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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:12 AM
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Another lawsuit targets founder of Blackwater
Source: The Virginian-Pilot

By Bill Sizemore
The Virginian-Pilot
September 16, 2009
Yet another civil lawsuit accuses Blackwater guards of driving through the streets of Baghdad randomly shooting innocent Iraqis.

The latest case accuses Blackwater founder Erik Prince of personally directing murders from a 24-hour remote monitoring "war room" at the private military company's Moyock, N.C., headquarters.

Prince "personally directed and permitted a heavily-armed private army... to roam the streets of Baghdad killing innocent civilians," alleges the suit, filed by four Iraqi citizens.

Prince was well aware that his men, including top executives, "viewed shooting innocent Iraqis as sport," the suit says. In fact, "those who killed and wounded innocent Iraqis tended to rise higher in Mr. Prince's organization than those who abided by the rule of law."

Prince's top executives openly discussed "laying Hajjis out on cardboard" and "bragged about their collective role in killing those of the Islamic faith," the suit alleges.



Read more: http://hamptonroads.com/2009/09/another-lawsuit-targets...
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:16 AM
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1. Rec'd. I so want something to come of these lawsuits. nt
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fasttense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:46 AM
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2. I wonder why the bushes didn't give Blackwater amnesty like they did
the Telecom corporations?
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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 07:53 AM
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3. Courthouse News: Four Say Mercenaries 'Killed Iraqis as Sport'
<snip>

The plaintiffs also complain of "night hunting," in which Prince's mercenaries use night-vision goggles to shoot people at random from Prince's privately owned helicopters after 10 p.m.

<more>

http://www.courthousenews.com/2009/09/15/Four_Say_Merce...
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pjt7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:14 AM
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4. When Blackwater gets dismantled &
Prince & Cofer Black & Krongard are in jail, DU needs to have a party.
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Steerpike Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 08:20 AM
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5. I once said...
"these guys are just serial killers with a retirement plan"

I was vilified on right wing blogs across the nation...kinda made me famous....

I still stand by that statement.
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Torn_Scorned_Ignored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 09:14 AM
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6. Prince
shouldn't give Bush a Pardon and confess during trial that Bush and friends not only knew what was going on, but encouraged it.

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Vidar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 10:33 AM
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7. K&R
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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:22 PM
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8. Lawsuit: U.S. had warned Blackwater
Source: charlotte observer

Fatal shootings of 14 Iraqis came after security contractor put on notice about earlier violence.

Federal authorities had warned Blackwater that its private security employees had committed violent acts against innocent Iraqi civilians long before a 2007 shooting incident that killed at least 14 people, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Wake County.

The Charlotte law firm Lewis & Roberts is representing the families of several Iraqi civilians killed or injured, including 9-year-old Ali Kinani, who was fatally shot in the head as his father drove near a roadblock.

The suit contains new details about the Sept. 16, 2007, shootings in Nisoor Square in Baghdad. The incident strained U.S.-Iraqi relations and remains a flashpoint over the use of private contractors in the war.

...

In 2005, the suit says, a Blackwater employee shot and killed an Iraqi civilian standing on the side of the street and attempted to cover it up. Six months later, a Blackwater employee shot an unarmed civilian in the head, the suit claims.

The U.S. government warned the contractor about its workers' actions, but Blackwater-Xe failed to take reasonable measures to address and curtail the unlawful and reckless conduct, the suit reads.

Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/breaking/story/950651....
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:22 PM
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9. I'm sure The Bush Admin "warned" them with a wink and a nod. n/t
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laststeamtrain Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:23 PM
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10. Suit: Feds gave Blackwater a warning
Edited on Wed Sep-16-09 07:57 AM by laststeamtrain
Source: Charlotte Observer

Suit: Feds gave Blackwater a warning
BY FRED CLASEN KELLY AND DOUG MILLER - The Charlotte Observer
Published: Wed, Sep. 16, 2009 06:36AM
Modified Tue, Sep. 15, 2009 11:24PM


Prior to shootings that killed 17 people, the federal government warned Blackwater security that its employees had committed violent acts against innocent Iraqi civilians, a lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges.

A Charlotte law firm filed the suit, which contains new details about the Sept. 16, 2007, shootings in Nisour Square in Baghdad. The incident strained relations between the United States and the Iraqi government and remains a flashpoint over the use of private contractors in the war.

Attorneys from Lewis & Roberts claim that Moyock, N.C.-based Blackwater, now called Xe Services, failed to take action against its private security guards who randomly shot Iraqis well before the Nisour Square incident. The firm is suing Blackwater on behalf of several Nisour Square victims and their families.

In 2005, the suit says, a company employee shot and killed an Iraqi civilian standing on the side of the street and attempted to cover it up. Six months later, an employee shot an unarmed civilian in the head, the suit claims.

Read more: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1691668.html
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:23 PM
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11. K& R
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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:23 PM
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12. oooooo - ANOTHER fucking WARNING!!!
Maybe next they'll follow up with a nice LETTER!!!
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Prisoner_Number_Six Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:23 PM
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13. If the letter is Sternly Worded it should be enough.
:headbang:
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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:13 PM
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14. Another lawsuit targets founder of Blackwater
Source: The Virginian-Pilot

Another lawsuit targets founder of Blackwater
Posted to: Iraq Military News

By Bill Sizemore
The Virginian-Pilot
September 16, 2009

Yet another civil lawsuit accuses Blackwater guards of driving through the streets of Baghdad randomly shooting innocent Iraqis.

The latest case accuses Blackwater founder Erik Prince of personally directing murders from a 24-hour remote monitoring "war room" at the private military company's Moyock, N.C., headquarters.

Prince "personally directed and permitted a heavily-armed private army... to roam the streets of Baghdad killing innocent civilians," alleges the suit, filed by four Iraqi citizens.

Prince was well aware that his men, including top executives, "viewed shooting innocent Iraqis as sport," the suit says. In fact, "those who killed and wounded innocent Iraqis tended to rise higher in Mr. Prince's organization than those who abided by the rule of law."

Read more: http://hamptonroads.com/2009/09/another-lawsuit-targets...
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:13 PM
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15. Our tax dollars at work.
:mad:
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 11:13 PM
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16. but but that video of the woman in tha ACRON office....
yeah, Blackwater/XE makes me :mad: too. Beck's diversions from REAL problems are pissers too.
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