Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Blackwater Update

It's been revealed the State Department officials, in a move that has confounded officials in the Department of Justice, granted limited immunity to the Blackwater contractors involved in the deadly Nisour square shooting last month in Iraq, despite apparently lacking the authority to do so. This move has complicated investigations into the incident by DOJ and FBI officials, as it's unclear to what extent the immunities granted are valid or legal or can be used to prevent the contractor's statements from being used against them in any future prosecution.

For their part, the Iraqi government is drafting legislation to repeal contractor immunity from Iraqi law.

The State Deparment has also revealed that all convoys being guarded by private security contractors will be overseen by the U.S. military, though it's not at all clear from the article what punishment-if any-guards that violate military rules would face.

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