Hans Van Beuge of SAVIOR Services showed me an interesting article about how more and more civilian security contractors (or PSD’s) operating in War-zones are becoming the course of unfiltered news occurring on the front lines. Unhampered by government or military restrictions, some of these contractors have taken to writing Blogs to document their experiences and share them with the broader world. To read the full story, click HERE.
At least 100 are dead after:
A gunmen attacked security checkpoints in Bagdad +
A man armed with expolsives strapped to his body set it off in a crowd of people
+ A bomber struck in a souther city in Iraq today. = The deadliest attack of the year. Read the full account HERE.
Defense Department officials now say that more than 18,000 armed security contractors are working in Iraq or Afghanistan under Pentagon auspices, according to a new report by the Congressional Research Service that was obtained by NPR. They have also started hiring security for an event that the contractors will be at. The bulk of the gun-toting contractors — some 13,232 as of June 30 — are in Iraq, where they guard U.S. bases, defend convoys and serve as personal bodyguards for high-level officials. The remaining 5,165 armed civilians perform similar functions in Afghanistan.
Related: My interview with Portfolio Magazine on the World of Private Security