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Superpower for Hire: Rise of the Private Military

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Click here to subscribe to VICE: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-VICE Vice takes an unprecedented look into the shadowy industry of Private Military Companies. For the past two decades these private companies, like Black Water, Aegis and G4S have silently consumed military operations around the world, doing everything from back end logistics, protection of government VIP's and diplomats to actual combat duties. In this documentary we explore the origins of this industry, their rise in the war on terror and their future operations around the world. Check out our full video catalog: http://bit.ly/VICE-Videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://vice.com Like VICE on Facebook: http://fb.com/vice Follow VICE on Twitter: http://twitter.com/vice Read our tumblr: http://vicemag.tumblr.com Follow us on instagram: http://instagram.com/vice
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Collin Gould (10 hours ago)
Like Atlas...
Robo Cop (1 day ago)
Also, vice is a piece of s*it
Robo Cop (1 day ago)
That last guy is a fu*king liar. It can happen, but you'll get wiped the fu*k out afterwards by the real military complex. You're fu*king idiots if you think you can do whatever you want. These are just figures on a chess board being moved by bigheads in DC and other capitols. You got a gun? Uhhhuhu I got a motherfucking tomahawk bitch. You really think you're stronger than the real military, think again.
Eddy K. (1 day ago)
the woman at 12:12 is actually saying the things GOVERMENTS DO and of course.. only the GOV can be corrupt right?
Agapios Agapiou (1 day ago)
That wat happens if politics involved to everything.
Nate Sturm (2 days ago)
These guys aren't skilled in any way, shape, or form. Yeah, some of them may have been military trained or previous SWAT but just in the first 54 seconds you see a dude put his pistol in his pants pointing as his dick. People with REAL training and know how would have a holster. These guys are just wannabe thugs.
L Clarke (2 days ago)
Bunch of unskilled Barney Fifes running around, that's all...and Vice glomming on as wannabes, per their usual M.O. If I was the VIP, I'd be like "Get your fucking hands off me, Barney!"
Emma Hannigan (3 days ago)
that buzzfeed unsolved song tho >
Nutty Tubber (4 days ago)
Lol it’s Palolo not Pablo
Bosco (4 days ago)
Outer Heaven
Miguel Conti (6 days ago)
This is amazing! I am super pro privatisation. If you pay someone or something it will work better. The places these people work in are ruthless and this is exactly what we need
Grymm Reapier (6 days ago)
Drug dealers stop using mopeds cause of lack of offroad abilites. They get chases of street and had trouble going thru gang ways. 4 wheeler is the key
Grymm Reapier (6 days ago)
If they really wanted his vip they get him. It's there neighborhood. A day care can turn into an armory in minutes the coffee shop an fort. Best strategy low profile as possible why make yourself an target
Paul Racine (7 days ago)
Too many, watching too much Call of Duty!
travis hernandez (7 days ago)
11:29 didnt know brandon frazier is a pmc
Internet Entity (7 days ago)
The IMPERIUM is the future.
Sambo Slick (7 days ago)
R.I.P Ryan Dunn in the thumbnail
tim oreilly (7 days ago)
and none of them will survive the nukes
Alexus Stukov (9 days ago)
Hoping to see Cpt. Price and company! Opps! Wrong version of the game!
CelticBommer (9 days ago)
2 minutes in and I think this"security professional" is a douchebag.
Joey Aguilar (9 days ago)
Where do these experts go for work once the job market gets saturated or demand recedes. HF
Open Mind (9 days ago)
Good forces tackle bad forces..what is going on around the world killing each other...sad this is not life,should be create people whose spread peace and tells life is priceless...
Shadow N (9 days ago)
Let's be honest, if you get paid good money in the private sector to do the work that you would do for a bunch of thankless hypocrites in power less money, who would you rather work for. I think the answer is obvious (money talks) 💰💰💰💰💰💰😎
Shadow N (9 days ago)
Power less money
Shadow N (9 days ago)
correction: power for less money not
PMCs ain't bad guys and despite making bank have a pretty shitty job. Blackwater gave all Pmcs a bad name now everyone looks at them like some sort of paid death squad.
Jorge Warcrimes (9 days ago)
Where theirs a need, someone will provide. Apparently, there's a need for PMCs.
Ryan Bateman (9 days ago)
this is a fake vid, anyone can tell
Ryan Bateman (9 days ago)
sounds like a decent job lol
Adam Kallaev (9 days ago)
The guy from the plane is working for vice, i've seen him in other videos, this is fake AF
TVTruther (9 days ago)
I see...so your government can hire a Private Army and it's all ok and "legal," but have the Militia organize, train and protect at certain incidents, then that's all bad, illegal even though the Milita Act makes it all legal. makes sense..lol As long as a Army works for the Big Money, then it's ok, so it was never about the concern about american citizens, it was all about control and thwarting any threat to the Federal Reserve notes and powers...i get it
Mamzar Faisal (10 days ago)
0:15 ready to join Atlas private security
MVP (10 days ago)
4:03 Mmbillion
vullrath (11 days ago)
this whole thing looks fake and something out of a bad video game / movie... like top gun wannabes or some shit lol
Robby Benjamin (11 days ago)
Yarrr dey be Privateers
Roy Cullin (11 days ago)
Many of his employees have been killed though. Protecting shit heads.
