Fed Judge lets Blackwater murderers off the hook.

From the NYT via Crooks and Liars:

In a significant blow to the Justice Department, a federal judge on Thursday threw out the indictment of five former Blackwater security guards over a shooting in Baghdad in 2007 that left 17 Iraqis dead and about 20 wounded.

The judge cited misuse of statements made by the guards in his decision, which brought to a sudden halt one of the highest-profile prosecutions to arise from the Iraq war. The shooting at Nisour Square frayed relations between the Iraqi government and the Bush administration and put a spotlight on the United States’ growing reliance on private security contractors in war zones.

Investigators concluded that the guards had indiscriminately fired on unarmed civilians in an unprovoked and unjustified assault near the crowded traffic circle on Sept. 16, 2007. The guards contended that they had been ambushed by insurgents and fired in self-defense.

A trial on manslaughter and firearm offenses was planned for February, and the preliminary proceedings had been closely watched in the United States and Iraq.

But in a 90-page opinion, Judge Ricardo M. Urbina of Federal District Court in Washington wrote that the government’s mishandling of the case “requires dismissal of the indictment against all the defendants.”

In a “reckless violation of the defendants’ constitutional rights,” the judge wrote, investigators, prosecutors and government witnesses had inappropriately relied on statements that the guards had been compelled to make in debriefings by the State Department shortly after the shootings. The State Department had hired the guards to protect its officials.

Aint’ that some shit to start off the new year with?

About Dusty, hells most vocal bitch

I am a..brown Cali bitch that is quite the opinionated,political, pain-in-the-ass, in your face kinda girl that also loves baseball and music to a fault. Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.--Albert Einstein-*

Posted on January 1, 2010, in Blackwater, jurisprudence. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Great minds, Dusty.  If you remember fcrom the previous incarnation of PP, I raised a big stink when the Bush/GOP regime took their testimony for State under immunity.  I said that they were doing it to taint the evidence and prevent their hired thugs from being prosecuted for their crimes.  This time, I hate being right.

    Happy New Year to you and all here.

  2. I have to agree with TomCat.  Federal prosecutors are (hopefully) not dumb people.  I appears to me that they wanted the case thrown out, probably to prevent “certain information” from coming out. 

    It is a shame to see the Obama justice department protecting the Bush/Cheney cabal.

  3. Do not kid yourselves folks. This is not just about Yoo. It is also about protecting the office [power] of the Presidency. Past present and future.

  4. Since the DOJ has been following most of the BushCo doctrine since Day One..I do not doubt that they are quite giddy over this case being dismissed. Fuckers…

  5. The biggest mistake here by anyone was thinking that mercenaries could be used without something like this happening.  Are they ever a good idea?

  6. I don't think any of us were delusional enough to believe anything good would come out of merc's Dave. If anything, it made most of us felt dread that something like this would happen..it was just a matter of when.

  7. SCOTUS SKREWEDUS

    AMAZING SUCH CRAP FROM ADULT HUMAN BEINGS.
    IT WILL BE HARD TO GET THE LEGISLATION THROUGH TO STOP IT IF THE DEMOCRATS DON'T GET THEIR SHIT TOGETHER.
    jOE MCCARTHY HAD NOTHIN ON THESE CRAZY REPUBLICANS WE HAVE. 

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