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    Blackwater Preps for Hurricane Gustav By Noah Shachtman http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/08/officials-made.html New Orleans is being evacuated once again, as
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      Blackwater Preps for Hurricane Gustav
      By Noah Shachtman
      http://blog.wired.com/defense/2008/08/officials-made.html


      New Orleans is being evacuated once again, as Hurricane Gustav
      lumbers toward the Gulf Coast. Everyone from the U.S. military to
      the British Royal Navy to Blackwater is gearing up to respond.

      New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin tells The New York Times that "with
      1,500 to 2,000 National Guard troops coming to New Orleans
      <http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/31/us/31orleans.html?
      hp=&pagewanted=all>, the city would have twice as much law
      enforcement protection as it had in the days after Hurricane
      Katrina. In all, 7,000 members of the Louisiana National Guard were
      mobilized Friday."

      Coast Guard Air Force units based in Florida are on standby
      <http://www.wftv.com/news/17352275/detail.html>. U.S. Northern
      Command has set up a command post for the military response at
      England Airpark, in Alexandria, Louisiana. And they've begun
      airlifting up to 16,000 people
      <http://www.northcom.mil/News/2008/083008G.html> from New Orleans to
      Nashville, Tennessee; San Antonio, Texas; Louisville, Kentucky; and
      Ft. Smith, Arkansas.

      Additional staging areas have been set up at Fort Rucker, Alabama;
      <http://www.dailycamera.com/news/2008/aug/31/northcom-adds-bases-as-
      gustav-powers-up/> Fort Benning, Georgia; Maxwell Air Force Base,
      Alabama; Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi; and Naval Air Station
      Meridian, Mississippi.

      U.S. Navy ships <http://www.wavy.com/Global/story.asp?
      S=8927500&nav=23ii> like the USS Bataan have been told to stand by
      for possible disaster relief missions. Canada has sent one of its
      four enormous transport planes, Boeing C-17 Globemasters
      <http://www.canada.com/ottawacitizen/news/story.html?id=9782de3b-
      6626-4563-be2e-bc833d59640b>, "to the region to assist with medical
      evacuations," according to Canwest News Service. And Canadian Forces
      medical personnel [are headed to Louisiana to] conduct a mass
      evacuation and assist U.S. medical personnel with any medical issues
      over there."

      Even the British military's "Royal Navy Warship HMS Iron Duke and
      Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessel Wave Ruler have now arrived in the
      vicinity of the Cayman Islands <http://caymannetnews.com/breaknews-
      9719--1-1---.html>, ready to render assistance if required in the
      wake of Hurricane Gustav," according to Cayman Net News. But
      perhaps the most startling call for forces comes from Blackwater,
      the controversial prviate security contractor.

      The firm -- which famously patrolled New Orleans after Katrina
      <http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=14707922> --
      is "compiling a list of qualified security personnel for possible
      deployment into areas affected by Hurricane Gustav
      <http://www.thespywhobilledme.com/the_spy_who_billed_me/2008/08/black
      water-gear.html>," according to an e-mail obtained by R.J. Hillhouse
      <http://www.thespywhobilledme.com/>.

      They're looking for current sworn law enforcement officers,
      with "arrest powers" and "armed status (must indicate Armed and/or
      Semi Auto. Revolver only not accepted)."

      The firm is also looking for "current/active/licensed/registered
      armed security officer[s]," but "only from the following states: OR,
      WA, CA, NV, NM, AZ, TX, FL, GA, SC, NC, VA, MD, IL, OK."
      Applicants "must be US citizens," the e-mail notes. "Contract length
      is TBD."

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