"The privatization of war hands an incentive to American corporations, many with tremendous political clout, to keep us mired down in Iraq . But even more disturbing is the steady rise of this modern Praetorian Guard. The Praetorian Guard in ancient Rome was a paramilitary force that defied legal constraints, made violence part of the political discourse, and eventually plunged the Roman Republic into tyranny and despotism. Despotic movements need paramilitary forces that operate outside the law, forces that sow fear among potential opponents, and are capable of physically silencing those branded by their leaders as traitors. And in the wrong hands, a Blackwater could well become that force." They have already shown us the possibilities as they stepped in to terrorize the Katrina victims in New Orleans ...they are trained to turn on us.