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  1. Subscriber no1marauder
    It's Nice to Be Nice
    23 Oct '14 21:33
    A federal jury in Washington convicted four Blackwater Worldwide guards Wednesday in the fatal shooting of 14 unarmed Iraqis, seven years after the American security contractors fired machine guns and grenades into a Baghdad traffic circle in one of the most ignominious chapters of the Iraq war.

    The guilty verdicts on murder, manslaughter and gun charges marked a sweeping victory for prosecutors, who argued in an 11-week trial that the defendants fired recklessly and out of control in a botched security operation after one of them falsely claimed to believe the driver of an approaching vehicle was a car bomber. Jurors rejected the guards’ claims that they were acting in self-defense and were the target of incoming AK-47 gunfire.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/verdict-expected-in-blackwater-shooting-case/2014/10/22/5a488258-59fc-11e4-bd61-346aee66ba29_story.html

    Perhaps this will serve as a dose of cold water for the US' present mania for hiring private contractors to act as de facto mercenaries in war zones. Probably not though.
  2. 23 Oct '14 23:49
    Originally posted by no1marauder
    A federal jury in Washington convicted four Blackwater Worldwide guards Wednesday in the fatal shooting of 14 unarmed Iraqis, seven years after the American security contractors fired machine guns and grenades into a Baghdad traffic circle in one of the most ignominious chapters of the Iraq war.

    The guilty verdicts on murder, manslaughter and gun char ...[text shortened]... for hiring private contractors to act as de facto mercenaries in war zones. Probably not though.
    Agree with your last comment. When have voices of reason been listened to? The anti federalists wrote long and often about the dangers of standing armies, and again the principal raises its ugly head.