Immunity Deals Offered to Blackwater Guards
The State Department investigators from the agency’s investigative arm, the Bureau of Diplomatic Security, offered the immunity grants even though they did not have the authority to do so, the officials said. Prosecutors at the Justice Department, who do have such authority, had no advance knowledge of the arrangement, they added.
Where do I start? Of COURSE this stinks to high heaven. The head of the BDS has quit. I'm sure he just wants to "spend more time with his family."
I'm going to dial up my psychic powers and predict what will happen to these Blackwater guys................
NOT A DAMN THING!!!
Oh sure, they might get a letter placed in their "permanant record", but nothing of substance will happen to these men who killed seventeen people. SEVENTEEN!! Most serial killers don't hit numbers like that. Those people don't count because they are Iraqis. God only cares about dead Americans, right? And these same people may be able to just switch to another company, like Dyncorp, and keep working in Iraq.
Let's not forget the damage this is doing to US/Iraq relations. Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki called this a criminal act and an internal Iraqi inquiry found that the Blackwater mercenaries were "100% guilty". They want Blackwater out of the country. They want the right to prosecute offenders. Who can blame them? So far all we have promised is "more oversight". We know what that is worth.