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The Associated Press Reports Immunity To Blackwater

By Theo O’Brien

By granting Blackwater bodyguards immunity from prosecution, the State Department may have placed a strong deterrent in the federal investigation of the security contractor’s role in a shooting in Iraq that left seventeen Iraqi civilians dead.

The immunity deal has delayed a criminal inquiry into the Sept. 16 killings and could undermine any effort to prosecute security contractors for their role in the incident that has infuriated the Iraqi government.

‘Once you give immunity, you can’t take it away,’ said a senior law enforcement official familiar with the investigation.(1)

An Iraqi probe investigated Blackwater’s role in the deaths of seventeen civilians earlier this month. The conclusion was that Blackwater’s body guards were unprovoked and fired randomly, this prompted Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to call for the company’s immediate departure from Iraq. The FBI is currently involved in its own investigation into the matter but it is reported that several of the Blackwater employees have refused to answer a number of questions citing the recently granted immunity.

[In the pursuit of truth, it is worth mentioning that Fox News has challenged the authenticity of the Associated Press story.]


October 29, 2007 - Posted by | Blackwater, Theo O'Brien | ,

1 Comment »

  1. Actually, as you read through, the story line becomes familiar: in an effort to determine the truth of a matter, immunity is granted to those involved, to encourage full cooperation. (With an exception retained for particularly gross offenders.) In other circumstances this would be called a “truth and reconciliation commission.” South Africa set up one after apartheid fell. The same arrangement is fairly common in America in certain types of investigations. This is not the shocking news its being made out to be.

    Comment by Aaron R. Linderman | October 29, 2007 | Reply

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