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  • 2 ex-Blackwater guards charged with murder

    01/07/2010 11:59:37 AM PST · by granite · 43 replies · 2,803+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/7/10 | LAT
    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.
  • The Blackwater Lynching

    01/06/2010 7:32:13 PM PST · by Abakumov · 3 replies · 400+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | January 7, 2010 | Editorial
    The dismissed case against five American security contractors charged with committing manslaughter in Iraq illustrates the complexities of fighting an enemy that chooses to wage war among civilians. Worse, it exposes the equally dirty battles conducted by government agencies against our own warriors when bureaucrats respond to political pressure.
  • Blackwater Prosecutorial and Media Misconduct

    01/05/2010 11:50:24 PM PST · by moneyrunner · 1 replies · 257+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 1/5/2010 | Moneyrunner
    Driven by pressure from the Left, including the editors of the Virginian Pilot – a New York Times wanna be in Tidewater Virginia – the prosecutors of the Blackwater guards set their victims up for prosecution despite evidence that was exculpatory. To get an idea of the kind of editorial pressure that was put on the prosecutors, go to the Virginian Pilot Online website and search for “Blackwater.” The headlines that pop up cover eight pages and virtually demand that this “evil” “private army” and “conservative Republican” organization be stamped out with the utmost prejudice. Blackwater: Inside America's Private Army...
  • Xe pulls plug on its counterpiracy venture; ship up for sale

    01/05/2010 12:35:12 PM PST · by Perdogg · 7 replies · 732+ views
    Apparently unsuccessful in marketing it for anti-piracy operations, Xe has put its 183-foot ship McArthur up for sale. In an online advertisement on the Web site Yachtworld.com, the McArthur is listed at a reduced price of $3.7 million. The vessel is docked in Alicante, Spain.
  • Iraq to sue ex-Blackwater guards [hours after American case tossed]

    01/01/2010 1:08:01 PM PST · by UAConservative · 29 replies · 931+ views
    CNN ^ | January 1, 2009
    Baghdad, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraq said Friday that it will file a lawsuit against five Blackwater security guards cleared of manslaughter charges in the 2007 killing of 17 Iraqi civilians, an act a government official called murder. The Iraqi government also will ask the U.S. Justice Department to appeal a federal judge's "unfair and unacceptable" dismissal of the charges Thursday, spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said. An Iraqi man wounded in the 2007 incident also voiced his anger Friday, saying U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina's dismissal of the charges showed "disregard for Iraqi blood." Urbina found Thursday that prosecutors wrongly used the...
  • All Charges Dismissed Against Blackwater Contractors

    01/01/2010 7:33:14 AM PST · by BCrago66 · 24 replies · 1,092+ views
    At the above link is the PDF of the 90-page opinion, which dismisses all charges against all Blackwater defendants. The crucial issue, I think, is that the 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination bars the State not merely from using compelled statements as admissions of wrongdoing, but from using such statements in any manner whatever to shape its case. Judge Urbina: The government used the defendants’ compelled statements to guide its charging decisions, to formulate its theory of the case, to develop investigatory leads and, ultimately, to obtain the indictment in this case. The government’s key witnesses immersed themselves in the...
  • Blackwater men cleared

    01/01/2010 3:07:54 AM PST · by Scanian · 8 replies · 849+ views
    NY Post ^ | January 1, 2010 | AP
    WASHINGTON -- A federal judge dismissed all charges yesterday against five private Blackwater security guards accused of killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad in 2007. The shooting left 17 Iraqis dead and inflamed anti-American sentiment abroad. The Iraqi government had wanted the guards to face trial in Iraq. Judge Ricardo Urbina said the prosecutors ignored the advice of Justice Department officials and improperly built their case on sworn statements that had been given under a promise of immunity. Urbina said the government's explanations were "contradictory, unbelievable and lacking in credibility."
  • Judge tosses Blackwater case in Baghdad shootings

