Saturday, December 6, 2008

Blackwater Guards Indicted

For 2007 massacre that killed 17 Iraqi civilians, including children. Rawstory:

A recent report suggests the guards could face up to 30 years in prison.

The State Department, which hires Blackwater guards to protect US diplomats and other military employees, has no comment on the development. Blackwater and the Justice Department have both also refused to comment, CNN reported.

Blackwater's involvement with the shooting became an anti-American rallying cry for insurgents and strained relations between the U.S. and Iraq.

But prosecutors face a hard battle, the Associated Press reported.

The law is unclear on whether contractors can be charged in the U.S., or anywhere, for crimes committed overseas. The indictment sends the message that the Justice Department believes contractors do not operate with legal impunity in war zones.
The report also says the State Dept. just renewed Blackwater's contract in Iraq.

2 comments:

  1. The Indictment of Blackwater Guards is unjust and unacceptable. In Iraq insurgents often dress as civilians and shoot at U.S. troops, then strip their dead comrades of their weapons to make them look like civilians. You can not expect for their to be no civilian casualties when the line between civilian and enemy is blurred. To send men and then charge them when a civilian is accidently killed is wrong. I challenge any one to blame them for defending themselves and defending yours and my freedom. A freedom that all are using by reading and posting blogs like this one

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  2. Challenge accepted. We didn't send Blackwater, they bid on a contract. And as a former Marine, I can assure you this wouldn't have happened had those involved been trained members of the Marine guard. This happened because Blackwater guards are incompetent and privately trained. Indicting them isn't unjust or unacceptable, it's actually the opposite: justice, and what we should expect.

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