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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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Tristan Kristan (2 hours ago)
Landsknecht today
Jay DeLamar (11 hours ago)
Put a helmet on the guy wtf lol
cesar febres (20 hours ago)
what I think people don't understand is that PMC's are doing this because their goverment couldn't pay them enough to give their life, people need money and if the only way you know how to make money is shooting then a PMC is your best choice
cesar febres (20 hours ago)
well so basically this guys are everything you pay them to be and you don{t need to worry about their safety? sounds like a mad deal for a rich country
Cesar Vieira (1 day ago)
Merryweather Security?????
da fe (1 day ago)
Lol, the people going about their day are like what the fuck are these clowns doing. Min. 1:45.
Yan Canales (1 day ago)
"War has changed"
hunter roach (2 days ago)
remember army of two???? that's how you get army of two
The Messiah (2 days ago)
When war feeds your family better.
Ciron Silver (3 days ago)
just here for all the vice cucks comments
craigmancool (5 days ago)
Riding bitch on a bitch scooter...
Alex Bodi (5 days ago)
The sniper dude in Ireland..well, he's not in Ireland, he's in Northern Ireland (UK) maybe, all those car plates are British
YUCHENG YAN (5 days ago)
please enjoy our triple A service qaq
Pepe (6 days ago)
Pirates were one of the most popular mercenaries many years ago. Empires were paying pirates just to ''terrorize'' other empires ships. Mercenaries is not something new.
archie perkin (6 days ago)
fake as fuck
S S (6 days ago)
why do we have lines or rules in war when our enemies dont follow them?
S S (6 days ago)
kill them all by any means
Jonatan Montoya (6 days ago)
Oh the LARPING community does CoD?
Chino Vash (7 days ago)
Scary... The US feels nice, and all other places feel like the old west... it is clearly the optics of this video but i worry...
PotatoKilr (7 days ago)
if only there was more risk/reward in militaries...
You play combat in your video games, and bash soldiers in real life. You are protected by Alpha males, because you are soy-boy cowards who couldn't fist fight to defend yourself. Your hairy pitted women, who are not fucked properly by you, are secretly fucking us on the side. The millennial and generation Z "males" are like little French men. Cowards with no muscle or testosterone at all. You are like sheep in a coral, you would be killed by the wolves if not for the sheepdogs, yet you despise the sheepdogs. Pathetic.
noobkilas yomumgei (7 days ago)
stfu u thot vice u r in iraq u can do anything with a gun
Void S. (7 days ago)
God.....I love Anarcho-capitalism
Void S. (7 days ago)
Niccolo Machiavelli would be very disappointed in your choice of words in the title
Top operator....stuffs his pistol down the crotch of his waistband lmao. That customer paid for a fool!
Harley Temlin (8 days ago)
Why are they using AK47's?
ImNord (7 days ago)
Good rifle.
gbfh8 11nm (8 days ago)
This is so fucking misleading it’s pitiful to see how far vice has fallen. PMC are NOT mercenaries. Mercenaries are guns for hire, they fight wars for the highest bidder, conducting OFFENSIVE and DEFENSIVE actions and are illegal around the world. A PMC is basically a security guard on steroids, they’re not paid to fight wars. A PMC role is to protect a person and/or property, they take DEFENSIVE actions only, but they often work in the most dangerous places which is why they are armed the way they are.
gbfh8 11nm (8 days ago)
+DCM88 No its not. Try reading the definition of what a mercenary is under the Geneva Convention. The base of it is someone who is paid to fight in an armed conflict and is not part of a national army. Pmc are not paid to fight they are paid to protect people/property. Thats like saying an armored car guard is the same thing as a police officer.
DCM88 (8 days ago)
still a mercenary under the Geneva Convention. Nice try with the sells pitch tho.
Truthshock 5000 (8 days ago)
Its not these hirred goons that are the prime problem but the mass murders called politicians who always get away!
Truthshock 5000 (8 days ago)
Rich mans wars poor mans blood.
We will forsake our countries...we will leave our motherlands behind us and become one with this earth. We have no nation, no philosophy, no ideology. We go where we're needed, fighting not for country, not for government, but for ourselves. We need no reason to fight. We fight because we are needed. We will be the deterrent for those with no other recourse. We are soldiers without borders, our purpose defined by the era we live in. We will sometimes have to sell ourselves and services. If the times demand it, we'll be revolutionaries, criminals, terrorists. And yes, we may all be headed straight to hell. But what better place for us than this? Its our only home. Our heaven and our hell. This is Outer Heaven.
