Pinkertons for the New Gilded Age
In a time that is roughly comparable to that of the Gilded Age, corporations and the wealthy elite in the United States revel in their virtually unparalleled power and wealth. Labor unions, whose membership peaked at 35% of the hourly wage force in the 1950's, now comprise less than 10% of the US work force. The wealth gap continues to widen to devastating proportions as the middle class slowly disappears. Statistically, unemployment is relatively low, but many of those who are working are under-employed or working multiple jobs just to make ends meet. As the wealthy elite continue to tighten the screws by raising regressive taxes and lowering progressive taxes, lowering wages and benefits for the working class, off-shoring jobs, and cutting social programs, the threat of riots and social unrest becomes real. Hence the Bush Regime's moves to lay the foundation for declaring martial law and the rising fortunes of companies providing private military forces, like Blackwater.
Blackwater provides an interesting solution to the Bush Regime’s dilemma in satiating its desire to employ martial law covertly. Despite their Social Darwinism, America’s leaders prefer to maintain the illusion of "democracy and freedom" to keep the masses pacified. Just as they did in New Orleans, the federal government can now utilize the paramilitary employees of a company such as Blackwater to replace the overt presence of the US military. Rumsfeld, Chertoff, and company demonstrated that they can deploy a domestic military presence “under the radar”, enabling them to side-step potential public backlash and legal challenges.
Of course, the regular military's always there for backup (helpful advice to the occupied populace of NOLA, or any future American city under privatized martial law: don't off any Blackwater robocops if you're allergic to white phosporous).
Blackwater mercs are heavily recruited from Navy Seals, Marine recon, and the like. There are even some elite veterans from Pinochet's armed forces. Miller didn't mention the Atlacatl Battalion, but surely they wouldn't neglect such a reservoir of expertise. Makes you wonder why Blackwater doesn't just have its people trained at the School of the Americas, and cut out the middleman.