Blackwater and Immunity of its Employees for Murder.
The USA Federal Judge who reviewed the Blackwater case about the massacre on Nisour Square. This is a highly controversial judgment on the multi-faceted issue of USA military mercenaries. From Twitter Jeremy Scahill adds important points to keep in mind including, “Remember: the legal reasons for this dismissal have a lot to do with Bush officials giving preemptive immunity to the shooters”
By Jeremy Scahill
“A federal judge in Washington DC has given Erik Prince’s Blackwater mercenaries a huge New Year’s gift. Judge Ricardo Urbina dismissed all charges against the five Blackwater operatives accused of gunning down 14 innocent Iraqis in Baghdad’s Nisour Square in September 2007. Judge Urbina’s order, issued late in the afternoon on New Year’s Eve is a stunning blow for the Iraqi victims’ families and sends a clear message that US-funded mercenaries are above all systems of law—US and international.
In a memo defending his opinion, Urbina cited a similar rationale used in the dismissal of charges against Iran-Contra figure Oliver North—namely that the government violated the rights of the Blackwater men by using statements they made to investigators in the immediate aftermath of the shooting to build a case against the guards, which Urbina said qualified for “derivative use immunity.” “please continuing reading at http://rebelreports.com/
including “The Nisour Square massacre was the single deadliest incident involving private US forces in Iraq. Seventeen Iraqis were killed and more than twenty wounded.” and
For information on informative, highly praised book by J. Scahill go to the following link. About Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army
Iraq ‘to appeal the Blackwater verdict’
Iraq reaction to dismissal of five Blackwater employees accused in murder of innocent Iraqi civilians.