My oh my..isn't this something? Of course the word murder doesn't enter into the FBI report..but what else do you call killing unarmed civilians? From the NYT:
Federal agents investigating the Sept. 16 episode in which Blackwater security personnel shot and killed 17 Iraqi civilians have found that at least 14 of the shootings were unjustified and violated deadly-force rules in effect for security contractors in Iraq, according to civilian and military officials briefed on the case.
The F.B.I. investigation into the shootings in Baghdad is still under way, but the findings, which indicate that the company's employees recklessly used lethal force, are already under review by the Justice Department.
So the Iraqi's were correct when they called it murder of innocent civilians..interesting no? But hold on there..just because they are murderers doesn't mean they will be brought to justice my dear reader. From the article:
Prosecutors have yet to decide whether to seek indictments, and some officials have expressed pessimism that adequate criminal laws exist to enable them to charge any Blackwater employee with criminal wrongdoing. Spokesmen for the Justice Department and the F.B.I. declined to discuss the matter.
Five will get ya ten, Blackwater gets away with this..any takers? Also..this case could be dropped squarely in Mukasey's lap..can't wait to see him wiggle out of this one. As one investigator put it:
"I wouldn't call it a massacre, but to say it was unwarranted is an understatement."
Some of these innocent civilians were shot leaving the scene..which means most likely..in the back. Cold blooded killings my dear reader.
A separate military review of the Sept. 16 shootings concluded that all of the killings were unjustified and potentially criminal. One of the military investigators said the F.B.I. was being generous to Blackwater in characterizing any of the killings as justifiable. (emphasis mine)
Tags: Blackwater, federal contractors, getting away with murder