassy in central Baghdad in 2005 (AFP) European states are subcontracting an increasing number of tasks to private military companies to cut their armies' sizes and budgets. These mainly US firms cost them dearly, however, says military expert Alexandre Vautravers. Since the 1990s, the United States Armed Forces and particularly also the armies of Europe have been using private military firms to handle tasks they can no longer fulfill. – SwissInfo
Dominant Social Theme: A private military makes a lot of sense and is a normal and healthy trend.
Free-Market Analysis: The United States has recently engaged in so many wars that it has spawned a mercenary industry that is growing into a US$100 billion-a-year commercial enterprise.
Is this a "real" business? There is considerable doubt that many of the wars now embarked upon are necessary for the protection of the United States and its allies, but the military-industrial complex drives them ahead nonetheless. And thus, for now it seems that the commercialization of war is a lucrative business indeed. It is part of the larger militarization of Western society.
In the past decade, the US has grown tremendously more militarized. Between the immense popularity of digitalized war games, the endless stream of movies glorifying war and the numerous new wars being created in Africa and elsewhere, one could observe that war was surely a US growth industry.
And now, according to Swiss Info, the privatization of war is spreading throughout the West.
Alexandre Vautravers, head of the department of international relations at Webster University in Geneva and chief editor of Revue Militaire Suisse, talks about the rise of private, government-contracted militias in an exclusive interview. According to Vautravers, "Private military companies primarily work in niche markets, in activities which conventional armed forces cannot or do not want to carry out," he explains.
Vautravers makes the point that these are not necessarily violent activities. "During the war in Iraq, for example, the US army signed extremely lucrative contracts for laundry, hygiene and cleaning." However, such companies may also "win a lot of contracts to protect people and buildings, an area where the employment of trained and heavily equipped professional military staff is not always justified."
Vautravers says that private armies are not usually employed on front lines because services are very costly, two to four times what it would cost for conventional troops, or even more. Also, there are time constrains on private armies and contracts may have to be renegotiated depending on strategic considerations.
There is considerable sensitivity about the privatization of war and Switzerland in particular has taken action to discourage the direct involvement of mercenary troops in potentially lethal situations, he adds.
In January 2013, the cabinet asked parliament to discuss whether to outlaw Swiss-based private security firms which directly participate in armed conflicts abroad.
At the end of 2005, the Swiss government adopted a report on military and private military companies. It commissioned the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs to launch an international process to promote the respect of international humanitarian law and human rights among private military and security firms operating in war zones.
The publication, known as the Montreux Document, is the first result achieved jointly by the foreign office and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
On November 9, 2010, 58 private security companies gathered to sign the international code of conduct, which obliges them to respect human rights and international humanitarian law. By January 2013, 592 private military companies had signed this code of conduct.
The article points out that the private military market is valued at more than $100 billion per year – a staggering sum that gives us the idea that no matter what documents are signed, the increased privatization of the military is a trend that will continue.
Much of the commercial pressure is coming from the US where soldiers are not going back into the civilian community but continuing their military careers by becoming advisors to the US military industrial complex. "Many former US soldiers start their own firm or join another company. Many companies established in Africa or in the Golf States are more or less disguised US firms which are not interested in being US based."
The incessant military actions of the West have spawned an international industry of massive proportions. It is in a sense an entirely artificial industry as the wars themselves are questionable and the funding comes from taxpayer dollars and fiat-money printing.
Conclusion: No doubt fortunes are being made in this new industry, but we can't help believing its very artificiality makes it a volatile endeavor. No matter how observers want to dress it up, this a business based on dubious rationalizations for institutionalized violence. On a deeper level, of course, it offers all sorts of disturbing insights into how Western society is evolving and the nature of what must be seen as profoundly anti-social trends.
Posted by 1776 on 02/26/13 12:01 PM
More federal agencies buy multithousands of rounds of ammo MARTIAL LAW IN US AUGUST 15, 2012 BY: ANTHONY MARTIN
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DHS Practices Mowing Down Civilian "Zombies" During Anti-Terror Training Exercise
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Then think about how many agencies who have stock piled ammo with an extreme amount! In our government!
Posted by amanfromMars on 02/26/13 12:23 AM
Regarding your conclusion, DB? …..
[blockquote]Conclusion: No doubt fortunes are being made in this new industry, but we can't help believing its very artificiality makes it a volatile endeavor. No matter how observers want to dress it up, this a business based on dubious rationalizations for institutionalized violence. On a deeper level, of course, it offers all sorts of disturbing insights into how Western society is evolving and the nature of what must be seen as profoundly anti-social trends.[/blockquote]
…. I concur on a deeper level. …….. Click to view link …. which have even deeper explored levels to monetize and reveal to all, too.
