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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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God King Lemon (10 hours ago)
oh hell yeah i cant wait to see coka cola get a private military and then send aid to the republic of walmart to then liberate the middle east this is the future not even being sarcastic
Mont Gee (19 hours ago)
Some PMC's are old militias that are racist .
The Nameless King (1 day ago)
How is this sponsored by COD and not Metal Gear!??
R B (1 day ago)
Who gives a fuck let these guys work
Gaurav sharma (2 days ago)
Private military start Ww3 is right design all over the world.
BadNBoujee (3 days ago)
war has always been about money, only difference now is that the actual people doing the fighting have realized they were getting massively underpaid for risking there life
Christian Hilton (3 days ago)
what is the name of the company in the czech republic that trains beginners?
Andy Fetzer (3 days ago)
Hah, they operate in the shadows and arent accountable? Thats a taste of your own medicine
Chaos: International (3 days ago)
"i have successfully privatized world peace"
Krombopulos T (3 days ago)
Yeah I played MGS4.
green95b (4 days ago)
Nothing says "professional" like sticking a pistol in your waistband. SMH.
Dutchy R (4 days ago)
He looked like a total flog
Der Alte (4 days ago)
Mercenaries were extremely common in the past; look the italian wars in the 1400s and 1500s, just as an example.
The Rafidhi Hunter (3 days ago)
Der Alte fuck that was a perfect time for the ottomans to conquer Rome
Mmaxi10 (4 days ago)
fucking mgs came true
Nicholas Cooper (5 days ago)
Obviously governments use them so they will do things their armed forces are not allowed to.
BTsMusicChannel (5 days ago)
As unregulated and un-taxed capitalism thrives, the neo-feudal corporate fascist overlords it produces need their own armies. These assholes don't want to be burdened by rules of engagement or silly treaties regarding human rights.
Qax Madi (5 days ago)
Does this show how the people can overthrow the government become a PMC
Matthew Garcia (5 days ago)
Wasnt one of the reasons spain fell from being a world super power that they had to many mercenaries that they relied on and a weaker military
gardakiz (5 days ago)
This kind of initiative is going under the table and u will never see it on tv even if it may represents the end of state power. Tatcher and Reagan for the financial aspect and now this for the military. In 15 years the fact to walk out on the pedestrian way would be private...
PakMan (7 days ago)
I prefer jihadists but to each their own I guess
All Mountain (7 days ago)
That guy was a paid actor. The tool in the aviators who stuffed his pistol in his pants. I was a real PMC, that was a "Call of Duty" video game reenactment of what PMC's do. Was anyone else here a real contractor? You will agree with me. This is absurd.
Blue Carobs (7 days ago)
0:54 imagine if it went off :/
Andreus Triant (8 days ago)
That guy that talks about serving in the military for money is disgusting, you serve your country and people not for a huge paycheck, they say the best are going to the PMCs by the soldiers remaining in the US army are the people that would fight to the end for their country with as much ferociousness as a Nazi on opioids
Andreus Triant (8 days ago)
When they talk about iraq in the beginning but the video is in Venezuela...
ECO dom (8 days ago)
I don't know if i buy the stature of this Pablo Fidanza. You're a powerful entrepreneur with death threats on your head, yet you seek your own fancy Vice news expose while sporting the same sunglasses I just saw at the Dollar General. Not the $8, but the $6 pair.
Jediael (8 days ago)
Really damn sad that Soldiers don't get paid much
Rick Raven Rumney (9 days ago)
I've been a private contractor for 25 years. I am an American citizen. This is nothing new.
The Drunk Monk (9 days ago)
always power (9 days ago)
US marines and military also get away with murder even murder on civilians
Militaires sans frontières
Jason Pinney (10 days ago)
Vice was much better five years ago , this actually watches like a an underground doc and not a hipster tv show
Keaton Django (11 days ago)
The issue with lawmakers citing fear of PMC's is the hypocrisy. The US military, and many militaries of the world HAVE gotten away with murder. They HAVE operated in the shadow. And here in the US when people have tried to bring these crimes to light they are prosecuted. I share the fear of PMC's but the US military and federal government lost the platform of virtue long ago and because of that, they will lose this fight.
Joe Day (8 days ago)
I thought this was an interesting at first,but then thought what happens when some radical rich Arab sheikh hires them to do whatever he wants (Osama)
Apachurrale Produccion (11 days ago)
The White guys running around all over the place duck run duck, hide. The Mexican cops just stand there there don't give a shit lol like its daily life for them lol
The War Hawk (11 days ago)
0:24 is that war owl?
patrick benjamin (12 days ago)
How much you pay these white people to sell out America!?? Fake!!
Anenome5 (12 days ago)
AnCap Gang where u at
Anenome5 (8 days ago)
+Ransom Butler but it is in constant competition, so if it stops being efficient, it will fail.
