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    Repiglican Roast

    A spirited discussion of public policy and current issues

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    I'm furious about my squandered nation.

    Thursday, January 17, 2008

    Erik "GI Joey" Prince, Crusader, Rethuglican, Fascist in the news again but not in Prison where he belongs


    There have been several allegations of abuses, the most recent by a group of Blackwater USA guards escorting a convoy through Baghdad on Sept. 16. Iraqi officials say the guards killed 17 civilians and wounded 24 without provocation in Nisoor Square. An investigation into the incident is under way.

    But Justice Department investigators warned congressional staff in a private meeting in December that they might have little legal justification for prosecuting the case.

    At that meeting — first reported Wednesday by The New York Times and confirmed by McClatchy — officials said it would be difficult, though not impossible, to hold the guards accountable for the deaths under current law.

    The State Department also offered the guards some immunity if they gave accounts of what happened in Nisoor Square, complicating the prosecution.

    Scott Horton, who wrote the Human Rights First report, said the group wasn't trying to end all work for private security contractors.

    That's a big mistake. Screw mercenaries. Give the same training and money to members of the actual US armed forces. Mercenaries are bad for the world.




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