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Iraq Moves to End Mercenary Immunity

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Posted on Sep 25, 2007
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An Iraqi bikes past what is left of one of the cars involved in the Blackwater shooting that led to the security organization’s suspension.

Legislation that will be submitted to the Iraqi parliament would end immunity for private security contractors and make them subject to Iraqi law. The former Coalition Provisional Authority’s Order 17 currently keeps contractors in a legal bubble, making prosecution next to impossible.


BBC:

A spokesman for the Iraqi interior ministry, Maj-Gen Abdul Kareem Khalaf, said the new guidelines would cover everything to do with the operations of private security contractors.

“The companies will come under the grip of Iraqi law, will be monitored by the interior ministry and will work under its guidelines,” he said.

“They will be strictly punished for any [violations] on the street.”

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By lawlessone, September 26, 2007 at 11:16 am Link to this comment
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We should be similarly ending the immunity of Bush Cheney.  Why haven’t impeachment proceedings been started on them?

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By thomas billis, September 25, 2007 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment
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Those crazy Iraqi’s.They must be reading the state department press releases about a sovereign and democratic Iraq.People of Iraq you have a better chance of becoming the 51st state than trying Blackwater personnel in” your"country.It will make the interior ministry rich by the bribes that will be paid everytime some infraction occurrs.But isn’t that the real reason for this mission to make people rich in America and Iraq while the little people lose their children.If we can agree on this finally we can hang “mission accomplished"with pride.

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By ABC Psych, September 25, 2007 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment
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I’m cheering for them to be successful.  Bush keeps blathering on about Democracy. Bring it on!

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By DennisD, September 25, 2007 at 6:24 pm Link to this comment
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I’d like to know what fantasy world any Iraqi is in when he or she thinks they actually have a say in what happens in their own country. Welcome to the new world dictatorship courtesy of Bu$h Inc.

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By Ga, September 25, 2007 at 5:43 pm Link to this comment

Yes, let us see if Iraq can act on their own, or will captitulate to American demands.

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By QuyTran, September 25, 2007 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment

Let’s wait and see !

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