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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-04-07 06:40 PM
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Hey guess what else Bush is going to veto?
when i was driving home today i heard the story and the reporter quickly said at then end "President Bush said he will veto this bill"


October 4, 2007
House Passes Bill to Allow Prosecution of Contractors

By DAVID M. HERSZENHORN
WASHINGTON, Oct. 4 With the armed security force Blackwater USA and other private contractors in Iraq facing tighter scrutiny, the House overwhelmingly approved a bill today that would bring all United States government contractors in the Iraq war zone under the jurisdiction of American criminal law. The measure would require the F.B.I. to investigate any allegations of wrongdoing.

The bill was approved by a 389-to-30 vote, despite strong opposition from the White House. It came as lawmakers and human rights groups are using a Sept. 16 shooting by Blackwater personnel in Baghdad to highlight the seemingly lawless circumstances in which many contractors have operated, apparently unaccountable to American military or civilian laws and outside the reach of the Iraqi judicial system.

The State Department, which had been leading the investigation into the Sept. 16 shooting, said today that a team of F.B.I. agents sent to Baghdad in recent days had taken over the inquiry. No charges have been filed in the case, and Justice Department officials have said it was unclear whether American law would apply. Even if enacted, the House bill would have no retroactive authority over past conduct by Blackwater or other contractors.

Federal law-enforcement officials said that the team of about 10 F.B.I. special agents had been dispatched to Baghdad at the request of the State Department to oversee the Blackwater investigation, which one official described as a fact-finding mission intended to determine whether any of the Blackwater employees had engaged in activity that might raise concerns about possible violations of American laws.

Iraqi officials have said they would like to prosecute the Blackwater case in their courts, but it is extremely unlikely that American authorities would allow them to assert jurisdiction.

The House bill, sponsored by Representative David Price, Democrat of North Carolina, expands a law that in 2000 brought military contractors working with American troops overseas under jurisdiction of United States criminal law. That law has rarely been used and might not apply to companies like Blackwater, which was hired by the State Department to guard diplomats and could argue that its work is not tied directly to war operations.


http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/04/washington/05cong.htm...
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Whisp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-04-07 06:46 PM
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1. what else would you expect from Veto Corrlione?
for those that think Chavez is a 'dictator', take a closer look here. It's astounding what he is getting away with and with so little challenge.

is there something funny in your water down there?
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sentelle Donating Member (659 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-04-07 06:50 PM
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2. i like the phrase
"Veto-proof majority"

That's what we have here. So now he has a choice, veto it, have it overridden, have him lose his record, confirm his lame-duck status, and give his opponents something to bludgeon his people with.

Or he could accept the will of the people.
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-04-07 08:05 PM
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7. You forgot "signing statement"
Which is what I expect to happen.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-04-07 07:58 PM
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3. kick, no pitbulls or boobies in this story, still matter though.
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Generator Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-04-07 08:01 PM
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4. Bush and Cheney are the scum of the earth
Seriously. For corruption and against children.

As my husband said, the left used to be hyperbolic screaming "war crimes." But now it's all right there. They are nothing but murderers, thieves and liars.
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-04-07 08:04 PM
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5. of couse he will, he's got to defend the family
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-04-07 08:05 PM
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6. OUTRAGEOUS!!!! IMPEACH!
Edited on Thu Oct-04-07 08:05 PM by lonestarnot
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