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Hissyspit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:08 AM
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AP: Guards in Blackwater Shooting May Face 30 Years
 
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The Justice Department is readying indictments that could send Blackwater Worldwide guards to prison for at least 30 years for their involvement in the deadly 2007 Baghdad shooting of Iraqi civilians. (Dec. 5)
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EnviroBat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:16 AM
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1. Good. Lock those assholes away for ever!
FUCK BLACKWATER!
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90-percent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 10:52 AM
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2. Blackwater
They made a mistake.

They trusted Bush would give them immunity for murder forever.

Just more working grunts that Bush has betrayed.

They shoulda read the fine print in their license's to kill.

-90% Jimmy
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sattahipdeep Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 02:14 PM
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3. Immunity in exchange for their sworn statements
Regardless of the charges they bring, prosecutors will have a tough fight. The law is unclear on whether contractors can be charged in the U.S., or anywhere, for crimes committed overseas.

To prosecute, authorities must argue that the guards can be charged under a law meant to cover soldiers and military contractors. Since Blackwater works for the State Department, not the military, it's unclear whether that law applies to its guards.

Prosecutors lost a similar case against former Marine Jose Luis Nazario Jr., who was charged in Riverside, Calif., with killing four unarmed Iraqi detainees.

Further complicating the case, the State Department promised several Blackwater guards limited immunity in exchange for their sworn statements shortly after the shooting. Prosecutors will need to show that they did not rely on those statements in building their case if those guards are charged.

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http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jtLfZ...

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JimboBillyBubbaBob Donating Member (225 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 02:55 PM
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4. At this point.....
I don't feeel that any of these people in this mercenary army should be afforded any measure of protection for the acts they have engaged in. This is from the politicians who sanctioned the broad plan, the corporate fiefdoms who have raped our national treasury to carry it out, all the way to the individual actors who were employed for their enjoyment of bloodlust. Their behavior has bordered on sickening. How do they differ from the Einsatzgruppen used on the eastern front in World War II?
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:30 PM
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5. The innocent people they killed got death. Cheney and Bush are just as
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 04:31 PM by MasonJar
culpable for their outrageous policy of hiring out military jobs, but most especially for being in Iraq in the first place. Won't anybody try them?
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Rhiannon12866 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 08:02 PM
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6. K&R. 30 years is not enough. Murder is murder.
It's long past time that these mercenaries pay for their brazen lawbreaking... :grr:
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