There are three details in the Jones incident that stick with me on top of the just disgusting gruesomeness of the accusations. One is that our government had to rescue her from her employer. Two is that crucial evidence in the case, her rape kit, was turned over to her employer. And three that there still seems to be some controversy about whether these private companies are beyond any law.
I know we’re supposed to sit around and fret about extra-national terrorists–who, for the sake of optimum fear-inducement are portrayed as young, poor, non-Christian, religious fanatics whose hatred for us binds them together across disparate nationalities and removes from them any fear of death or criminal reprisals.
But I fear the private armies of multinational corporations. Is it too much to ask what loyalty Halliburton has to us?
What’s interesting to me is the way these fears already sit half-articulated at the edge of our awareness. It’s like we get that violent people with no ties to anything but themselves are a real threat to us, but we expend all our energy on the war on terror in such a way that allows violent people with no ties to anything but their corporation to run amuck and for the people of the world to grow used to their involvement in world events.
I mean, remember when there was all that talk about how gangs were supposedly getting members to enlist for the training and combat experience so that they’d be more effective when they got home? But isn’t it clear that that’s almost exactly how these private military companies work? You get your training in the Armed Forces and then take your knowledge to the PMC, where more lucrative pay checks await.
This is one of the core problems of the United States, it seems to me–our ability to recognize a problem, while at the same time giving that problem the face of one of our favorite bogey-men.
We cover our real, terrifying problems with scary masks.