Tom B/aka bones (9 days ago)
Yeah it's the storyline for the campaign mode of Advanced Warfare
mr nobody (9 days ago)
White-tards
mr nobody (9 days ago)
Can I hire them to destroy America? If yes, then I don't need to create terrorist group anymore
Hahaha ... Mercenaries, new? What the fuck. You never played age of empires? Newb
Captain Ghost (9 days ago)
Mercenaries are illegal under the Geneva Convention
conservat1vepatr1ot (10 days ago)
It sounds amazing until you have to put people down that you know did nothing to ask for the incredible force you and your "friends" are. At least when I was deployed by the U.S. I could blame my country..
akonicki3 (10 days ago)
Why does the guy at 0:30 have his brights on?
Zdrajev (10 days ago)
"It appears to me that these contractors can literally get away with murder." What about all the civies killed by "legit" arty called in by officers, BITCH?
Military meats capitalism and does a better job them government police and military personnel becomes they work for $ and profit not a political or government ideology!
Pin Balls (11 days ago)
Yeah well start fucking paying people more to attract those who fight for money. What the hell is wrong with wanting to get paid more in exchange for risking your life? Stop making promises of fake bonuses, fk the military.
Timber Ghost (11 days ago)
Where do we sign up at???
leonK456 (11 days ago)
generic badguy number88 entered the server XD
RAY C (11 days ago)
@0:21, two KLR650's
Brandon Emmons (11 days ago)
"Presented by call of duty advanced warfare" lmao thats like a back to school commercial being sponsored by glock or Winchester
Saiful Islam Saief (11 days ago)
Bloody Murderer... Hate For U
Desi J Richert (12 days ago)
The whole point of being a mercenary is that your mission may not jive with the place of your citizenship, duh. Come on people, grow the fuck up and realize what is going on. Mercenaries have been used for thousands of years and I sincerely doubt that most have jived with their country of origin. To think that they do is pretty stupid!
Robert Laube (12 days ago)
So our troops are really no more than insurgents hahaha wow. So the military is seperate from the governing power? sounds like rome. We're terrorist just like them man WTF. get p.m.c the fuck out.
Mr.Potato (12 days ago)
Putting a pistol in your pants, pointing to your genitals, Hmmmmm
scott cunningham (12 days ago)
maybe pay the military more?
chris gast (12 days ago)
THIS is part of the reason why rich people are evil.
Иван Иванов (12 days ago)
These guys ate killing kids all over the world and when it comes to a equal fighy e.g. syria ukraine they lost badly
Иван Иванов (12 days ago)
Cowan = cohen
Иван Иванов (12 days ago)
Vice= zionist filth
Иван Иванов (12 days ago)
WTF are these muppets going through a neibourhood full of kids with loaded guns.
Rusty B. (13 days ago)
Countries are corporations.
Mrmcfeffers (13 days ago)
*capitalism level 99%*
ImNord (7 days ago)
Well, Venezuela is capitalist.
Damir Radoncic (13 days ago)
The Roman empire fell partly due to the fact of centruries of outsourcing of military operations to Goths, Franks and other German tribes. Romes plundering in the 4th century was made by a Goth Roman General that fought for the Romans for a long time. You just wait until these highly trained forces start internal rebellions in first world countries.
Bimmergeek335 (13 days ago)
That senator shouldn't be in office. You don't need a badge to do the samething national militaries do.
Trish Foley (13 days ago)
PW Singer is either incorrect or lying....the primary reason for PMC's is "stop loss control". It costs more the hire PMCs....but the real issue is the government does want to lose people...it's just that simple. Singer starts the conversation with "America's win way of war" when in reality it's the world's old way of war...Xenophon writes the Persian Expedition circa 400 BC....and professional armies for hire wasn't a new idea then either. In fact the idea of "national armies" didn't take hold in Europe until the 17th century...so give us a break.
Amaar Al-Hayder (13 days ago)
blackwater Erik Prince is a criminal...
Maco5555 (13 days ago)
sorry senator but these PMC's are winning wars.
Twixic (13 days ago)
25 a day, holy
Welp this is here (13 days ago)
Yea mercenary armies. History tells me this never ends well.
kartik rock star (13 days ago)
Then what is the difference between the terrorist training and them?
Zyriab (13 days ago)
You guys speak of PMC as if it was something new; but PMC exist since at least the middle ages; they were used a lot in Centre-South African territories during the later half of the 20th century as well; during the civil wars and such. Belgium hired PMCs in the 60's because they didn't wanted to send their soldiers in the field (they stayed in the major cities), for example.
tehgreatmutato (13 days ago)
The dude talking at 13:00 Seriously? Wtf does he think the US government (and other governments) actually do? 😂
I dont Not sweat (14 days ago)
shouldnt it be congresswoman
Karakter222 (14 days ago)
A bit closer to Outer Heaven
Miles Berlin (14 days ago)
They spelt Paolo Fidanza's name wrong, and that guy is heading a company that's allowing companies to predict the emotional states of consumers to get them to buy more things and further control them.
