Jeremy Scahill is an American investigative journalist with expertise on a number of global issues, most notably the recent rise of private military companies (PMCs). He serves as a correspondent for the U.S. radio and TV program Democracy Now!. He is also a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and a frequent contributor to The Nation. Scahill and colleague Amy Goodman were co-recipients of the 1998 Polk Award for their radio documentary "Drilling and Killing: Chevron and Nigeria’s Oil Dictatorship", which investigated the Chevron Corporation’s role in the killing of two Nigerian environmental activists. He is also the author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army"
From Iraq to the streets of American cities, the deployment of private security forces - including Israeli commandos - to take the place of police officers has spiked significantly and is raising grave concerns. Few areas have seen as dramatic a transformation to privatized services as the world of intelligence and domestic law enforcement. This is an ominous, accelerating trend which thrives on US tax-payer money and prospers in a legal limbo devoid of clear regulatory criteria or accountability mechanisms, leaving the door open for serious abuses. In the words of former CIA division chief and senior analyst Melvin Goodman: "the entire industry is essentially out of control; it’s dangerous!".
Privatization of brutality (Video)