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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 01:26 PM
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250 Blackwater personnel kicked out (by Iraqi gov't)
Source: Voice of Iraq

BAGHDAD / Aswat al-Iraq: A total of 250 employees working for the U.S. security firm Blackwater have been dismissed and given seven days to leave Iraq, the Iraqi minister of interior said on Wednesday, according to the semi-official al-Iraqiya TV.

A U.S. federal judge had dropped all charges against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in a crowded Baghdad intersection in 2007.

Citing repeated government missteps, U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina dismissed a case that had been steeped in international politics.

The shooting in busy Nisoor Square left 17 Iraqis dead and inflamed anti-American sentiments abroad. The Iraqi government wanted the guards to face trial in Iraq and officials there said they would closely watch how the U.S. judicial system handles the case.

Read more: http://en.aswataliraq.info/?p=126792
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Solly Mack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 01:27 PM
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1. k/r
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 01:31 PM
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2. That was very civil of them,
Edited on Wed Feb-10-10 01:31 PM by dipsydoodle
the Iraqis , giving them 7 days notice. They could've just rounded them up and dumped them over Iran's border in far less time.
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 04:35 PM
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21. 7 days notice for a group of juiced up mercenaries? I would have demanded they would be escorted
out immediately.
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 04:54 PM
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24. ...and called the Iranian to come get them.
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truth2power Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 09:23 PM
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44. I probably can't say what I wish the Iraqis had done to them. n/t
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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 01:37 PM
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3. seems like deja vu
i thought all the blackwater mercs were thrown out of the sandbox...multiple times?
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 01:56 PM
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4. K&R
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SoapBox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 02:06 PM
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5. Cool!
Alright!!! ...it's about time. This company is scuuuum.
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me b zola Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 02:07 PM
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6. K&R
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Mithreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 02:13 PM
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7. good start
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Mithreal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 02:13 PM
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8. .
Edited on Wed Feb-10-10 02:13 PM by Mithreal
error
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aquart Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 02:14 PM
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9. Good for them! Now let's do it here.
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 02:25 PM
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10. They should have arrested them
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Old Time Pagan Donating Member (157 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 02:30 PM
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11. This is bad: very, very bad
Who's going to protect "our" oil? This is a tragedy of epic proportions, somebody had better pull some diplomatic (ie extort, terrorize or blackmail) these ungrateful Iraqis into letting our valiant defenders of democracy remain to do their jobs.

Oh woe is us.
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winyanstaz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 02:33 PM
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12. Good for them...too bad we cant kick them out of America.
The men that murdered those innocent civilians should have went to trial.
They will not even get their hand slapped..
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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 07:17 PM
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37. +1
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 03:06 PM
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13. Kicked and recommended.
Thanks for the thread, sabra.
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pjt7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 03:17 PM
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14. Will they go to Paki?
Good for Iraq.
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Uncle Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 03:31 PM
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16. I imagine they will go anywhere they can,
just as mercenaries have throughout history, money is their primary motivation.

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sabra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 03:47 PM
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17. they are already there - in large numbers too!
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 07:00 PM
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35. they'll probably stay in Iraq
they're in Iraq because the U.S. wants them there. This action by the Iraqi government doesn't change that.
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Chipper Chat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 03:27 PM
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15. Cheney's head is exploding.
His Exxon-Mobil dividend will be ten cents less in 2010.
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dixiegrrrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 03:48 PM
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18. Wonder what immunity they have over here if they shoot Americans?
And how much longer till we find out?
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LiberalLovinLug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 04:13 PM
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19. Blackwater is now Xe
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

The Justice Department now is investigating whether Blackwater tried to bribe Iraqi officials with about $1 million to allow the company to keep working there after the Baghdad shooting, according to U.S. officials close to the probe.


So they just change a patch on their arm and carry on?
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dipsydoodle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 05:46 PM
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28. Patch on the arm.........
As far as I'm aware the ban by the Iraqi government extends not only to Xe but also to any other company for which Balckwater's past employees subsequently work.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 04:30 PM
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20. Will there be repercussions to Iraq because of this? Maybe they should throw us out next.
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 04:41 PM
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22. Now if they can to that with the rest of the mercs and contractors. nt
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lsewpershad Donating Member (964 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 04:44 PM
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23. About time
What took them so long?
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Hekate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 05:11 PM
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25. That's a good start. nt
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 05:19 PM
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26. !!!
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 05:28 PM
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27. Persona non grata (n/t)
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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 06:05 PM
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29. Next stop: Federal prison
Kudos to the Iraqi government for holding those Blackwater fools accountable. Responsibility is clearly something missing from privatization. Think about that whenever you hear a Republican calling to lease out government duties to businesses.
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Oceansaway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 06:13 PM
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30. K&R...n/t
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RKP5637 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 06:15 PM
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31. Excellent, glad to see them out of Iraq. n/t
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 06:45 PM
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32. Ha ha!!!!
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Little Star Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 06:46 PM
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33. Good! k&r
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 06:48 PM
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34.  Our justice department
takes care of our hired guns.No wonder Americans have a fear of traveling abroad.
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 07:11 PM
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36. at least we gave the Iraqis a democracy that functions better than ours.
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 07:35 PM
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38. What do you call 250 Blackwater employees being flown out of Iraq??

I call it 'Not enough flights out of Iraq'...
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pinniped Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 07:36 PM
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39. There has to be more than 250 of these guys in Iraq.
The Blackwater guys are supposedly being evicted, but what about the Xe dudes?


There are probably thousands of those dudes around.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 07:55 PM
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40. OMG! The BUSH/CHENEY FOLKS WERE CORRECT! People RISING UP!
Definitely Good News for the Iraqi's who have been through so much getting "DEMOCRACY" going in their Country that was Invaded.

I'm sure the NeoCons are celebrating with Martini's around their Fire Pit...on this news. It's gotta be good for Bush!
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 08:09 PM
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41. Why don't they drop them off in Pakistan?
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 08:26 PM
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42. I wouldn't particularly relish any of them in my damn neighborhood.
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SlingBlade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-10-10 09:21 PM
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43. GREAT. Now there'll be another 250 Sociopath's running
Loose on the streets of Homeland America.
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Soylent Brice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-11-10 08:24 AM
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45. K&R
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Winterblues Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-11-10 04:13 PM
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46. Straight from Iraq to Afghanistan
America loves them some Mercenaries..They put the oooomph back into the killing and torture.
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