Sunday, December 7, 2008

Charged Blackwater security guards "are decorated vets"

If this is true, then we need to know the whole story. If they did this and were not fired upon, then they need to explain to the troops there why they would jeopardize the lives of the troops by a stunt like this. I really hope they have done a very thorough investigation into all of this. If they are guilty, they should not get away with it and if they are innocent, then someone has some explaining to do.

Charged Blackwater guards are decorated vets

By Matt Apuzzo and Lara Jakes Jordan - The Associated Press
Posted : Sunday Dec 7, 2008 13:40:06 EST

WASHINGTON — Defense attorneys on Saturday lambasted U.S. indictments against decorated war veterans for deadly 2007 shootings as Iraqis welcomed the charges against five Blackwater guards in a case that fueled anti-Americanism and roiled diplomacy with Baghdad.

Charges against Blackwater security guards will be unsealed Monday, more than a year after the fatal shootings of 17 Iraqi civilians. Iraqis hope the charges will finally bring justice and improve relations with the United States after the gruesome slayings on Sept. 16, 2007.

Defense lawyers say the case has unfairly tarnished the images of the Blackwater guards. Each man has received honors for his service in some of the world’s most dangerous places, from Bosnia and Afghanistan to Iraq. The five were to surrender to the FBI on Monday, when the Justice Department plans to unseal the charges against them. click link above for more

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