drieuxster (drieuxster) wrote,
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What??? Obscure Drug Laws???

Five Blackwater Worldwide security guards have been indicted and a sixth was negotiating a plea with prosecutors for a 2007 shooting that left 17 Iraqis dead and became an anti-American rallying cry for insurgents, people close to the case said Friday.
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The exact charges in the indictment were unclear, but the Justice Department has been considering manslaughter and assault charges against the guards for weeks. Prosecutors have also been considering bringing charges under a law, passed as part of a 1988 drug bill, that carries a mandatory 30-year prison sentence for using a machine gun in a crime of violence.
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To prosecute, authorities must argue that the guards can be charged under a law meant to cover soldiers and military contractors. Since Blackwater works for the State Department, not the military, it's unclear whether that law applies to its guards.

Further complicating the case, the State Department granted all the Blackwater guards limited immunity in exchange for their sworn statements shortly after the shooting. Prosecutors will need to show that they did not rely on those statements in building their case.

[ cf Sources: 5 Blackwater guards charged in shooting ( emphasis mine )
SHOCKING!!!

Just shocking that they would want to prosecute after the state department said that randome acts of armed violence with machine guns were still socially acceptable...

Can ANYONE doubt that we JUST have to have a Permenant Capital Gains Tax Cut to stop the Gay Marriage Agenda that so obviously is undermining immunity deals for random gun violence.

{ hey, just because some civilians are stabbing our troops in the back because they were not willing to suppor t the President to support the troops, doesn't mean some of us are going to GO OFF Message in a Time of Transferring the Tax Liabilities Unto the Unborn Baby UBU!!! }
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