PTL, PTL, TGA, PTL!!! (Just my 2c worth.)
The intersection scene of this encounter was quickly sanitized by the locals removing all the AK47 brass. WAY before any so-called investigators showed up. With a sanitized crime scene, and any local witnesses possibly favorable to BW properly threatened, the “investigators” charged that BW had maliciously, or at least recklessly, started shooting into a supposedly unarmed crowd where they claimed no threat had existed. We discussed this travesty as it developed years ago. BW had been the target of serious attacks all year, including the downing of a BW chopper shortly before this event. The BW guys in this encounter had care and keeping of VIP’s and when they came under attack at the intersection they were not about to allow it to turn into another public butchering of their VIP’s and themselves.
I’m sometimes encouraged with the wisdom of *some* our Judicial Officials such as, in this case, Judge Urbina. At least sometimes, justice does prevail.
By Del Quentin Wilber
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, January 1, 2010
A federal judge (…Judge Ricardo M. Urbina…) dismissed charges against five Blackwater Worldwide security guards accused of killing 14 Iraqi civilians in a controversial shooting in a busy Baghdad square two years ago in a ruling that sharply criticized the tactics of Justice Department prosecutors handling the case…
“In their zeal to bring charges,” Urbina wrote in a 90-page opinion, “prosecutors and investigators aggressively sought out statements in the immediate aftermath of the shooting and in the subsequent investigation. In so doing, the government’s trial team repeatedly disregarded the warnings of experienced, senior prosecutors, assigned to the case specifically to advise the trial team” on such matters.
The updated report, according to the Washington Post: