In Our Name, Beyond Our Laws?: Private Contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan
Written by Bwog Staff
104 Jerome Greene Hall
Columbia University Amnesty International Presents a conversation with Susan Burke and Jeremy Scahill about private military contractors, human rights, and the future of warfare.
Susan Burke is a partner with Burke ONeil LLC, a law firm specializing in International Human Rights law. The firm is currently bringing civil actions against private military contractors in Iraq in an effort to hold the companies accountable for the various human rights abuses they have committed throughout the conflict. Susan serves as lead counsel on a number of these cases, specifically those related to the shootings of Iraqi civilians by Blackwater Xe employees and the torture of Iraqi victims at the Abu Ghraib prison by private military contractors.
Jeremy Scahill is the author of “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army”. His book was a groundbreaking effort in exposing the political and moral conflicts surrounding one of the most notorious private military contractors in the Iraq war. He has since become an authority on Private Military Contractors, and is a frequent contributor to “The Nation” magazine, and a regular guest on “Democracy Now” and “The Rachel Maddow Show.”