Walter Nash (14 days ago)
Don’t pay us military below their value?
Glockmeister 357 (14 days ago)
Damn "elite contractor "my ass the stupid son of a bitch can't even get a holster for his piece of shit 1911
fission (14 days ago)
The problem with this video is that it makes it seem as though mercenaries (PMC) are something new and dangerous but I don't think it would be a stretch to say that armies for hire are as old as war itself, but instead of corporations being hired it was nomadic people or defunct armies. The real problem I see with using them though is the fact that they are really bad for countries.
Hugo Stryhanyn (14 days ago)
PMC contractor: Private Military Contractor Contractor. :/
Jason (14 days ago)
Corporations rule the world, welcome to the future.
Socrates (14 days ago)
Where is big boss?
Khalief Budi Indrawan (14 days ago)
who is that human?
jan frouz (14 days ago)
oh damn! cool
Ron Pearson (15 days ago)
These guys are super power military? They have no sniper support, no drones, no air support, no artilary support. If they dont invest in real military hardware they are going to be sorry. Multiple sniper support with barret M82 and AP rounds is a no brainer. I would also want significant hell fire drone support as well, when the crap gets thick I would want the means to rain down hell, you wont find me in hand cuffs. In fact I think private militaries should be developing tactical nukes. What ever it takes to stay out of hand cuffs or getting killed. A tac nuke is the ultimate leverage either stand down or we end your entire civilization
A History Nut (15 days ago)
Hard to believe the guy who created the modern PMC is related to our current Secretary of Education
lelorenzo (15 days ago)
Private military criminals How can you let Eric Prince get away with such lies and portray him in any positive light ? Are you even trying to be a journalist ? They were guilty of the Nisour square massacre.
Xan Melton (15 days ago)
Sellswords, Mercenaries, PMC's their all the same thing. I have no problem with them really, but Vice they've been around since before warfare. PMC is just a flashy title for the same old thing.
Jesse S (15 days ago)
You don't have the support that US Soldiers have. Robert Pelton wrote a good book.
Very interesting video! Congratulations.
Soba (15 days ago)
Keep in mind everyone this is a video done by Leftist Champions VICE News, the partisan News channel. A lot of PMC’s hold onto their loyalty to their nations, and most of them just felt they couldn’t do enough while in the Military.
paul omondi (15 days ago)
yep, its the Ameriguns again
Ghulam Mustaffa (7 days ago)
What a shame we humans are arming devil through Robots and now even human Robots Please somebody stop this before they will destroy the world or before they will will become a toy in the hands of wealthy and ultra rich people and Dajal term used in Muslim world as anti christ.
Ghulam Mustaffa (7 days ago)
Yes dear friend I had miss spelled
Onofrio Bacigalupo (9 days ago)
Do you mean robots?
Ross (15 days ago)
taking elite skills? personal is overwieght and barely able to run @7:15
Patrol Pilot (15 days ago)
The government not liking PMC's because they are not 100% under their control. Politicians don't care about collateral damage, they are afraid they might lose influence. Full stop.
Christopher Cruz (16 days ago)
4:17 Solider: you will be recognized for the valor efforts vs Mercenary: who cares what you did.
Dheeraj George (16 days ago)
its like going back in time when kingdoms raised militias and hired mercenaries instead of having standing armies
John Smith (16 days ago)
Bad commercial posing as journalism.
danpt2000 (16 days ago)
A Private Mercenary group is hardly a super power
viking1 (16 days ago)
PMC in a nutshell: Just make sure you pay them more than anyone else and nothing will go wrong 😆
rothauspils123 (16 days ago)
"Presented by Call of Duty" I stopped watching right there.
1johnnygunn (16 days ago)
Guys don't really seem to know history mercenaries were more prevalent than standing armies especially in Western Europe mean look at the American revolution, Hessians were big component of the British military
yustformusic (16 days ago)
They are just plain terrorist for hire, they kill, destabilize and follow a money idiology.
Ron C (17 days ago)
Vice news CEO confessed that he is a communist. F-ck vice news.
MoonPuffle (17 days ago)
Imagine being a really good sniper spotter and being a god at Finding Waldo.
Cihan Saracoglu (17 days ago)
More like killer for hire...
epiclolyay (17 days ago)
These companies could overthrow the government
savvas S (17 days ago)
How does someone, even in the army, end up setting their own business and have their own rifles when its illegal even for soldiers to have rifles off duty? Even if they have a license how?

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