EWE! (11 days ago)
EvenStar LoveAnanda (11 days ago)
You gonna loose control of them, when they get too big and take over the Government. And there will be rogue elements who will be also uncontrollable and create great harm to all of us. Mark my word!!!
Keyboard (1 day ago)
No government worth talking about would let that happen. They have a gun and a few armored vehicles. Nice. National armies have hundreds or thousands of tanks, missiles, attack helicopters, air forces, etc.
LC 716 (12 days ago)
I love in the beginning the guys escorting you, at the same using you as a human shield for gun fire 😂 jackass
Russell Quandt (12 days ago)
Was offered 6 figure positions after leaving the Marine Corps. Would have performed work all over the world though most likely maritime and middle east. Lots of varied security details, asset protection, and intelligence/monitoring type oversight work. Would have gotten a TS clearance. Now i'm racking up debt looking into masters programs in college, facing down the corporate/litigation world. Funny how life works.
jose pinho (12 days ago)
jose pinho (12 days ago)
Jamal Sekou (12 days ago)
An over reliance on mercenaries worked out really well for the Romans, didn't it?
Logan Willis (13 days ago)
Not all mercs are American
Max (14 days ago)
MaNameMaJEFF (15 days ago)
*War has changed...*
ohhellnoyoudidnt (15 days ago)
I was a hired gun from a PMC Falujah.... everyone was out to kill me. because I was Iranian, the locals had a hard time figuring me out
Shaurya Joshi (16 days ago)
One of the oldest professions in the world next to prostitution.
Alex Garcia (16 days ago)
Where do I apply?
rich b (16 days ago)
So when one of these guys gets killed, his mother is not devastated?? His father does not have a MI and a stroke from the grief of his sons death ?? Don’t fool yourselves. One of these guys gets plugged and families are destroyed. Ain’t nothing cool about that. And the money factor just adds to the life of pain the loved ones will feel.
Jhoshua Wolfox (17 days ago)
When there is weapons involved, it's all about murder. Pmc's aren't a way to excuse any murder, but a way to keep the wrong people from getting murdered. Man, who are these folks that are allowed to share their thoughts on this channel? They are garbage, especially if a 21yo like me on a youtube has to teach em the way life really is.
Space Monkey 1959 (17 days ago)
9:50 u two looks like brother
BeTheDeathOfMe (18 days ago)
There is no difference between a country and a corporation.
Rock White (19 days ago)
So people can only fight for you politicians and can`t fight fo themself? why those people want money so much to risk their life? In fact, they take guns and gambled on their lives, not because they are emotionless, loving, homeless and bloodthirsty, but because they have too much emotion, too much love, wife &child . 、Society hurt them. they Choice not fight for the guy who can make 1000000$ in a hour haveing connection with lot of politicians who want Conquer this nation and conquer that nation. they just want live thier lifes which has taken away 。
Theuziguy (19 days ago)
Thanks, Big boss...
Greg Poirier (19 days ago)
What's the point of having " Boots on the Ground" when at the flick of a switch, a City's electricity supply is cut off?
HellFighterz (18 days ago)
Because the enemy can still fight and conduct operations without having an operable electrical grid.. generators.. light sources that run on batteries, shit even candles torches, and lanterns. Having boots on ground would mean sending in a military force to wage war and to flush out the enemy house by house, building by building, cave by cave. Look at what happened in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, the Pacific theater in WW2, etc etc. The mission of the Marine Corps rifle squad is to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver or to repel the enemy's assault by fire and close combat. That is exactly what will happen whether or not the enemy has power and it doesn't matter if the enemy is foreign or domestic.
N S (19 days ago)
no one ever killed or injured in blackwater? what a load of shit. blackwater pmc's suffered more casualties than anyone else
madness1383 (17 days ago)
hes talking about their clients
Ben White (20 days ago)
The reason they expanded was cause after Vietnam conscription was off the table and the government needed people to do logistics security and base security which in the old days was done by soldiers cause you had an abundance of them but now the army needs all the manpower they can get.
tredo in the cut (20 days ago)
I know he did not just say PMCs are as amercian as thxgiving day
Colin Hay (20 days ago)
Private armies quickly destroyed the Roman Republic, leading to 4 centuries of dictatorship.
Erik Ahl (21 days ago)
Blackwater is really shady ive heard a lot of shit about them involving dead civs.
Keri Watt (21 days ago)
So we call our American mercs.... But any other is called "terrorist" ?