Ransom Butler (8 days ago)
Anenome5 ok, I think you are presenting a straw man though, a large enough company simply has to have more money than the others to take control
Anenome5 (8 days ago)
+Ransom Butler defense in a free society is provided through militias and professional defense agencies.
Ransom Butler (8 days ago)
Anenome5 true, until they start knocking down doors and forcing people to pay...oh wait, thats what our government does
Anenome5 (8 days ago)
+Ransom Butler not really. We consumers fund the corporations with our money voluntarily.
Destry Jones (12 days ago)
9:10 There are no rules in war... Thats why we dropped two nuclear weapons on Japan even though they already surrendered after the first bomb and then we dropped a second one because they didn't want to take their emperor out of power... Just saying there are no rules to war.. Innocent people die and that is one of the costs of war.
cj (13 days ago)
10:02 ar-15 m4? Isn't that two separate guns and isn't that an holo sight not red dot technically?
Brenton Edwards (13 days ago)
Bored -_- (13 days ago)
You are bad guy but doesn’t mean you’re bad guy.
Blaze Tobias (14 days ago)
Who remembers the Blackwater burned, dragged and hanged at Fallujah?
Nightmare Core (14 days ago)
The government wants to control everything, they scared of private military? I'm pretty sure there working for them self's and what do they believe in?
andrew dods (12 days ago)
Nightmare Core they’re
In different (14 days ago)
Is this legal
Michael Hyena (14 days ago)
A better traslation for "triple x barrio" would be "tripple x hood", barrio means neighborhood not barrier.
Grant Munk (15 days ago)
On the rise? Private Military/Mercenaries have been around since Ancient Egypt, if not even older.
WHITE BOY1 (15 days ago)
Their soldiers they shouldn't be afraid to pull the trigger like most army's now
WHITE BOY1 (11 days ago)
andrew dods (12 days ago)
WHITE BOY1 they’re. armies
AquaralSS (15 days ago)
Jormungand anybody?
DLT Samurai Ss (15 days ago)
Ok YouTube I watched it
Jack Shephard (15 days ago)
Personally I think PMC’s are bad for war, they are in for money. They could be fighting against ISIS, and be offered more by ISIS. They then join ISIS. They are inbound and unstable. They are needed, but should be kept under a leash.... Also AR15 M4?? Seriously??
RJ Scherer (16 days ago)
if you leave the military just because of pay you shouldve never fucking enlisted
Kalashnikov Inc. (16 days ago)
*Hrrrrnghh.... L I Q U I I I I D !*
vetjoh (18 days ago)
This is so staged it's hilarious
Dogged Contender (19 days ago)
I'm here because of Senator Armstrong.
Dr Inchinati (20 days ago)
https://www.reddit.com/r/Documentaries/comments/2bnsvq/vice_superpower_for_hire_rise_of_the_private/ This whole thing is just a stupid and fake ad. Way to go Vice.
spencer (20 days ago)
Quality COD sponsor
Aaron Mcgibbon (20 days ago)
Cop bastards
Logan Boyle (21 days ago)
So much acting in this
Master Yoda (21 days ago)
I take out anyone as long as I get paid to do it. Don’t matter if your private or government. I’ve seen many private contractors who don’t have the moral obligation and will kill children and rape women in foreign soil. I have no tolerate for those men. I’ve shot someone before and he claimed he is an American yet he work for individual drug cartel.
Byron Pratt (21 days ago)
reminds me of something https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hessian_(soldier)
Freddy Rojas (21 days ago)
Got my foot in the door. Looking to do anti piracy in a out 2 years.
RVC Industries (22 days ago)
The camera men of Vice do not get paid enough....
Woojoo Punch (22 days ago)
"inside vet TV's dark humor's" interviewer slept walk through the whole thing. Was like watching a vegan listen to the reasons why meat is good for you
Aiden Campbell (22 days ago)
0:54 why do idiots keep putting the barrel of a pistol down towards their crotch.. if you don't hit that I'm sure your leg will be fine.. no major arteries there.
coolranchdudes (21 days ago)
One; The gun's firemode is turned to safe. Two; The chamber is empty. Three; It's no more safe than putting the gun on your leg/hip. Four; Quicker draw time. Five; Stop this.
William Styz (22 days ago)
Under fire gotta wear fancy pants
Ethan Hormann (22 days ago)
this guy looks like a joke lmao. the second you tuck your pistol in your belt without a holster you've lost any of my respect you may have had XD
Colin McNeil (23 days ago)
"Presented by Call of Duty Advanced Warfare" What the fuck? Man that's questionable as fuck, yuck Vice.
Reanetse Moleleki (23 days ago)
There was a series about 10 years ago called Jericho. It just dawned on me that the whole "what happens when they start talking over" was what the story was exploring. Too bad it got cancelled after the first season.
