Blackwater's copter dropped a riot-control substance that can be used only under the strictest conditions and with the approval of top military commanders. "This was decidedly uncool and very, very dangerous," Capt. Kincy Clark of the Army, the senior officer at the scene, wrote later that day. "It's not a good thing to cause soldiers to cover their faces, choke, cough and otherwise degrade our awareness." Use of CS gas in war is prohibited by the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention (signed in 1993)"An armored vehicle on the ground also released the gas, temporarily blinding drivers, passers-by and at least 10 American soldiers operating the checkpoint."
"The U.S. government's reaction to the shootings has been characterized by confusion, defensiveness, a multiplicity of uncoordinated ad hoc investigations, and interagency finger-pointing. These failures underscored the Justice Department's unwillingness or inability to systematically investigate and prosecute allegations of serious violent crimes."
The protesters say they were denied their constitutional right to a public trial. Six of them were tried, convicted and sentenced behind close doors after the judge took the rare step of clearing the courtroom. The seven were arrested in October when they reenacted what happened in Baghdad on September 16, when Blackwater forces opened fire and shot dead seventeen Iraqi civilians.
Repairs & Painting Of Convoy Vehicles Following Baghdad Shootings Hinder FBI Investigation / The repairs essentially destroyed evidence that Justice Department investigators hoped to examine in a criminal case that has drawn worldwide attention. It also has become a flash point in the debate over whether contractors are immune from legal consequences for their actions in a war zone.
************************************************ While Mindfuck Inc. is happily turning the citizen into an amused to death consumer; the privatization of our institution is going full tilt!
You say you want a devolution ? Well, hell, you know… You better free your mind instead…and what better way to do this than by putting the greatest war machine in history in the hands of fundamentalist and obscurantist of all faiths.
Hey, Canadians are showing the way ahead !
After all, Sinister Stockwell "Doris" Day, who’s in charge of YOUR security openly defend that dinosaurs and humans lived in harmony side by side 6000 years ago !!!???
Did we all have our bowl of stupid this morning ?
Seems like basic common & science knowledge is optional when you are dealing with such trivial matters has bending over-backward for the Bush/Cheney junta and their industrial-military-media complex backers & friends.
But who has time for these frivolities? We’ve got a war to win !
I'm sure the 1,168,058 Slaughtered Iraqis Since The U.S. Invaded Iraq feel the pressure too...While the 3,940 U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America's War On Iraq, must cheer on from the sky !
The sovereign disgust our masters show for humanity is exemplified in this timeless little ditty, vomited by a well know 5 stars vermin...
"Military men are just dumb stupid animals to be used as pawns in foreign policy." - Henry Kissinger
How about giving a little bad press to the absurd cost of the Iraki invasions and putting resources into barbaric, shameful acts like the use of cluster bombs, those packages of brightly colored mini explosives (often made to resemble toys or food packets) that are scattered by the dozens upon contact with the ground where they patiently wait to be picked up by curious civilians (usually children).
Or what about the use of uranium bullets, missiles & bombs that will insure generations of deformed babies and cancer-riddled population ? You've got the biggest war crime since Vietnam and it's 3 millions dead and agent orange victims. Now that's half of the nazi holocaust ! Thank the GOP and our Mindfuck Inc. of a media for keeping the people in the dark for so long.
And don't think the rest of the world doesn't know !
Gonzo nailed it for all of us to realize…
We have become a monster in the eyes of the whole world – a nation of bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are not just whores for power and oil, but killer whores with hate and fear in our hearts. We are human scum, and that is how history will judge us… No redeeming social value. Just whores. Get out of our way, or we’ll kill you. – Hunter S. Thompson