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  • Blackwater Hearing Part 24: Erik Prince and David Satterfield Testimony (2007) October 2, 2007 Watch the full program: In October 2007 the United Nations released a two year study that stated, that although hired as "security guards," private contractors were performing military duties. The report found that the use of contractors such as Blackwater was a "new form of mercenary activity" and illegal under International law; however the United States is not a signatory to the 1989 UN Mercenary Convention banning the use of mercenaries. Nor is the US a signatory to the 1977 additional Protocol to the 1949 Geneva Conventions in which also under Article 47 specifies that mercenaries are civilians who "take a direct part in the hostilities" (no distinction is made under the Protocol between defensive and offensive actions, but the US does make such a distinction, considering defensive actions by security guards not to be combat) and are "motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain." Unlike many deaths blamed on foreign contractors, this shooting took place in downtown Baghdad, an area with dozens of witnesses. "We see the security firms ... doing whatever they want in the streets. They beat citizens and scorn them," Baghdad resident Halim Mashkoor told AP Television News. He asked, "if such a thing happened in America or Britain, would the American president or American citizens accept it?" Hasan Jaber Salman, one of the wounded and an Iraqi lawyer, said that "no one did ...
  • (G)Fr. Christos Pittos Ordained-Pt.1 In 1989, at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Unmercenaries in Alsip, Illinois, His Eminence -Petros- the Metropolitan of Astoria, ordained Christos Pittos to the Holy Priesthood.
  • CIA Influence on the Mass Media: How Disinformation Campaigns Work (Part 2) 1985 Watch the full program: The private military company (PMC) is the contemporary strand of the mercenary trade, providing logistics, soldiers, military training, and other services. Thus, PMC contractors are civilians (in governmental, international, and civil organizations) authorized to accompany an army to the field; hence, the term civilian contractor. Nevertheless, PMCs may use armed force, hence defined as: "legally established enterprises that make a profit, by either providing services involving the potential exercise of [armed] force in a systematic way and by military means, and/or by the transfer of that potential to clients through training and other practices, such as logistics support, equipment procurement, and intelligence gathering." Private paramilitary forces are functionally mercenary armies, not security guards or advisors; however, national governments reserve the right to control the number, nature, and armaments of such private armies, arguing that, provided they are not pro-actively employed in front-line combat, they are not mercenaries. That said, PMC "civilian contractors" have poor repute among professional government soldiers and officers — the US Military Command have questioned their war zone behavior. In September 2005, Brigadier General Karl Horst, deputy commander of the Third Infantry Division charged with Baghdad security after the 2003 invasion, said of DynCorp and other PMCs in Iraq ...
  • Sunday after Theophania-Pt.2 Fr. Michael Hallford delivers a homily on the Gospel for the Sunday After Theophania. This sermon was given at the Church of the Holy Unmercenaries in Alsip, IL. (PART 2)
  • Sunday after Theophania-Part 1 Fr. Michael Hallford delivers a homily on the Gospel for the Sunday After Theophania. This sermon was given at the Church of the Holy Unmercenaries in Alsip, IL.
  • Censored video of American Police Force, join Monday morning e-mail barrage Monday Morning e-mail barrage (BCC: copy to yourself) To: [email protected] , [email protected] , [email protected] , [email protected] , [email protected] , [email protected] , [email protected] Good Morning: This matter concerns the UNLICENSED ACTIVITY ACTION UNIT (UAAU) of the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS). I am sending you this e-mail message to curtail unlicensed and unregistered activities of those performing work in the Private Security Industries. Please observe the web-site for a company known as: AMERICAN POLICE FORCES This firm boasts years of experience in surveillance, investigation, weapons training, etc., etc. A check of the California Secretary of State records reveals the true identity of this firm Corporation AMERICAN PRIVATE POLICE FORCE ORG INC. Number: C3202431 Date Filed: 3/2/2009 Status: active Jurisdiction: California Source: kepler.sos.ca.gov As I understand the situation such advertising of an unlicensed security company is a violation of the following California law: CALIFORNIA BUSINESS & PROFESSIONS CODE 149. (a) If, upon investigation, an agency designated in subdivision (e) has probable cause to believe that a person is advertising in a telephone directory with respect to the offering or performance of services, without being properly licensed by or registered with the agency to offer or perform those services, the agency may issue a citation under Section 148. You may be aware that KURL-TV ...
  • (G)Fr. Christos Pittos Ordained-Pt.2 In 1989, at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Unmercenaries in Alsip, Illinois, His Eminence -Petros- the Metropolitan of Astoria, ordained Christos Pittos to the Holy Priesthood.