Blackwater, Xe (Update). “The Killing Machine.”
Months ago, I blogged about “Blackwater” now called “Xe” concerning their involvement in the Iraq war and atrocities being commited by Blackwater’s employees. Here is an update on one of their inhumanities.
Five operatives from US security firm Blackwater have been absolved over the killing of 17 Iraqis in 2007.
While the five, who had been contracted to defend US diplomatic personnel, were accused of opening fire on a crowd in Baghdad, District Judge Ricardo Urbina ruled the US Justice Department had used evidence against the men that prosecutors were not supposed to have presented.
The disputed evidence concerned statements the guards gave to State Department investigators, who promised not to use them in a criminal case.
Because of the promise, the judge found the prosecutors should have built their case against the men without using the statements.
He said the prosecutors had tried to give contradictory and unbelievable reasons for using the evidence.
Judge Urbina dismissed all charges against the five guards who had all pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.
Lawyers for the five guards say they were acting in self-defence, while witnesses to the killings said the incident had been unprovoked by the civilians. ( This is justice in the U.S of A. Anywhere in Asia or the middle east, they would have been shot on site.)
Next:A subsidiary of Xe is “Paravant, LLC” as stated in the following.
Justin Cannon, 27, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Christopher Drotleff, 29, of Virginia Beach, Va., have been charged with crimes including second-degree murder, attempted murder, and firearms offenses while working as contractors for the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Neil H. MacBride of the Eastern District of Virginia, and John Perren, Acting Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office announced today. Cannon and Drotleff were charged under the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA).
The 13-count indictment, returned by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia on Jan. 6, 2010, and unsealed today, alleges that on May 5, 2009, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Cannon and Drotleff shot and killed two Afghanistan nationals and wounded a third. The indictment alleges that at the time of the shootings, Cannon and Drotleff were Department of Defense contractors employed by Paravant LLC, which is a subsidiary of Xe (formerly known as Blackwater Worldwide). According to the indictment, as contractors, Cannon and Drotleff provided training to the Afghan National Army for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the use and maintenance of weapons and weapons systems.
Cannon was arrested today in Corpus Christi by FBI agents. Drotleff was also arrested today by FBI agents in Virginia Beach. Cannon and Drotleff were each charged with two counts of second-degree murder, one count of attempted murder, six counts of using and discharging a firearm during a violent crime, and four counts of murder resulting from the use of a firearm during a violent crime. If convicted, the maximum penalty faced by Cannon and Drotleff is life in prison or the death penalty.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Randy C. Stoker and Alan M. Salsbury from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia - Norfolk Division as well as Trial Attorney Robert McGovern of the Criminal Division’s Domestic Security Section. The case is being investigated by the FBI.
And you thought this kind of thing only happens “outside” the United States. Well, the Americans are the top clandestine, special forces, black ops and subterfuge country in the world. Declaring “Freedom” for others is an abominable word for the Americans to use. This is what happens when things get out of control by letting “your friends” get into the war behind the publics back. Shame. That’s all I can say.