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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
Tony Blair is a good candidate for Cheney’s cellmate when Cheney is finally jailed for crimes against humanity.
In an interview with the BBC, Blair stated that he would have still gone ahead with military action to remove Saddam Hussein even if WMD were not the (faked) reason.
Blair said ”I would still have thought it right to remove him. I mean obviously you would have had to use and deploy different arguments, about the nature of the threat.”
Meaning that other lies would have been required if they didn’t use the WMD lie.
Blair continued ”I can’t really think we’d be better with him and his two sons still in charge, but it’s incredibly difficult and I totally understand.
“That’s why I sympathize with the people who were against [the war] for perfectly good reasons and are against it now, but for me, you know, in the end I had to take the ..continue reading
Several days ago Christopher Meyer, Britain’s former ambassador to Washington and Tony Blair’s U.S. envoy from 1997-2003 stated that Blair could have (should have) delayed the 2003 invasion of Iraq by standing up to Bush and demanding better planning before proceeding.
Meyer was testifying before a panel investigating the Iraq war. ”We could have achieved more by playing a tougher role” he said.
Meyer stated that by late 2002 war was inevitable. The link to Iraq was “established” only hours after the 9/11 attacks. ”She said there’s no doubt this was an al-Qaida operation, we are just looking to see if there could possibly be any connection with Saddam Hussein” Meyer said referring to a call from Condoleeza Rice.
The determination to attack Iraq and specifically target Saddam Hussein was supposedly cast during a meeting at Bush’s Crawford Texas ranch in April of 2002. Blair is said to have agreed to such an attack a year ..continue reading
Sarah Palin gave us another little peek under the hood to see why she is qualified to be president.
In an interview with Sean Hannity last night Palin was asked what could be done to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. She seems to have a little problem distinguishing between Iran and Iraq. Her response
“We have allies who are as concerned about Ahmadinejad’s actions as we are. We need to be working closer with France, and with Britain, and start, not just considering, but seriously taking steps towards the sanctions that we hear all about but we never see any actions towards, though.
“Cutting off the imports into Iraq, of their refined petroleum products. They’re reliant — 40 to 45 percent of their energy supply is reliant on those imports. We have some control over there.
“And some of the beneficial international monetary deals that Iraq benefits from — we can start ..continue reading