Lying Media Bastards

October 3, 2007

Makes Sense


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After the highly publicized killing of eleven Iraqi civilians, the contractor/mercenary company Blackwater USA is now being investigated by the US government. It appears, shockingly, that men who will kill for money sometimes act in an unethical manner.

The FBI is heading to Iraq to investigate this latest killing spree incident. But Iraq is dangerous, and with the US military stretched to the breaking point, who will protect the FBI agents while they try to solve the case?

Why, Blackwater USA, of course! Depending on Blackwater for their very survival, and being surrounded by Blackwater staffers awash in testosterone and weaponry will in no way influence the FBI’s conclusions.

Hyper-irony and mega-ridculousness aside, it’s probably an exercise in futility. My understanding is that for most intents and purposes, US contractors in Iraq are above the law. They’re not subject to the rules of the US military, and are immune to Iraqi laws (although it now appears that the Iraqi government is planning to rescind that immunity. But I imagine that it won’t cover past crimes, just future ones).

If you want more info on this, your best bets are the works of journalist Jeremy Scahill, who’s written a whole book about Blackwater USA, and Robert Young Pelton, who has written about the mercenary armies in Iraq.

[update]

The FBI has now changed their mind, and their investigators in Iraq will be protected by the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Service. Whatever that is.

Posted by Jake on October 3, 2007 9:19 am

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