    12/31/2009 12:39:25 PM PST · by SmithL · 114 replies · 8,007+ views
  • CIA ends top defence firm's contract

    12/14/2009 5:12:35 AM PST · by Schnucki · 15 replies · 711+ views
    Times of India ^ | December 14, 2009
    WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency has terminated a contract with the security company formerly called Blackwater Worldwide that allowed the company to load bombs on CIA drones in Pakistan and Afghanistan, intelligence officials said. The contract gave employees with the company an operational role in one of the CIA’s most significant covert programs, which has killed dozens of militants with Predator and Reaper drones. The company’s involvement highlighted the extent to which the CIA had outsourced critical jobs to private companies since the 9/11 attacks. The contract with the company, now called Xe Services, was canceled this year by Leon...
  • Cease and Desist The Prosecution of 3 Navy Seals - Petition

    12/10/2009 5:12:32 AM PST · by blueyon · 14 replies · 684+ views
    gopetition ^ | 12/10/09 | blueyon
    If you would like to, I posted a link to sign a petition to Cease and Desist any and all charges brought against the 3 United States Navy Seals . So far there is 22,454 signatures
  • Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A

    12/11/2009 4:06:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 20 replies · 1,116+ views
    Blackwater Guards Tied to Secret Raids by the C.I.A. By JAMES RISEN and MARK MAZZETTI WASHINGTON — Private security guards from Blackwater Worldwide participated in some of the C.I.A.’s most sensitive activities — clandestine raids with agency officers against people suspected of being insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan and the transporting of detainees, according to former company employees and intelligence officials. The raids against suspects occurred on an almost nightly basis during the height of the Iraqi insurgency from 2004 to 2006, with Blackwater personnel playing central roles in what company insiders called “snatch and grab” operations, the former employees...
  • HUMAN EVENTS Petition To Free the SEALs

    12/11/2009 2:26:18 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 23 replies · 1,145+ views
    Human Events ^ | Dec. 10, 2009 | Human Events
    Secretary of Defense The Pentagon Washington, DC Dear Secretary Gates: We, the editors and staff of HUMAN EVENTS, and the many Americans who have attached their signatures to this petition, hereby request your personal intervention to dismiss the charges against Navy SEAL operators SO2 Jonathan Keefe, SO1 Julio Huertas and SO2 Matthew McCabe. These three men are charged with abusing a terrorist they captured in a daring nighttime raid on or about 1 September 2009. On that night, they -- as part of a platoon from SEAL Team 10 -- captured and detained Ahmed Hashim Abed, one of the most...
  • Free the Navy SEALs Now

    12/10/2009 6:15:13 PM PST · by raptor22 · 57 replies · 2,859+ views
    Investors Business daily ^ | December 10, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Law: American heroes are arraigned for allegedly punching a terrorist in wartime. What happens to Tiger Woods isn't vital to our country's future. What happens to Matthew McCabe, Julio Huertas and Jonathan Keefe is. People are more likely to recognize the names of Tiger's alleged bimbo eruptions than the names of these three Navy SEALs we sent into battle. They are not household names in a nation consumed with Climate Gate, the public option and the antics of billionaire athletes. An administration consumed with apologies has said the architect of 9/11's massacre, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, must be given all the...
  • Blaming Blackwater: Pakistan Awash in Conspiracy Theories

    12/08/2009 10:17:32 AM PST · by AJKauf · 2 replies · 292+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Dec. 8 | Annie Jacobsen
    In May 2009, NBC News aired David Gregory’s interview with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari in which Mr. Zardari said that “we knew” that Osama bin Laden was “your operator” in the 1980s. He also said that he believed Osama bin Laden was working on behalf of the U.S. government to destabilize Pakistan and to “overthrow the first woman elected in an Islamic country.” Zadari claimed to have gotten that information from his late wife, Benazir Bhutto, who was the prime minister of Pakistan at the time. But perhaps the most outrageous allegation came just last month, from Pakistan’s Taliban...
  • Government Has Yet to Provide Evidence to Support Its Prosecution of Navy Seals for Alleged...

