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Military Contractors: Bye-Bye Iraq, Hello US/Mexico Border

Heath Shuler’s immigration bill, the SAVE Act, is rearing its ugly head again later this week. David Neiwert will have more on it tomorrow, but in the mean time, have a look at Avi Lewis’s Frontline USA piece on how the US/Mexico border is the new Iraq.

Now that Iraq is drying up as a cash cow for contractors, they’re all shifting focus to the privatization of border security and high tech enforcement. When I read the bill over, almost more troubling than the lack of any kind of pathway to citizenship — or the bounties it offered to government employees — were the provisions giving the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense the authorization to work together to "shock doctrine" the border and provide massive boondoggles to private contractors.

You want to know what Blackwater is planning for an encore? See Avi’s piece, and wonder no more.

And once again — thank you, Rahm Emanuel.

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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