Skip to comments.Ex-Blackwater president indicted on firearms charges
Posted on 04/16/2010 3:12:46 PM PDT by decimon
The former president of the US private security firm, Blackwater Worldwide, and four other former workers have been indicted on federal weapons charges.
Gary Jackson, who resigned last year, denies conspiracy to violate firearms laws, making false statements and possession of an unregistered firearm.
Also indicted were the former general counsel and executive vice-president.
The charges are partially the result of a raid in 2008 by federal agents who seized 22 weapons, including 17 AK-47s.
Blackwater changed its name to Xe Services in 2009, two years after its guards were involved in a shooting incident in Baghdad that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead. They had been protecting US diplomats there.
Their actions outraged the Iraqi government and led to charges being filed in the US against several guards - accusations later thrown out of court after a judge found prosecutors had mishandled evidence.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.bbc.co.uk ...
No way of knowing what the cache actually contained. In libspeak, "AK-47" is a pejorative attibuted to any scary looking gun. It could be 17 Ruger 10-22s for all we know.
It looks like you can file this one under “Elections have consequences”. Or “The BATFE has an insatiable appetite for destruction”.
This is reported by the same BBC that, on their British website, boasts their news being available in 32 languages, but not Hebrew. When one clicks on the map of the middle east, arabic is the language shown. BBC aka British Broadcasting of Communism
Did I read it wrong?
The AK’s were owned by the police department and were being stored with the full knowledge of the department at blackwater headquaters as a professional courtesy because thats where the weapons are test fired by officers.
Am I missing something? Seems like BS to me.
Is the implication that the weapons were really for use by Blackwater? I'm not sure.
The story fits the trigger-happy Yank stereotype, doesn’t it?
gee, I’d really like Blackwater operators to get in a “fight” with BATF agents. I mean, usually they just go after 1-2 non-military types with a bunch of kids around and get their @sses handed to them. I can’t imagine what a squad of 6 would do to a raid team. bwahahahahahahaha.....
Sheriff Tony Perry said at the time that his department only used the AK-47s in shooting practice at Blackwater, while Mr Jackson said it had offered it a place to store the weapons as a gesture of “professional courtesy”.
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