As the NRA feared, once elect that weak liberal Barack Obama and honest decent Americans will not be allowed to go around carrying a weapon to protect themselves against terrorists. Four American contractors who work for the company formerly known as Blackwater are accused of illegally having weapons in their possession when they opened fire on Afghans and killed one and wounded others. The men insist their employer issued weapons to them which apparently is a breach of the contract between the company and the military. However, according to Col. Chris Kubik, “by the terms of the contract, they were not authorized to carry weapons.”
Just wait until the NRA learns God-fearing Americans can’t go around with their rifles and assault weapons in Afghanistan, but must adhere to a no-gun policy. Didn’t the US military ever hear about the 2nd Amendment!! David Callahan, a lawyer for the company argues the men had stopped when they were approached by a car so they took out their weapons and fired. Hey, NRA, let’s get Congress to pass laws saying American rights to their gun supersede any damn law by some foreign government. It’s in the Constitution!
Families of Iraqis who died in a shooting involving Blackwater USA sued the company charging it violated US law and encouraged a culture of lawlessness among its employees. The Center for Constitutional Rights which brought the suit on behalf of the families charged, “Blackwater has turned lawlessness into profit at the expense of the lives of innocent civilians.” Seventeen Iraqis died in the September 16th shooting. The lawsuit charges Blackwater should be held responsible for assault and battery, wrongful death, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and negligent hiring, training and supervision of its personnel. The FBI is currently conducting an investigation of the shooting.
Iraqi officials claim Blackwater’s license to operate in iraq expired on June 2, 2006 and therefore it no longer has immunity against lawsuits. There is something wrong with an American military operation in which private companies can operate with impunity against law. In prior American wars, the military handled construction activities or provided security, but under the Bush program of privatizing war, the corporate world now occupies a prominent role in warfare. One can only wonder how secure fighting men and women feel when mercenaries are protecting them and bringing supplies instead of well trained soldiers. In WWII, the famous and outstanding Seabees handled construction and won universal praise for their work. Perhaps, it’s time to bring back the Seabees.
Posted in Human Rights, Iraq, Iraq War, Military, Politics, War, World News
Tagged Blackwater, civilian deaths, Iraq, lawsuits, Seabees
In a long overdue move, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice ordered federal agents to ride with Blackwater security guards on trips dealing with transportation of diplomatic personnel. She also had video cameras installed and insisted on close monitoring of communication systems. On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed legislation which would place all private contractors under U.S. criminal statutes.
There are many tragedies in the Blackwater killing of Iraqi citizens including why the Bush administration ever agreed in the first place that private contractors were not to be governed either by military or civilian statutes. This agreement is unprecedented in American history. There is need for a Congressional investigation for the reasons such an agreement was ever made in the first place. In effect, Bush created a new nation — the nation of private contractors who are not bound by law but only by their own interpretation as to how to behave. This is the road to anarchy.
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Tagged Blackwater, Bush, diplomats, Iraq killlings, Rice
Erik Prince, founder of the Blackwater corporation, challenged congressional and Iraq government reports that Blackwater personnel acted in an out-of-control fashion during the killing of 11 Iraqis in a September 16th shootout. He claimed guards responded to hostile shooting and acted in a responsible manner. Mr. Prince says that “every life is precious whether American or Iraqi,” but “based on everything we currently know, the Blackwater team acted appropriately when operating in a very complex situation.”
Mr. Prince claims that “everything we know” indicates Blackwater guards acted “appropriately,” but everything we know based on congressional and Iraqi government reports indicates the exact opposite. His company has had twice the number of shootings as the next two largest security companies combined, but Mr. Prince claims every Iraqi life “is precious.” Observers from various nations, and from the American government note conclusively Blackwater guards were frightened and shooting without concern for human life. The real tragedy is having a system in operation which prevents placing on trial the Blackwater guards for the murder of innocent people– unless congressional and Iraqi government reports are erroneous.
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Tagged Blackwater, congress, Iraq, Prince, shooting civilians