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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:09 AM
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Blackwater in Baghdad: "It was a horror movie"
Blackwater in Baghdad: "It was a horror movie"
Exclusive testimony from witnesses and victims provides the most in-depth, harrowing account to date of the U.S. security firm's deadly rampage in Iraq.

By Jennifer Daskal

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"It was a horror movie," said Khalaf, describing the aftermath of the now notorious Blackwater shootings.

Khalaf recounted the events of that day to a hushed room of lawyers with laptops. He watched, he said, as the Blackwater convoy made the U-turn toward the street where he stood directing traffic. As the convoy stopped, Khalaf watched as a large man with a mustache standing atop the third car fired several shots in the air. Khalaf turned back toward the Yarmouk road to see what might have spurred the shooting and heard a woman yell, "My son! My son!" He ran three cars back to a white sedan to find a woman holding a young man slumped over and covered with blood.

The man was Ahmed, a 20-year-old medical student at the top of his class, and the woman his mother, Mohasin, a successful dermatologist and mother of three.

"I tried to help the young man, but his mother was holding him so tight," said Khalaf. "I raised my left arm high in the air to try to signal to the convoy to stop the shooting," he said, thinking that it would respond to such a gesture by a police officer. He described how he crouched by the car, his right arm reaching inside, his head out and left arm up in the air, signaling to the convoy, his gun secure in its holster. Then the mother was shot dead before his eyes.

The shooting then turned heavier, Khalaf said, his eyes red-brimmed and serious. He hid behind the police traffic booth, but shots came directly at him, hitting the adjacent traffic light and booth's door, and he fled back across Yarmouk road to safety behind a hill. Along with a few hundred others, he stayed there as the chaos unfolded, watching as the helicopters circling above the street started shooting at those below.

Fifteen minutes later, the four-car convoy continued around the square and drove away. Amid the wreckage, colorful clouds billowed into the air from the convoy's parting gift -- multicolored smoke bombs.

more at:
http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2007/12/14/blackwa...
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:19 AM
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1. Blackwater should be outlawed from USA
They are not a Security Co. as they would want you to believe. They are a Militia, or Mercenaries in reality.

Not sure how this fits into the Constitution, being that ALL the States have a well formed Militia, ie: the National Guard
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PuraVidaDreamin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 07:29 AM
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2. blackwater should be outlawed from the world.
The fact they haven't been dismantled yet is
extremely disturbing.
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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:06 AM
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3. I am very sure
Soon, very soon, probably at a Union picket line here in this country. They will do for the USA what they have done so well for the Iraqis, and kill a dozen or so innocent victims
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:37 AM
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6. extremely disturbing and they be will used again as they were
Edited on Fri Dec-14-07 08:39 AM by alyce douglas
used in New Orleans. Pumped up band of thugs appointed by this thuggish regime.
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:25 AM
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5. "Blackwater" was never legal in the first place. The current misAdministration just ignores the LAW.
And this nation won't get back on the right path
until there's blood in the streets.
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chelaque liberal Donating Member (981 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 08:19 AM
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4. Serious question: Blackwater is paid by our tax dollars, right?
And every special appropriation that can't be withheld because it would "hurt the troops" feeds these mercenaries too, doesn't it?
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YOY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 09:30 AM
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7. When ingnorant psycho militias become an export you know there's a problem
Of course how else could they earn their money to reinforce their psycho-bunkers and collect far too many firearms to be within reason? Working at Walmart?
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windoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:33 AM
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8. To international crimes court-
if there was any justice.
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