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Bush should be held accountable for Blackwater's lack of accountability.

They should be held to the same "standard" of conduct as our military personnel. And if they can't follow those standards, then the man in charge must bare the ultimate responsibility. And I'm not talking Erik Prince, but rather the top dude that let arms and money accidentally fall into their hands.

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I second that CZ!

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Can you imagine the UN calling for sanctions against the US and the Bushies as long as Blackwater and other uncontrolled US mercenaries are operating in Iraq? That'll be the day!


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The War industry is not a good economic pump primer. There's only so much war machinery you can produce before you don't have anyone to sell to.

And with the idea that a service oriented economy is not the best thing for the US, Blackwater probably represents the worst of it.

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Iraqi adviser: Blackwater shooting unprovoked, guards must go

Now, how much resistence will there be from Blackwater? AND who will win...Blackwater or the Iraqi people?

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Do we admit there are Iraqi people? My so called 'representative' doesn't admit children need SCHIP so why would he admit there are Iraqi people?

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Immunity for Blackwater is disgusting. Immunity for the telecom privacy invaders.

The whole idea of "immunity" is making the word seem disgusting.

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Hey, if it's good enough for Arnie-baby, why not Blackwater? Oh, yeah. roids rage is not conducive to war.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A quarter of Blackwater security guards in Iraq use steroids and other "judgment-altering substances," according to a lawsuit filed by the families of several Iraqis killed or wounded in a Baghdad shooting in September.

Blackwater denies the charges.

The suit, filed Monday in Washington, accuses the company of fostering "a culture of lawlessness" among its guards and says the use of excessive force helps the company preserve a key selling point -- the fact that none of its protectees have been killed during the four-year-old war.

"I think there is a whole corporate culture there that essentially rewards the use of excessive force -- shooting first, asking questions later," said Susan Burke, the lead attorney in the case.

The lawsuit accuses Blackwater of war crimes, wrongful death, assault, negligent hiring and emotional distress. The plaintiffs include two wounded survivors of the September 16 shootings around Nusoor Square, in western Baghdad, and the families of five people killed in the incident. Iraqi authorities say the guards killed 17 people in an act of "premeditated murder."

Blackwater has denied any wrongdoing, arguing its contractors used necessary force to protect a State Department convoy that came under fire from insurgents.Video
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Now, if GW is gonna call Barry Bonds a "bad boy", then the same's got to go for the bad boys of "excessive force".

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If these men are hooked on steroids, no wonder they are trigger happy. Wasn't it Bush Sr. who brought drugs into this country and ruined so many lives back in the Iran/Contra days? Now Bush Jr. has a private army buzzed on them.

There is no ending to the bad news connected to the BFEE.

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At some point, it would nice to see blackwater banned from out military.

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WASHINGTON — The helicopter was hovering over a Baghdad checkpoint into the Green Zone, one typically crowded with cars, Iraqi civilians and United States military personnel.

Suddenly, on that May day in 2005, the copter dropped CS gas, a riot-control substance the American military in Iraq can use only under the strictest conditions and with the approval of top military commanders. An armored vehicle on the ground also released the gas, temporarily blinding drivers, passers-by and at least 10 American soldiers operating the checkpoint.

“This was decidedly uncool and very, very dangerous,” Capt. Kincy Clark of the Army, the senior officer at the scene, wrote later that day. “It’s not a good thing to cause soldiers who are standing guard against car bombs, snipers and suicide bombers to cover their faces, choke, cough and otherwise degrade our awareness.”

Both the helicopter and the vehicle involved in the incident at the Assassins’ Gate checkpoint were not from the United States military, but were part of a convoy operated by Blackwater Worldwide, the private security contractor that is under scrutiny for its role in a series of violent episodes in Iraq, including a September shooting in downtown Baghdad that left 17 Iraqis dead.
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So this is now "Blackwater Worldwide". Thank you Mr. Bush and all the organ grinders behind you--Eric Prinz was nothing but a rich snot-nosed malcontent until you helped him form your own personal terrorist organization.

And still 32% of Americans back Bush.

Yes, the dummy dust is thick here in the good ol' U.S.A.

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[url=http://www.truthdig.com/eartotheground/item/20080702_private_contractors_in_iraq_to_lose_immunity/?ln]Private Contractors in Iraq to Lose Immunity
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The folks at Blackwater and other private security outfits in Iraq encountered a dramatic setback Wednesday after an Iraqi minister announced that private guards will no longer be given immunity from U.S military and Iraqi law, ending more than five years of unregulated mercenary violence in the country.


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an Iraqi minister announced that private guards will no longer be given immunity from U.S military and Iraqi law


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