Shadow Company

86 MINS2006TVG
directors
Nick BicanicJason Bourque
Starring
Robert Young PeltonPeter Warren SingerAlan W. BellCobus Claassens
With over $100 Billion in annual revenues and 70000 employees in Iraq alone, the private military industry is booming, yet few civilians know anything about it.  What are we really risking by allowing profit-motivated corporations into the business of war? 


In the late 20th Century the distinction between soldier and mercenary became blurred. The recent use of private military companies (PMCs) in Iraq has been more extensive than at any time in modern history. The brutal killing of four PMC employees in Fallujah in April 2004 made it clear that these "contractors" are not merely workers in a foreign land. But are the lives of such men the only thing at risk when we privatize warfare?

SHADOW COMPANY explores the moral and ethical issues private military solutions create for PMC employees, for the Western governments who foot the bill for their salaries, and for everyday citizens like you. The filmmakers traveled the globe to expose all sides of the issue, interviewing PMC staff, owners and lobbyists, former mercenaries, academics, journalists and top authors. So what is really at risk?

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