    12/08/2009 3:58:54 AM PST · by Cindy · 18 replies · 797+ views
    CNS NEWS.com ^ | Tuesday, December 08, 2009 | By Fred Lucas, Staff Writer
    "Government Has Yet to Provide Evidence to Support Its Prosecution of Navy Seals for Alleged Punching of Terrorist" SNIPPET: "Norfolk, Va. (CNSNews.com) – Though trial dates have been set for mid-January, defense attorneys for three Navy SEALs charged with offenses arising from the alleged punching a terror suspect in the mid-section said at an arraignment on Monday in Norfolk, Va., that the government still had not provided any evidence in the case. If defense attorneys do not get the evidence soon enough to review it, it might raise the need for a delay in the trial date, said Monica Lombardi,...
  • 2 of 3 accused SEALs to appear in court (outrageous)

    12/07/2009 9:42:05 AM PST · by pissant · 26 replies · 1,162+ views
    SJ Mercury News ^ | 12/6/09 | Larry Odell
    RICHMOND, Va.—Two Navy SEALs are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in military court on charges that they mistreated an Iraqi suspect in the gory slayings of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah. One of the SEALs is accused of punching the detainee after his September arrest, while the other is accused of lying to investigators. A third SEAL also accused of lying to investigators about the episode will be arraigned later. All three men have men have received an outpouring of support from people who view them as heroes. A Facebook page created to support the SEALs had more than 45,000...
  • Blackwater founder Erik Prince tells Vanity Fair: 'I'm through'

    12/05/2009 8:14:48 PM PST · by Irisshlass · 64 replies · 3,100+ views
    The Grand Rapids Press ^ | Dec 3, 2009 | Troy Reimink
    <p>It was reported this week that Holland native Erik Prince is severing ties to Blackwater, the controversial international security firm he founded, complaining that he had been "thrown under the bus."</p> <p>In that context, Vanity Fair's profile of Prince is a compelling read. Prince invited the magazine to tour the headquarters of Blackwater (now called Xe) in North Carolina and examine its operation in Afghanistan, presumably to clear the air.</p>
  • Navy Seals Could Face Year in Prison Over Alleged Punching of Terrorist

    12/05/2009 8:16:48 AM PST · by montag813 · 109 replies · 2,667+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 12-05-09 | CNS News
    The Navy Seals facing court martial for the alleged abuse of a terror suspect arrested for killing four Americans face up to a year in military confinement, discharge for bad conduct, and forfeiture of two-thirds of their pay for a year, if convicted, according to defense attorneys.
  • Navy Seals Could Face Year in Prison Over Alleged Punching of Terrorist

    12/05/2009 9:36:21 AM PST · by socalgal · 6 replies · 705+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | Friday, December 04, 2009 | Fred Lucas
    The Navy Seals facing court martial for the alleged abuse of a terror suspect arrested for killing four Americans face up to a year in military confinement, discharge for bad conduct, and forfeiture of two-thirds of their pay for a year, if convicted, according to defense attorneys. Further, their attorneys said that the possibilty that they would not be able to cross-examine their clients' accuser would be grounds for dismissing the case. The accuser, Ahmed Hashim Abed, is the alleged architect of the murder of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. The bodies of the four...
  • Save the SEALs: A serious nation doesn't prosecute its heroes

    11/30/2009 8:05:45 PM PST · by Abakumov · 29 replies · 1,273+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 1, 2009 | Editorial
    The fact that this case has come this far shows an astonishing lack of perspective. While these three patriotic young men stand before a military judge to answer a terrorist complaint about an alleged thrown punch, CIA- and Air Force-operated drone aircraft rain hellfire missiles on terror suspects, killing them and anyone who happens to be nearby, whether or not they have the right target. Fighting a war is dirty business. As George Orwell is reputed to have said, "we sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would...