Methinks though that disruptive and disturbing, volatile and evolving profoundly anti-social trends do no justice to quite revolutionary and unprecedented evolutionary changes which have been wrought and are now introduced into the human capital cattle market place.
Such adjectives seriously understate and would misunderestimate, to a considerable degree, the paradigm shift which has been made by leading intelligence services.
Posted by Danny B on 02/25/13 11:46 PM
"but we can't help believing its very artificiality makes it a volatile endeavor."
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Posted by EBS on 02/25/13 10:36 PM
UCC: The Bible Of Commerce
The UCC is the 'bible' of commerce; it precisely dictates the manner in which international trade and commerce should be enacted. In fact, the entire commercial system pivots around UCC law. If your mortgage is foreclosed on or your car is repossessed, the bank uses the UCC process to do so.
But UCC law is not taught in law schools. It remains the domain of corporations and their operatives, who train their legal-department employees in UCC law as required - thus keeping the knowledge of this important mechanism 'in house'. But one of the trustees of OPPT was professionally involved in UCC law for some time, and understands intimately how the 'Powers That Were' manipulated the UCC to control the United States financial system at a very high level.
UCC expert, mother, and OPPT spearhead Heather Ann Tucci-Jarraf used the foreclosure of her own home as a test case. She challenged the foreclosure through UCC process, and in doing so discovered - put very simply - that the U.S. court system invariably supports the corporate system.
Not surprising really, given that 99% of our laws relate to ownership… or commerce.
After exercising extreme prudence, the OPPT concluded that the corporations operating under the guise of the people's governments and financial systems were committing treason against the people of this planet without the people's knowing, willing and intentional consent. The final report from the investigation can be found here.
So… in order to foreclose on 'the system', the Trustees of OPPT set a trap using the legal structure provided to them BY 'the system'.
Posted by EBS on 02/25/13 10:36 PM
1) Governments are were Corporations. The Corporate Government phenomenon is not only demonstrated by the way 'governments' behave as Beneficiaries (not as Trustees) of the government Trust, but the paper-trail also proves it! The United States, Canada, Australia, The United Kingdom, France, Italy, Brazil, Japan, South Africa…. and the list goes on…. all are US-based corporate entities, registered as such with the United States Security & Exchanges Commission… and operating as such at our expense. 'The system' is oligarchical in nature, in that it is geared only to profit 'the few' while the rest of us work to support it.
2) Persons are were corporations: At birth, a birth certificate application is signed by your parents which is used by Corporate Government to commence a Trust in your name. This Trust is used as collateral, and a collateral account is created and funded in your name. You are the Beneficiary of this Trust… but no-one tells you it exists. If you do not complete a Will by the age of 7, Corporate Government declares you deceased - under admiralty law of all things! - and you are officially considered by the system to be 'lost at sea'. Seriously. Corporate Government then assumes financial control of your estate, and they - aware that most of us do in fact live beyond 7 - continue to treat us as living slaves. The funds generated by monetizing your life - using you as collateral - are loaned to you when you apply for bank finance, mortgages etc. You are then forced to work to repay those funds - plus interest - back to the system. Legally, you have no rights because you're considered 'dead' by the age of 7. You lose.
(Click here for more information on the Government Trust relationship).
3) Mass media is the tool used by Corporate Governments to deliver propaganda directly to your home. It is used to manipulate public perceptions of Corporate Government actions and inactions, to reinforce social norms, limits and behaviours, and to sell you crap by creating a 'need' and then providing you with a product to fulfill it. And it isn't limited just to Media; the psychology of the 'old' paradigm is reinforced through educational and religious institutions as well.
Corporations, Governments and Media all tell the same lies. They are all part of the same beast.
4) As a result, the world's economic structure is was a mechanism of mass slavery. Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property, and are forced to work. Slaves are held against their will from the time of their capture, purchase or birth, and deprived of the right to leave, or to refuse to work.
You were born into 'the system' without any say in how it works. You were raised and taught to contribute to the system. You must work exhaustive hours in the system, and you must pay taxes to the system. You must adhere to the rules of the system - most of which relate to property and ownership - or you will be punished by the system. By design, the system will deliver abundance only to a select few, and many others will go hungry. But if you don't like it, you cannot leave the system. The system 'owns' everything, everyone and everywhere.
Until now, you had one option: play along. It's like living in a casino with no exit. And the house always wins.
