Since there seems to be some confusion as to what a mercenary is, here's the definition:
2. A mercenary is any person who:
(a) is specially recruited locally or abroad in order to fight in an armed conflict;
(b) does, in fact, take a direct part in the hostilities;
(c) is motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a Party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party;
(d) is neither a national of a Party to the conflict nor a resident of territory controlled by a Party to the conflict;
(e) is not a member of the armed forces of a Party to the conflict; and
(f) has not been sent by a State which is not a Party to the conflict on official duty as a member of its armed forces.
Again, I was not there... maybe it's only my learned skepticism when criminal trials might have political consequences. I'm not taking sides, here. Just wondering.
Have a great day A
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the post above (Jury: Ex-Blackwater contractors guilty in 'outrageous' Nusoor Square shooting)
Note portion "D"
I don't see why it's so hard. We want very specialized jobs done by particular individuals who have a subject matter expertise that is not available from the regular Armed Forces, so we contract it out. For example, a lot of our notebooks and whatnot are made by a particular contractor who hires Blind Americans. I've always thought that was kind of cool, and it keeps us from having to make our own notebooks. We also have contractors who provide specialized logistical, engineering, or computing expertise.Yea, that's the hard part.
I don't like them at all, but they have their uses.
Military members are expected to be more Jack-of-all-Trades. When I was active duty, for example, I had to trade off the time and energy I devoted to my "job" with the time and energy I had to devote to doing "Marine Stuff". I had to learn leadership, mentoring, physical fitness, go through ridiculous amounts of mandatory annual, semi-annual, and quarterly training, conduct off-site training events (rifle ranges, swim qualifications, gas chamber qualifications, NCO course, SNCO course), etc. so on and so forth, and at the end of the day, the more I excelled at my job, the more likely I was to end up doing administration instead.
Some jobs need dedicated specialists.
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Originally Posted by A. de Tocqueville
The vast majority of contractors have already served in the military with many having SOF experience. In fact most of the more combat related jobs combat arms military service is mandatory before you can be hired.
But hey don't let the fact that you don't have any idea what you are talking about keep you from having an opinion on the topic
I think Furhman (and crew) did more to get OJ off than anything.
Di you have any issue with the evidence that was presented?
I recall a few ex-jurors after the trial thinking it was likely that OJ did it, but not with the evidence and witnesses they were given.