Thesis - Open Access
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The purpose of this thesis is to recommend policy actions for the United States Government to take to increase accountability for American owned Private Military Companies (PMC’s) operating within Iraq and Afghanistan. This paper first explores the role of private military within modern military history and within America’s military history. The thesis then goes on to study the prominent American PMC Blackwater and their history interacting with civilians in these host countries. One incident, The Nisour Square Massacre, ended with four Blackwater contractors killing seventeen Iraqi civilians and injuring fourteen. The American Legal System has failed at holding these men accountable as Congress has failed to put laws in place to hold these companies liable for their actions. These lacunae in policy are identified at both a domestic and international level. This thesis concludes by putting forward a variety of policy recommendations for the US Congress in an attempt to prevent future civilian deaths. A call to responsibility is made in the pursuit of the American value of justice for all.
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© Jennie Palmer
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Palmer, Jennie, "War For Sale: The Case of Blackwater Unaccountable Private Military Companies in Iraq and Afghanistan" (2018). Student Publications. 859.