"Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf said the Moyock, N.C.-based company has been implicated in six other incidents over the past seven months, including a Feb. 7 shooting outside Iraqi state television in Baghdad in which three building guards were fatally shot.
Khalaf said other incidents include: a Sept. 9 shooting in front of Baghdad’s municipal government building that killed five people and wounded 10; a Sept. 12 shooting that wounded five on the capital’s Palestine Street; a Feb. 4 shooting near the Foreign Ministry, in which Iraqi journalist Hana al-Ameedi died; a May shooting near the Interior Ministry that claimed the life of a passer-by and a Feb. 14 incident in which Blackwater employees allegedly smashed windshields by throwing bottles of ice water at cars.
"These six cases will support the case against Blackwater, because they show that it has a criminal record," Khalaf told The Associated Press." Bushra Juhi – API
"by throwing bottles of ice water at cars" In the Army, they would be tried under UCMJ for this alone. Childish. Malicious nonsense. This is what happens when an organization with guns, training and no responsible chain of command runs amok.
Someone will say that "someone" did worse in Vietnam. Well, if that is so, they did not do it around me.
Khalaf is the Ministry of the Interior’s spokesman.
The resumption of State Department use of Blackwater protection answers the question as to whether or not there is any reality to the sovereignty of the Iraqi government. Maliki declared Blackwater’s business license to be suspended and ordered the company out of Iraq. The US Government has defied that decision. The egregious Rice has now declared that the situation will be reviewed. What a joke. Whatever credit the Iraqi government may have had in the Arab World is now finished.
"Who is going to run this place, (Iraq) us or them?" This question was foolishly asked this week by a popular American TV talk show host. His question picked at the scab of underlying American attitudes toward Iraq.
So much for purple fingers. pl
I changed the picture on this post because the other one had been altered in some way. pl