Posted by EBS on 02/25/13 07:45 PM
FEBRUARY 24, 2013
Greetings dear ones. We come again to encourage and advise you regarding the current state many of you find yourselves in. There are huge changes taking place within the physical, emotional, and mental bodies of every evolving individual. Old energy from eons of time that were and still are stored within cellular memory is releasing. This process uses a lot of energy, often leaving you feeling depleted and wondering if there is a physical problem. Honor this process--on the days you feel depleted, lay down and just rest if you can. Try to do less of the physical if you must be at your job. This depletion will pass and often varies from day to day.
This is also a time when many are feeling anxious, confused, and concerned regarding what their next step is to be. Do not try to figure this out. You have been trained to plan and use the mind for a solution to every situation. That is not the way it is to be in the future. You are learning to let go of the need to know everything and instead to listen, trusting your increasingly powerful intuition while not trying to figure everything out with the mind. Mind in its purest sense, is an avenue of awareness. If you have chosen ascension and are working to understand the deeper truths, then all is proceeding according to plan regardless of how it seems nothing is happening. You don't need to know exactly what is coming for the world and for yourselves personally, for it is still unfolding. Your job is to allow that by staying centered in truth through meditation and practice while not getting energetically involved in the negative appearances around you. The world is shifting to a higher resonance and every bit of truth you know adds to it, helping to bring about the shift.
When you find you not longer enjoy certain foods in the amounts you used to, then just don't eat them any longer--foods or amounts. If you discover that those entertainments you always enjoyed no longer resonate with you, then don't keep trying to revive them--for in most cases, they are finished. Massive changes are taking place on all levels dear ones; friends, family, likes, and dislikes, concepts and beliefs are all finding a new place within your consciousness. The only error is in trying to hold on to what is finished. "Go with the flow" as it is said, honor your intuition, and do those things you are being guided to do in each moment even if it means laying down doing nothing.
Mankind has been taught to keep physically and mentally busy in every moment which worked and was frequently necessary in many very physical past lifetimes, but in the new energy "busyness" of mind and body can simply be a distraction which at times can actually cause you to feel ill. A constant barrage of noise through 24/7 use of phones, media, electronic games etc. can be very off centering and discordant to the higher frequencies and simply serves to hold you in the old. Release the hold these things may have on you regardless of how much the world tells you they are "must haves". We are not saying that you need to give up the things or games you still enjoy, but we are saying that they need to take their proper place through the realization that they are not a necessity.
We wish to speak today of energy which is a topic you have all have read or heard about and often discuss yet many do not fully understand. Energy is the vibration or essence of Divine Consciousness and is therefore the substance of all that is and the connection binding all living things which you call Love. Energy when interpreted by a consciousness that is not very evolved and is filled with false concepts and beliefs will appear and feel very dense and heavy. Energy appears lighter and lighter as levels of awareness evolve and is pure Light in the higher dimensions. A person's aura is the energy resonance they are manifesting at a particular time. The colors making up an individual's aura are facets of this pure light. The ever changing qualities of beliefs, past life experiences, talents, health etc. are all reflected in this diffusion of pure white light. An individual's state of consciousness appears as their aura and is their personal energy field.
You are often told to sent light to someone who having a hard time. This means to see pure white or gold Light flowing to and surrounding them. This will help to lift them into this higher, lighter frequency if they allow it . Sometimes a person will refuse the Light and you will experience this as a blocking of the flow. If this happens, you simply give the Light to the person's Higher Self to be released when it will be accepted.
Colors are simply facets or qualities broken out from pure consciousness which is seen as white. Many healing modalities teach you that one color is for this, or another color is for that which is true because each color has its own "job" so to speak, each a facet of that completeness that is Divine Consciousness. However, when you send light to someone just send pure white or gold light because Light is consciousness and It knows far better than the human what the other person needs. If you are given a certain color when doing this, then you are being guided to include this ray when sending light. The violet flame of St. Germain carries the energy of transmutation and is why you so often hear references to the violet flame. The violet ray is a powerful energy you can use for yourselves. Picture yourself standing in the violet temple standing in the violet flame itself while holding the intention that it transmute all that is old and finished into the new and higher.
Energy is frequency and can be used or ms-used in the third dimension. You use energy as electricity but it can kill. Some try and use energy for selfish ends which is the essence of the dark arts. Right now you are feeling the intensity of new and higher energies as they become the new you. This is why you are experiencing buzzing noises in your head, ears ringing, dizziness, heart flutterings and so many other odd physical symptoms that would scare you if you did not understand what was happening.
