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Contractors for Blackwater subsidiary indicted on murder charges

Two defense contractors working for a subsidiary of the former Blackwater Worldwide have been charged in the killings of two Afghan citizens in Kabul and the wounding a third, prosecutors said Thursday.

Justin Cannon, 27, of Corpus Christi, Tex., and Christopher Drotleff, 29, of Virginia Beach were indicted on murder and other charges by a federal grand jury in Norfolk. Blackwater (now called Xe Services LLC) has come under fire for a series of incidents in which its heavily armed guards were accused of using excessive force during the Iraq war.

-- Jerry Markon

By Washington Post Editors  |  January 7, 2010; 3:23 PM ET
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Good luck with establishing legal jurisdiction for an offense alleged to have been committed against foreigners in a foreign country.

Posted by: screwjob11 | January 7, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Look up the definition of the word Colonialism and think about it. The Europeans and Americans have been invading and manipulating weaker countries for centuries for their conglomerates and Freebooters to steal their natural resources and lands for colonization. With the enslavement, rape, murder and genocide of the Indigenous inhabitants. Theft and Murder.
The Mercenaries, the bought off News Media conglomerates continue to propagandize as "Contractors", are nothing more than civilians, in a war zone, making a profit off the pain, suffering and murder of civilians.
Ultimately the Republican, Democrat and Independent legislators and officials who are bribed with "campaign contributions" as well as past and future employment and investments, and their corporate pimps, are responsible for the policies of Theft and Murder and the resulting Terrorism.
They will never admit their policie of Colonialism are nothing more than Theft and Murder and leads to Terrorism. To do so, they'll be forced to admit they're guilty of Theft and Murder and are responsible for the murder of 3,000 Americans and destruction of the World Trade Center and damage of the Pentagon on 9/11, the murder of 255 Marines in the 1982 bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, the 1993 bombing of the World Trasde Center, the bombing of the USS Cole, and the bombing and torpedoing of the USS Liberty and the subsequent strafing and Murder of the majority of the United States Navy personnel of the USS Liberty.
Colonialism = Theft and Murder = Terrorism. And the Mercenaries are part of it.

Posted by: CurtJ | January 7, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Jurisdiction issues will preclude anything past the motion to dismiss. That said, this action by the USG is just plain absolutely wrong. We send these guys into horrific personal security situations and some people think it is Times Square. For those who have never been to Afghanistan..either the city of Kabul or other...everywhere is dangerous.

When in doubt, take immediate action...for those who thought for a second twice...well, most are dead.

If someone should be should the officer who takes responsibility for the screwup at Op Anaconda..or atop Takur Ghar..or sending in four SEALS when an un-manned vehicle could of done the job...other people who fabricated facts about weapons of mass destruction and the withdrawl of critical assets to Iraq from Afghanistan in 2003...I know, because I was there...

Good luck

Posted by: LTC-11A | January 7, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, this time the civilian- slaughtering terrorists will not escape justice.

Posted by: revbookburn | January 7, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Not to worry. Their Uncle DICK Cheney will find another way "around the law" for them like those charged in Iraq. Hands off his private "Christian" mercenaries.

Posted by: coloradodog | January 7, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

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