U.S. Contractor Banned by Iraq Over Shootings

  1. U.S. Contractor Banned by Iraq Over Shootings

    BAGHDAD, Tuesday, Sept. 18-Blackwater USA, an American contractor that provides security to some of the top American officials in Iraq, has been banned from working in the country by the Iraqi government after a shooting that left eight Iraqis dead and involved an American diplomatic convoy.

    A spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, Brig. Gen. Abdul Karim Khalaf, said Monday that authorities had canceled the company's license and that the government would prosecute the participants. But under the rules that govern private security contractors here, the Iraqis do not have the legal authority to do so. ...

    ...The Bush administration expanded the outsourcing strategy after the invasion of Iraq, with companies like Blackwater and its two main competitors, Triple Canopy and DynCorp, supplying guards and training at many levels of the war.

    About 126,000 people working for contractors serve alongside American troops, including about 30,000 security contractors....

  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Roy Fokker
    Last I read, Blackwater is not "banned".

    IIRC, Iraqi Law # 10 (or some such) prevents/protects such US entities from Iraqi prosecution.

  4. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from Roy Fokker
    Last I read, Blackwater is not "banned".

    IIRC, Iraqi Law # 10 (or some such) prevents/protects such US entities from Iraqi prosecution.

    I can't find where I read that the Secretary of State apologized and persuaded maliki to reconsider.

    In another paper i read that they were never licensed in Iraq.

    These are what I found searching:

    Blackwater: "Mafia-like"Mercenaries in Iraq and California: What We Can Do at Home About This:
  5. by   Cursed Irishman
    There was a special on the Discovery Channel not too long ago about the future of warfare called "Our Children's Children's War". They interviewed the owner of Blackwater and asked why they don't consider themselves mercenaries, his answer went something like this:

    Blackwater: "We're not mercenaries because all our assignments are blessed off by the government."
    Interviewer: "But you'll work for anyone who can afford to hire you?"
    BW: "Yes."
    I: "Then how are you not mercenaries?"
    BW: "Because the government blesses off on all assignments."
    I: "But you'll work for anyone with the finances?"
    BW: "Yes"
  6. by   HM2VikingRN
    A mercenary by any other name is still a mercenary
    If the shoe fits wear it.....
  7. by   pickledpepperRN
    I think that this is very important to listen to (or read).

    Erik Prince, the founder and chairman of Blackwater USA, testified the before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform amid a public firestorm over the role of private military firms operating in Iraq and a string of probes into Blackwater's conduct.
    We play excerpts of the hearing and speak with Jeremy Scahill, author of "Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army."

    Another opinion: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/03/op...=1&oref=slogin
  8. by   bethin

    The Iraqi interior ministry said the contractor, based in North Carolina, was now banned from operating in Iraq.

    I'm on the fence regarding Blackwater. I think they're making the war private. But bf who served very recently said if they leave, it will create much bigger problems regarding security in Iraq. Many more lives could be lost.
  9. by   pickledpepperRN
    I think that the administration is having to apologize to Maliki and ask to keep this company in Iraq after the new democratically elected governmant finally made the assertive move to recind their license.
    Now we hear that the government of Iraq has to keep this private company in their country.

    I doubt if most people of Iraq can tell the difference between our soldiers and those mercinaries. Even if they can they are harming any possible good will wherever they shoot.

    How can our Generals cut down on violence when Blackwater employees are not prosecuted under any law. Even when one killed the body guard of the Vice President of Iraq in the green zone?

    What if a private contractor of Iraq or any other country killed the secret serviceman guarding our Vice President? Would that killer be allowed to leave the United States?
    How can there be any peace when some of them act like the insurgents?

    Here is an internal Blackwater memo regarding "the drunken US soldier" who killed the VP's bodyguard. It was NOT a soldier. It was a Blakwater employee: http://oversight.house.gov/documents/20071002183124.pdf

    Regarding compensation after death:

    What is the usefulness of contractors in a war zone? When is it appropriate to use them? When is it not?: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontl...ws/hammes.html

    Shootings: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...202456_pf.html

  10. by   pickledpepperRN
    Whos country is it?

    I think our soldiers can protect visiting diplomats and elected officials

    Iraq PM says 'unfit' Blackwater must go
    BAGHDAD (AFP)-Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday that Blackwater should leave the country because of the mountain of evidence against the under-fire US security firm.

    His comments came amid growing anger among Iraqis that "above-the-law" security contractors are continuing to operate in Iraq while Blackwater is being probed over a deadly shooting 17 days ago.

    "I believe the abundance of evidence against it makes it unfit to stay in Iraq," Maliki told a televised press conference in Baghdad...

  11. by   pickledpepperRN
    Blackwater won't allow arrests
    A defiant Blackwater Chairman Erik Prince said yesterday he will not allow Iraqi authorities to arrest his contractors and try them in Iraq's faulty justice system.

    "We will not let our people be taken by the Iraqis," Mr. Prince told editors and reporters at The Washington Times. At least 17 of 20 Blackwater guards being investigated for their roles in a Sept. 16 shooting incident are still in a secure compound in Baghdad's Green Zone and carrying out limited duties.