The energy making up the whole you is changing in multitudinous ways you are not even aware of and has never been done before while individuals remained in their physical bodies. Because of this you are presenting a whole new scenario to the many closely monitoring this process from other planets. Try not to fear with regard to whatever you are experiencing at this time dear ones, but simply allow the process to unfold and do what you are guided to do even if or when it is nothing.
Please know that if you are experiencing intense physical issues that concern you, it is entirely appropriate for you to go to your doctor, but also understand that often these issues will turn out to be your experience of the release of old injuries, memories, vows, or anything from the past or present intense enough to be stored in cellular or emotional memory.
All is well dear ones, all is proceeding according to plan.
We are the Arcturian Group 2/24/13
Posted by seer on 02/25/13 07:28 PM
All Americans should read SORROWS OF EMPIRE by Chalmers Johnson.
Posted by bmw2002tnt on 02/25/13 04:48 PM
Interesting that Jeremy Sachill pointed out as well of all the coke parties the private armies throw as well as the prostitutes that are hired for these parties -- oh yeah operating cocaine runs -- heroine runs -- etc etc etc mercenary army = end of privacy and liberty.
Posted by daddy warbucks on 02/25/13 03:57 PM
This, indeed, would make the 'supranationally sovereign intellectual elites and world bankers' exponentially more dangerous.
Posted by EBS on 02/25/13 03:36 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Alert: The One Peoples Public Trust Forecloses on Major Corporations, including Banks
February 04, 2013 -- The One People's Public Trust today is alerting each man, woman and child on this planet that banks and corporations operating under the guise of the people's governments have been foreclosed upon by their own free will. The titles, ownership, and rights of these corporations and all their assets are now duly secured and held in trust for the one people of this planet, equally.
Multiple investigations uncovered evidence of principals, agents, and beneficiaries of a slavery system that knowingly performed substantial and systematic deceptive acts and practices, fraud, theft, and commandeering of the value of the one people of this planet without their knowing, willing and intentional consent. Based on the record of this slavery system, The Public Trust lawfully and legally duly registered the foreclosure, judgement, and remedy against these corporations for the damages made and done against the people of this planet that they have damaged.
This action is the outcome of multiple-year investigations. People of the planet, on every country, may have a financial interest in the assets of these former principals, agents, and beneficiaries of the foreclosed corporations and banks. Interested people everywhere on this planet are encouraged to investigate this matter on their own, See Click to view link
The Public trust asserts what is: that each man, woman, and child has unalienable value and rights granted and deposited in them by the Creator and not any one of the people is subordinate to any artificial principality, corporate fiction or the special interest of another without their appropriate knowing, willing and intentional consent made by contract or accommodation agreement. The Public Trust that which already was.
The people have already determined and demanded that public banking systems, national governments, and their supporting judicial systems must be fully transparent, accountable, and liable. The Public Trust has secured the value for all concerned, for all People are treated equal.
About One People's Public Trust (OPPT), The Public Trust, the One People's Public Trust, People's Public Trust 1776, etc., are duly secured, entered into Law Ordinance, inclusive of Universal Law Ordinance, notice by action of entry into International Law Ordinance, notice by public registrat...
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Posted by IndyLyn on 02/25/13 02:54 PM
o boy!!! So I'm thinking: We want our military men and women to come home and for the Administration to sell, rent, or however get rid of all those foreign bases; at the same time we read that just about all of the vets, once home, will be declared incompetent to hold guns/ammo and certainly no jobs to be had. NOW we find out there is more tax funded private military objectives developing... . SO, is this where our military folks will bedirected to go? Bad, bad, very bad. Seems we can't win for losing.
Posted by Hugo_de_Groot on 02/25/13 02:33 PM
I think you will like this story telling about how 2 kids became big time international armdealers. Shows nicely how artificial it all is. Click to view link
Posted by Abu Aardvark on 02/25/13 02:32 PM
WaPo: "Not so sinister: Homeland Security is stockpiling ammo - for target practice"
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Posted by theranger on 02/25/13 01:46 PM
I wonder if anyone in America remembers the Hessions and the British? The US government could be developing mercenary armies made up of muslims, russians, mexicans --any identity group. The British always set up minority armies and police forces controlled and paid by the state to use against the majority citizens--and it was very effective way to keep the majority enslaved in the British empire. Drones cannot do everything--and the citizens cannot be disarmed by drones. Someone is needed to kick in doors and put a bullet in the head of troublemakers. Just ask Hitler.