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Blackwater Guards Indicted for Shootings

Posted on Dec 8, 2008

A Blackwater helicopter flies over a bust of Saddam Hussein.

Five Blackwater guards were indicted on charges of manslaughter on Monday in a case that will test the legal accountability of private contractors in Iraq. A sixth guard pleaded guilty. The Blackwater employees killed 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians without justification at a Baghdad traffic circle, the Justice Department alleges.

New York Times:

According to the indictments, the Blackwater guards disobeyed orders by leaving their base to respond to reports of a car bomb. Upon arriving at Nisour Square, the indictments said, the guards moved into the circle against the flow of traffic and, without warning, began firing.

The shootings were without provocation or justification, said Patrick Rowan, the assistant attorney general for national security. “The consequences were devastating,” he said.

The company has not said if it is paying the legal fees of the guards facing charges, although a Blackwater spokeswoman said last week that the company did so in some instances.

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By Little Brother, December 9, 2008 at 5:22 pm Link to this comment

Yes, it’s mildly gratifying that a handful of heinous criminals will be prosecuted for war crimes. At least this time there’s hard evidence and witness testimony, and thus improved prospects that, as Jeremy Scahill noted in an article in “The Nation”, a “sort” of justice will be achieved.

Even a “friendly”, gun & violence-respecting venue can’t sink to the level of wanton misfeasance practiced by military justice agencies, with their penchant for giving barbaric monsters a friendly spin through a revolving door after cursory and mendacious investigations designed to eliminate incriminating evidence even before charges are filed.

Still, the fact that, as Scahill accurately describes it, the “bad apple narrative” is still being invoked, there’s every prospect that even convictions will be an anomaly or exception that won’t set a precedent or lead to further rigorous adjudication.

I hope it turns out that civil actions may still be brought against the Blackwater Corporation, so that they don’t emerge unscathed and as strong or stronger than ever.

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By yellowbird2525, December 9, 2008 at 2:36 pm Link to this comment

Our politicians, starting with Bush, Cheney, & the rest, members of the Pentagon, their “contractors” who work so very well with them, & on to Govenors, county & city: who have conspired to harm the people of the USA & take it on globally with the you can do whatever you want whereever you want & never be brought to justice: they are the most criminal & corrupt system ever seen on the planet & THEY are the ones who should be brought to justice; however, with Bob Gates stating: THEIR agenda: which is there is no international law: simply means that THEY are going to ruin every country & bring them to their knees: so that a few “chosen” can RULE thru GREED & never ever social need nor govern for the good of the people. THIS is the “dictatorship’ so cleverly disguised at “freedom”; and THIS is how they are doing it: running from country to country bribing the heads of Governments & then taking away the land & water rights of every country: & if they choose NOT to go the corrupt way of the USA & it’s Corps who sit down & run it: they will overthrow THAT Government & put one in as corrupt as they are. ALERT: they have already put poisoning into the farm supplies folks: purposly poisoning the FOOD SUPPLY of pigs in Ireland, & England: and into the SOY food supply here in the USA of organic chickens. THEIR plan is THIS: you will ONLY be allowed to eat what THEY will sell you; NOTHING will be sold that is organic, natural, wholesome, good for you. Tyson"s chickens: represented as being raised without chemicals, growth hormones, etc: put BOTH into the “eggs” before they were hatched: THIS is the deception that folks call “freedom” or “democracy”; just like they told the heads of countries to HOLD ONTO the food supply until they got higher prices: just like they do in the USA! THEY are RADIATING foods: to kill all nutritional supply; then putting high fructose corn syrup in everything: to cause obesity, diabetes & far more worse diseases. It is a GLOBAL CRISIS! & the monsters who are behind it all can be found right at the White House & Congress; then every Govenor is in on it: remember the meetings between Bush & them? & now Obama’s meeting with them? Guess what folks: hello, prison planet!

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By mendez, December 9, 2008 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment
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Fadel, you aren’t alone.  Be strong and don’t be afraid to do those things that will to change without jeopardizing your own freedom.  Your voice is strong and we need you on our side.  This will pass, one way or another.

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By Maani, December 9, 2008 at 10:11 am Link to this comment

According to at least one report, this case began when one of the Blackwater guards who was involved in the incident “grew a conscience” and spilled the beans on the others.

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By Fadel Abdallah, December 9, 2008 at 8:25 am Link to this comment

You can see that all those criminals are redneck fascists, pursuing the dirty dollar half way around the world when they could not make a living in their own country. Not only the company that hired them should be put on trial, but the whole system and government that creates conditions for such atrocities to take place.

If justice is to be served, as far as I am concerned, they should start with evil Bush and his cohorts who created the conditions for such crimes among many others that are swept under the carpet! I have totally lost faith in the American lack-of-justice system and my conscious is painfully burdened by the fact that, through my taxpayer’s money and my silence, I am guilty myself through association with a criminal government and brutal military and mercenary system.

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By samosamo, December 8, 2008 at 10:55 pm Link to this comment

Should jacky prince be held liable or responsible? Corporations are NOT individuals and are responsible for their actions, ceo down to the grunts in the field. This is a great place to start putting corporations in place which does not include being guaranteed rights under any part or the constitution. Has no one understood that when corporations are treated as humans with the same rights of the bill of rights, it is just another step in allowing them every illegal vantage for the corporation’s criminal acts?

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By Russian Paul, December 8, 2008 at 8:30 pm Link to this comment

Finally…The victims and survivors of Nisour Square have waited too long for justice. The mercenaries responsible should be locked away for good.

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