October 04, 2007

VIDEO: Blackwater Chopper Evacs Polish Ambassador after IED Attack

Via, those are Blackwater USA personnel evacuating the wounded Polish ambassador to Iraq after his convoy was hit by at least two IEDs. Polish security guard, Bartosz Orzechowski and an unnamed Iraqi civilian died in the attack.

Blackwater didn't fire a shot during this mission, as shocking as that may be to some. It is one of at least 15,805 Blackwater USA missions where shots were not fired. I'm not justifying prior behavior, just attempting to point out the behavior that is more typical.

As for the atypical missions such as the recent disastrous shooting at Nisoor Square, Congress is taking steps to rectify deficiencies under current law that some argue makes private security contractors immune from prosecution.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 4, 2007 02:22 PM

The UCMJ regarding contractors was altered in January 2007 to say that UCMJ action could be taken against contractors "In time of declared war or a contigency operation, persons serving with or accompanying an armed force in the field." I know many people read this to mean because they work for the Department of State, Blackwater isn't covered, but to me that seems like a very narrow interpetation of the law. Maybe I am wrong, but I think if the military wanted to press UCMJ charges against Blackwater, they would have every right to do so under current law.

Posted by: BohicaTwentyTwo at October 4, 2007 02:39 PM

the left/msm/dems are trying to turn blackwater into this cycles abu graihb.

Posted by: reliapundit at October 4, 2007 08:15 PM

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