Phil Sali (23 days ago)
Volltrottelband rammstein??? Ich hoffe du Kassiest den shitstorm deines leben!!!!!
Rob Parry (23 days ago)
B M I love you xxxx
Fulgore Elite (24 days ago)
if they cant even pull a 360 crossmapping wallbanging no scope then they are not even worth hiring.
maadnor duke (25 days ago)
Where can i sign up for pmc. I broke asf
rohit pal (23 days ago)
i think pmc only hire former military personnel
Nolan Lewis (25 days ago)
1:43 they run up a hill while a guy in a suit is chillin
Regular Dude (25 days ago)
Mercenaries have been around since the invention of the spear and they will always be around. They are just evolving like the world around them.
sneaky tom (25 days ago)
>M81 Uniforms >British Uniforms Logic??
RayRay3686 (25 days ago)
NotHin like a buncH of assHoles wHo tHink tHeir weapon experts in tHe comments
Jamie MIller (27 days ago)
The East India Company already bagged the T-Shirt for this...
Mr Facts (27 days ago)
How fake was the beginning of the horrible reporter that was treated like a VIP and pretended to be under attack lmfao how bout actually reporting all the thousands of innocent people that have been murdered by the them and the tons of crimes that have committed no instead you lie as MSM reporters do and make a report exactly how Blackwater wanted to look morons VICE was great when it first came out yrs ago but then they just turned into another CNN n FOX news station pathetic
guns zen (28 days ago)
Supposedly a legit PMC. The main man sticks a pistol in his pants and rides around on a moped with an overt vest and radio on display in a "hostile environment". Either this was a bunch of actors or they are the poorest PMC ever.
Jacob Nicoletti (27 days ago)
guns zen I was thinking the exact same thing.... “special forces type security”? Yeah you’re supposed to blend in. Lol
Johnnie Jackson (28 days ago)
Ham it up for the camera why dont you
Frank Perry (29 days ago)
Other guy saw God dam Bears here.
unlimited 413 (29 days ago)
That lady was right. These PMCs are getting away with murder.. Blood money..
Charles Sorden (29 days ago)
Many guys who have infantry or special ops service tend to go into PMC work because always have a lot money in that business
George Gebhard (29 days ago)
Roles taken by the government ? No there have been mercs as long as there have been wars.and they fought for the highest bitters
the dark lord satan (29 days ago)
This whole thing looks fake af
Josie Whales (2 days ago)
It's not
the dark lord satan (29 days ago)
Barrio not barrier you fuck
kkk ocybe (29 days ago)
The UN should launch a nuclear inspection, just in case *winks*
Rajat Sh (29 days ago)
*Merryweather* ?
Kevin Mumaw (30 days ago)
Seemed a bit...staged. And the VICE reporter was FAT as shit. Way too fat for actual combat zone reporting. Been in way too many combat zones myself to fall for this crap. STAGED!!
doing nothing (30 days ago)
*Killing and being killed don't seem like a good occupation. GOD BLESS ALL!*
Bradley Weiss (28 days ago)
Agreed. But the Bible says it doesn’t matter what you do for a living it gets to you in the end. So just pick how you want to go out. With a bang or a whimper.
Frankie (29 days ago)
Vladd7 (30 days ago)
i still can't tell if the call of duty plug is a joke or not... an unsettling joke
Hater CZ (30 days ago)
You know, i wanted to join the military in Czech Republic, but they pay a jack shit and don’t give any advantages in life for the service. Now that i know that the best private military academy in Europe is in czech, changes the whole story. It is somthn that I definitely will consider in the future
Hater CZ (22 days ago)
Tybo yaz thanks man, its somethn ill consider in the future as i said.
Hater CZ (22 days ago)
lab6895 😂 if youre good at somthn never do it for free lol Go somewhere else liberal scumfuck
Tybo yaz (28 days ago)
Hater CZ nah g, keep goin at it, everyone has dreams
lab6895 (28 days ago)
Piece of shit wannabe killer
Riley Weed (30 days ago)
Bruce Luxemburg (30 days ago)
There have been private armies for thousands of years. https://www.history.com/news/6-legendary-mercenary-armies-from-history It is less of a "Rise" and more of a recognition.
jjJuma dndcjnchd (30 days ago)
bluewaffle74ab (1 month ago)
Sounds like a gta v mission
Ikromov Kalandarbek (1 month ago)
Holy shit
Steve Wood (1 month ago)
Horseshit. Hollywood Horseshit.
John Doe (1 month ago)
Try as I might, I can’t really say if PMCs having an agenda opposite to the of the American government is a good or bad thing.
The Shpee (1 month ago)
I mean it does sound like their are sellouts ._.
Zagnafain (1 month ago)
*Implying the U.S. military is held accountable for their actions.*
Dark Danger (1 month ago)
The Pinkertins!

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