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Thursday, January 7th, 2010   6:31 pm | Author: chris | Politics/Government, Services/Products |
Tags: Afghanistan, Blackwater, Iraq, shootings
The Blackwater saga never ends when it comes to murder.
According to CNN “Two men who worked as security contractors for the company formerly known as Blackwater have been charged with murder in the killings of two Afghan men, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.”
“Christopher Drotleff and Justin Cannon are charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of attempted murder each in connection with the May shootings in Kabul. The 12-count, 19-page indictment returned by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia also includes weapons charges against the two men.”
“Drotleff, Cannon and two other contractors, Steven McClain and Armando Hamid, were involved in a shooting in Kabul on May 5, 2009, that left two Afghan civilians dead and another wounded. The men had been hired by Paravant, a subsidiary of Xe, the controversial military contracting firm formerly known as Blackwater, to help the U.S. Army train Afghan troops.”
“The incident spotlights the issue of the role and conduct of U.S. security contractors in Afghanistan. A similar issue arose in Iraq after a September 2007 confrontation involving then-Blackwater contractors that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead.”
“Blackwater lost its contract there after Iraq’s government refused to renew its operating license. The company then changed its name to Xe, and it continues to receive multimillion-dollar contracts in Afghanistan.”
When will it be enough? Will we wait until Blackwater (Xe) starts to shoot innocent Americans before the company is prohibited from doing any work for the government and is held accountable for its actions?