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2 ex-Blackwater guards charged with murder
Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/7/10 | LAT

Posted on 01/07/2010 11:59:37 AM PST by granite

Both Cannon, of Corpus Christi, Texas, and Drotleff, of Virginia Beach, Va., have said in recent interviews with the AP that they were justified when they opened fire on a threatening vehicle last year. Blackwater, now known as Xe, fired both men after the shooting for failing to comply with the terms of their contract.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: bhodoj; blackwater; cannon; corpuschristi; doj; drotleff; ericholder; holder; obama; virginiabeach
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1 posted on 01/07/2010 11:59:38 AM PST by granite
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To: granite

Can they do this to civilians who allegedly committed an ordinary crime abroad?


2 posted on 01/07/2010 12:07:44 PM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: granite

Who charged them?


3 posted on 01/07/2010 12:08:43 PM PST by cardinal4 (Dont Tread on Me)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
"Can they do this to civilians who allegedly committed an ordinary crime abroad?"

If they prefer, I am sure they could request to be prosecuted by the authorities in Afghanistan.

However, I doubt they would prefer that option.

4 posted on 01/07/2010 12:13:51 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: cardinal4
The indictment charges Justin Cannon, 27, and Chris Drotleff, 29, with second-degree murder, attempted murder and weapons charges. Both of them are in custody, said Peter Carr, a spokesman with the U.S. attorney's office in Virginia's eastern district.
5 posted on 01/07/2010 12:15:51 PM PST by granite ("We dare not tempt them with weakness" - JFK)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
The investigation opens a new front in the U.S. government's attempt to increase oversight of contractor activities in war zones after a series of problems in Iraq strained relations between Washington and Baghdad.

Anti-American Eric Holder again with another dubious prosecution of Americans in a war zone.

6 posted on 01/07/2010 12:18:22 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: granite

Blackwater WAS the real CIA. The CIA now is filled with paper pushers, Obama goons and ACORN types.


7 posted on 01/07/2010 12:22:59 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: granite

Blackwater WAS the real CIA. The CIA now is filled with paper pushers, Obama goons and ACORN types.


8 posted on 01/07/2010 12:23:05 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: granite

Blackwater WAS the real CIA. The CIA now is filled with paper pushers, Obama goons and ACORN types.


9 posted on 01/07/2010 12:23:14 PM PST by Frantzie (TV - sending Americans towards islamic serfdom - Cancel TV service NOW)
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To: Red Steel

I would ask all my brother contractors to boycott protecting anyone in this administration. I would institute the boycotts on a rolling basis after I had escorted them outside the wire and say KISS MY ASS, I’m afraid of being prosecuted you better find your way back.


10 posted on 01/07/2010 12:24:27 PM PST by crosslink (Moderates should play in the middle of a busy street)
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To: Red Steel

Eric Holder is an absolute disgrace.


11 posted on 01/07/2010 12:29:41 PM PST by Cyropaedia ("Virtue cannot separate itself from reality without becoming a principal of evil...".)
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To: sinsofsolarempirefan
"Can they do this to civilians who allegedly committed an ordinary crime abroad?"

Yes. It was a piece of legislation signed by Bill Clinton in 2000 called The Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act of 2000 (MEJA) - 18 U.S.C. §§ 3261 - 3267. There was some additional language inserted in several other pieces of legislation signed by Bush that expand or refine these powers, FWIW.

I suspect when Eric Holder is finished, most of Xe (Blackwater) will be behind bars, along with dozens of our own special forces operators. Welcome to Obama's new world order.

12 posted on 01/07/2010 12:30:27 PM PST by OldDeckHand (Flag waiving, church attending, gun toting militant heterosexual. Deal with it.)
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This is what happens when you don’t get congress to grant letters of marque, which would have covered them. Not good.


13 posted on 01/07/2010 12:39:43 PM PST by Palter
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To: Cyropaedia; crosslink

Since Holder got rebuked in Utah when the judge threw out the case against Blackwater, he’s having a snit and wants to rebound at the expense of these two guys.


14 posted on 01/07/2010 12:45:39 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: granite

Holder is AQ’s defense counsel. Seriously.

So is Bob Bauer, White House counsel.

This White House recruits its staff from Al Qaeda’s legal team.


15 posted on 01/07/2010 12:49:28 PM PST by marron
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To: Frantzie

I guess it beared repeating.


16 posted on 01/07/2010 12:51:26 PM PST by Road Warrior 04 ( I'll miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! The "other" Jim Thompson)
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To: Frantzie

Rummy was right about Langley.


17 posted on 01/07/2010 12:52:27 PM PST by Perdogg ("Is that a bomb in your pants, or are you excited to come to America?")
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To: Palter
.....this does not bode well for our future.....
18 posted on 01/07/2010 1:16:58 PM PST by cyberaxe (كافر)
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To: crosslink

I’d love to see Eric Holder and co. left alone and unarmed in some of the wilder parts of Afghanistan.


19 posted on 01/07/2010 1:48:09 PM PST by jjm2111
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"I’d love to see Eric Holder and co. left alone and unarmed in some of the wilder parts of Afghanistan."

I'd settle for some of the wilder parts of DC. It is certainly more convenient and they would get an education in the chaos of emergency, split second response situations.

20 posted on 01/07/2010 2:00:46 PM PST by Truth29
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