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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 ..continue reading
Six Blackwater guards who opened fire on civilians in Iraq In September 2007 were found to be not guilty by a district judge. The judge dismissed the charges against the guards over procedural errors. District Judge Ricardo Urbina said the US justice department had used evidence prosecutors were not supposed to have.
The guards killed 17 Iraqi civilians and wounded another 27, some were paralyzed by the shootings.
The US presents an image of law and justice to the world but does not seem to be able to convict those committing crimes overseas.
The shootings by the Blackwater guards was clearly a criminal act. Blackwater, whose name is now Xe Services has not faced charges related to the shooting. Erik Prince its founder has been described as a lunatic by some believing that his company is above the law in Iraq.
Iraqis are outraged by the decision.
The NYT reports “What are we — not human?” asked Abdul Wahab Adul ..continue reading
The Blackwater nightmare continues.
The question is why is this company still in business and why is the government still dealing with them? They changed their name to Xe Services but that doesn’t change their history and who they are.
The New York Times reports tonight that “Top executives at Blackwater Worldwide authorized secret payments of about $1 million to Iraqi officials that were intended to silence their criticism and buy their support after a September 2007 episode in which Blackwater security guards fatally shot 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.”
“Four former Blackwater executives said in interviews that Gary Jackson, who was then the company’s president, had approved the bribes, and the money was sent from Amman, Jordan, where Blackwater maintains an operations hub, to a top manager in Iraq.”
“Blackwater’s strategy of buying off the government officials, which would have been illegal under American law, created a deep rift inside the company, according to the ..continue reading
Blackwater (now Xe Services) has seeped into every aspect of our national security.
This is a company whose founder is accused of murder of witnesses by former employees. A company whose employees are accused of murdering Iraqi civilians and more.
As I noted in my earlier post, Erik Prince its founder had close relationships with various conservatives in the Bush administration.
A few days ago it was revealed that Blackwater had been contracted in 2004 by the CIA track down and kill Al Qaeda leaders. The CIA denies that Blackwater was authorized to kill only to collect information and track terrorists. Yesterday it was revealed that Blackwater contractors assemble and load Hellfire missiles and 500-pound laser-guided bombs on remotely piloted Predator aircraft, work previously performed by employees of the Central Intelligence Agency.
The question is why does the CIA need to hire outside contractors, especially Blackwater, to be involved in some of the most important counterterrorism programs? ..continue reading
This is the story of a possible murderer named Erik Prince.
Erik Prince, if you do not know was the founder and CEO of Blackwater a company contracted by the US government to provide protection services in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Blackwater operated in a gray area in which they appeared not to be accountable for their murderous actions in Iraq. According to US law they could not be held accountable by Iraq.
In 2006 a drunk Blackwater contractor shot and killed an Iraqi guard of the Iraqi Vice President. He was flown back to the US by Blackwater, fired but not charged and Blackwater paid off the guard’s family with $15,000. After Iraqi outrage that the Blackwater employee walked away a free man the US government decided to charge him this year.
In September 2007 6 Blackwater security guards killed 17 Iraqis civilians and wounded 30 others. The attack on the civilians was found to be unprovoked and was said by some to be “premeditated murder”.
These were just a few of the charges against Blackwater.
Two ..continue reading