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This article appeared in United Press International on December 12, First, the implications of the indictment and eventual trial verdict will have an impact that goes far beyond Iraq. Contractors are the U. Private security contractors around the world will be watching the forthcoming trial with great attention and greater concern. Blackwater claimed the convoy was attacked by armed insurgents, but Iraqi officials immediately denied that. As Jeffrey Taylor, U.

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This article appeared in United Press International on December 12, First, the implications of the indictment and eventual trial verdict will have an impact that goes far beyond Iraq. Contractors are the U. Private security contractors around the world will be watching the forthcoming trial with great attention and greater concern. Blackwater claimed the convoy was attacked by armed insurgents, but Iraqi officials immediately denied that.

As Jeffrey Taylor, U. None of them was an insurgent. Many were shot while inside civilian vehicles that were attempting to flee from the convoy. One victim was shot in the chest while standing in the street with his hands up. Did it happen or not? Taylor was careful to say that the indictment does not charge or implicate Blackwater. It charges only the actions of certain employees for their role in the shooting.

If true, at the time of the incident and in the months that followed, this individual gave false information to the company to conceal that behavior. Both the conduct itself and misleading Blackwater after the fact would violate the high standards of conduct required of each Blackwater independent contractor.

Earlier this year U. That was old news. Such an attitude has been criticized by other parts of the government as well.

While publicly the State Department made all the right noises about following the rules on escalation of force and following proper firearms policy, in private it told Blackwater to just do whatever it takes. For example, on Oct. Yet shortly after his resignation, ABC News reported that two key deputies who worked closely with the security contractors, Kevin Barry and Justine Sincavage, received quiet promotions.

Coupled with new procedures put in place in the aftermath of Nisoor Square as well as the new Iraq-U. Status of Forces Agreement, the likelihood of unjustified shooting in Iraq by private contractors during the remainder of the time the United States remains in Iraq should decrease substantially.

If the U. And it has long been clear that since before the start of the Iraq War on up until fairly recently, the government has not been up to the job.

The best thing is to prevent bad things from happening in the first place, not to have adequate means to prosecute them after they happen. What that means is fewer lawyers and more auditors. Up to now the government has been missing in action on that count.

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Information On Ridgeway Case "This is going to be a very dense, technical case with a ton of pre-trial issues that will have to be resolved before the first witness is called," writes Cohen. The law is murky on whether contractors can be charged in U. The guards face the prospect of year mandatory prison terms under the anti-machine gun law passed during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic. The sixth guard was identified as Jeremy Ridgeway. The case is complicated by the circumstances involving the Iraq war, which could affect legal strategy. The fledgling Iraqi government wanted Blackwater expelled from the country.

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By James Risen and Mark Mazzetti April 16, WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors charged the former president of Blackwater Worldwide and four other former senior company officials on Friday with weapons violations and making false statements in the first criminal inquiry to reach into the top management ranks of the private security company. Prince, who was not charged, remains at the helm of the company, now known as Xe Services, while many other executives have left as the company has sought to reshape its public image in the face of mounting legal and political scrutiny. They could include charges for bribery and export violations, according to officials familiar with the case, perhaps under a strategy of turning former and current executives of the company against one another. A federal grand jury in Raleigh, N. Blackwater sought to have the sheriff pose as the owner of the weapons because federal firearms law made it illegal for Blackwater to have so many of them, according to the indictment. Federal prosecutors charge that Blackwater shipped the weapons overseas with the barrels detached in an effort to avoid export regulations.

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However, the company was allowed to continue to operate in Iraq until January when the U. Department of State and the CIA may be unaffected by license revocation. The order confines most Americans to a 3. The order did not say when the suspension would expire.

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Information On Ridgeway Case Defense attorneys sought to move the case to Utah, where one of the five guards lives, in hopes of appealing to conservative jurors who may be more sympathetic to the war in Iraq than those in Washington. But the Justice Department argued that the case should remain in Washington and a federal magistrate in Salt Lake City agreed, although defense attorneys can appeal for the right to return to Utah. Outraged Iraqis have waited more than a year to see how the U. The shooting by the largest U. Prosecutors said the slain included young children, women, people fleeing in cars and a man whose arms were raised in surrender as he was shot in the chest. The drama is far from over.

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