Originally Posted by ThrillKill
Definitely a bad day for Halliburton. That said, these guys are paid insane amounts of money. A friend who owns a security company was approached by Blackwater to supply armed guards and the offer was roughly $1000 per day per guard not including his cut.
These guys, armed or unarmed(crazy) know the risk when they sign up and that getting injured on the job constitutes dismissal.
In the video you can see all hell breaks loose so your first reaction would be get the hell out of there, why the last vehicle was not military is the real question.
I know two guys, both ex-military, who have spent time as private security for various NGO and Iraqi government officials. Both lasted six months and despite making about $250k a piece, one won't go back.
Too dangerous? That was only part of the problem. One of them had a real problem with the "rules of engagement". They were explicitly instructed to NEVER STOP their vehicles. In other words, RUN OVER ANYONE WHO GETS IN THE WAY.
The irony of hitting someone with your SUV to "protect" the head of a non-profit AID organization was not lost on my friend.
The other one told of sighting in his new rifle by hunting people wearing shirts advertising support of Muqtada Al Sadr (sp?) when they were designated enemy combatants. That made them "fair game". This guy reported to no one on his days off. This was between one and two years ago, so I have no idea how things have changed.
The active military hates these private security guys because of the havoc they wreak and because they know how much they are getting paid in the process.