Toby C
Toby C

Hi Proteus, many thanks for the concise answers! In response to your question. First, revisiting ‘Katrina’ provides a useful template on how Blackwater (among other Private Military Companies – PMC’s) will typically operate in domestic disorder situations. This link is an article written by Jeremy Scahill wo has done a lot of investigation into the growth and (often worrying) use of PMC’s, here he focuses on New Orleans and the aftermath of Katrina:


If for some reason you find yourself at the wrong end of an elite unit, my advice would be (if running is not an option) comply with their demands and if you are going to complain or explain do it further down the custodial chain. Fighting, reasoning, refusing especially in a disrupted civil environment is like going to get you very hurt or worse… While no longer in the military and therefore not fully up to speed with the most recent set of Rules Of Engagement (ROE, and remember these are operation and even mission specific so can and do change) I know when I was in if we were tasked with collecting an individual, or group, they would get collected, meeting the individual or group and returning without them was not seen as an option. Any ‘pleas of innocence’ would be comprehensively ignored. Troop safety is normally top priority, so anything deemed as a threat to that would be met swiftly and with appropriate force.

A fair few folks in this forum enjoy the work of Marc MacYoung. Here he writes about complying with the police:


Bear in mind this is advice for dealing with a police force, dealing with a known issue, under intense scrutiny. PMC’s operating to their own rules, in a crisis, with no media oversight are going to be far more ‘carefree and robust’ in the discharge of their duties and far more likely to shoot first and not even ask questions…

Hope this helps!

As an aside there is an excellent site run by a katrina survivor with a well structured layout and a bunch of great advice http://www.theplacewithnoname.com/blogs/klessons/