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dude, I so win.
Lance Mannion is looking for our favorite non-genital euphemisms.

While this one is fairly striking, I'll have to go with this:

The International Peace Operations Association, a non-profit support arm of the "world's private peace and stability industry" which trains "peace & stability operations practitioners"*

IPOA is the trade association of the mercenary industry, most prominently Blackwater. You can hear their president explain their role here. You might want to keep a paper bag handy.

They're currently lobbying (not that they're registered as lobbyists) to keep "private peace and stability operations practitioners" from being subject to the UCMJ for violations of the UCMJ performed in the course of their "peace and stability operations" because
many legal experts predict the expanded use of UCMJ to try civilians will not survive a constitutional challenge

which is kind of ironic, when you consider that we've been using contractors, among other prominent places, at Gitmo and Abu Ghraib.

Assuming you still want to compete for second, go here.

*the Boston Globe, you probably will not be terribly surprised to hear, supports this interpretation rather uncritically. In fairness, they probably heard about it from a guy in a really good suit. For a less rosy view go here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.
ahhh. -- hmmm?
halleyscomet From: halleyscomet Date: February 20th, 2007 08:13 pm (UTC) (linkie thing)
I wonder what it's like to act with impunity, knowing that no real legal consequences can touch your employees.

I guess once someone gets used to that kind of power, anything that could reign one in is seen as something to be fought, tooth and nail.
ahhh. -- hmmm?