Keri Watt (21 days ago)
These mercs will get takin out and betrayed just like everybody else that deals with the devil's..... Anybody notice how Israel the bankers and corps have betrayed every single group that dealt with them? Good Luck dealing with the machine soldiers they building to cover up their crimes using merc squads. The elite will tie up their lose ends to cover their own ass.
Keri Watt (21 days ago)
Hit squads
Keri Watt (21 days ago)
Traitors ... Protecting the traitors. Private merks are like the Roman soldiers....
Brian Jacobsen (21 days ago)
Corporations been using US military for Corporations for years. By using PMC as Corporate goon squads. Less rules to follow. This is not good. For.anyone
Michael c (21 days ago)
Idiots give real professional soldiers a bad name.
Greg Ryans (21 days ago)
Diamond Dogs!!!!
Conor Griffith (21 days ago)
Unless the Covenant or the Bugs show up, this is how wars are going to be fought on this planet thanks to the decline of conventional warfare and nukes to limit conventional warfare at least between industrialized nations. The world kind of pretended the Congo Wars weren't happening... I don't like the idea of private armies but I think the threat they pose is exaggerated in movies or games for dramatic effect.
Martin Ersatz (21 days ago)
So taxpayers pay to train up the staff of mercenary firms who make fat profits off the back of it. Nice.
Thanh Dinh (22 days ago)
This is pure capitalism. These things would never happen in a socialism country
Paladinus Domini (22 days ago)
The Geneva convention changed war. For better or worse, time will tell.
preston geese (23 days ago)
there thing the Government has done that we don't know know about
Iorek (23 days ago)
7:21 that guy is too fat to be in any combat zone, he waddles like a duck
Mario Herrera (23 days ago)
I wanna join the pmc business now
Stephen Lock (24 days ago)
laszlo katona (24 days ago)
It's a little boys adventure
armin harper (24 days ago)
Perhaps if the gov payed more money to and took better care of their soldiers then there would be no need for mercenary companies in iraq and Afghanistan. These soldiers are literally rusking their lives for the country and alongside the firefighters and doctors should have the biggest salary and rewards from the gov, instead they come back to empty houses and families who hve bandoned them nd turn into hobos.
Hourani (24 days ago)
wtf is a call of duty plug?
Vesto lord (25 days ago)
You might as well call them a mix of mercenaries/Privateers
CHill TACtics (25 days ago)
How tf were u able to take call of duty ?
Mario Bugeja (25 days ago)
all usa need is a team like SAS AND YOU SOLVE ALL THE PROBLEM
CHill TACtics (25 days ago)
To bad Russians suck
Wass Grey (27 days ago)
> elite >puts gun in pants Yeah no
Francisco Silva (27 days ago)
1 minute in, "this is the wrong fucking place to be". You think?
imLANK_ow (27 days ago)
real life mercenaries lmao
imLANK_ow (27 days ago)
0:50 real life call of duty mw2 map? + call of duty plug was kinda making me like hm....
m215 tactical group (28 days ago)
4:52 the laziest right face ive ever seen
AtoB Clips (28 days ago)
Which is exactly what the rich 1% want. so that they can control the world. Capitalism doesnt lead to anything else but a ruling elite. Now is the time for change. Change or live with big brother.
Keyboard (1 day ago)
This video is extremely dramatic. Security contractors are nowhere near being able to significantly strong arm governments like they claim. The ones producing the toys they use might be able to throw around their weight to a certain degree, with their economic influence, but these contractors are jokes compared to actual militaries. They're very well paid, very well trained, very skilled bodyguards/security guards. That's it. They can protect VIPS and installations. They have neither the men, money, or material to conduct offensives against nation states.
Wenceslao Futanaki (29 days ago)
they're all mercenaries, soldiers even
Mr.Darkness (29 days ago)
“Most advanced military technology” Actual Sniper: “Oh, it’s just a M4 with a red dot.”
Ilja Muromez (29 days ago)
Why not just fly over that neighborhood?
Matthew Dobbs (30 days ago)
It is absolutely wrong! Simon Mann is absolutely right. There isca place for mercenaries, but they must not replace a national military in enacting a nation's political will....America is attempting to move too far in this direction under trump and the GOP.
Don Minale (30 days ago)
Only clown with license to kill ... no honour code at all .
Floridaboi 904 (30 days ago)
Hell yea nothing says safe like riding on the back of a moped wrapping your arms around another man's waist with a vest on😂😂😂😂
Glaudge (30 days ago)
FYI "private military contractors" are almost ALWAYS intelligence agencies in disguise (KGB, CIA, MI6 etc) to do military-ish missions in cases where there would not be normal military support
skeets (30 days ago)
You dont pay a Merc they go home, simple concept
Puf (1 month ago)
I Can now see the fruit of Big Boss' Hard work THANKS BOSS!
jacknifedbl (1 month ago)
Soo when will they have pmc space Marines?
Priyang Shukla (1 month ago)
Stupid people this how East Indian company ruined India one day these people will turn against ordinary people in every country for corporate greed
Brandon Norsworthy (1 month ago)
favela from mw2

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