Baby steps

Blackwater loses a CIA contract.

The CIA has fired Blackwater (aka Xe) from its operational role in drone airstrikes on al Qaeda bases. That’s a good start.  But Erik Prince’s band of pirates still has “security and support” contracts, not just with the CIA but also with the State Department.  It will take time for the criminal process to run its course on all of the misconduct by the firm and its employees.  There’s no need to keep feeding that particular beast at the government trough in the meantime.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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