Price Spokesman Says Report Shows Need To Pass Legislation

A spokesman for Congressman David Price says word of an FBI report on a shooting which involved Blackwater security guards show a need for legislation the lawmaker is sponsoring.

The New York Times is reporting that federal agents found that the killings of at least 14 of the 17 Iraqi civilians shot by Blackwater personnel in September were unjustified and violated rules of deadly force.

Price spokesman Paul Cox says word of the report underscores that the Bush administration should work with Congress in trying to pass Price's bill.

The measure would extend American criminal law to contractors serving overseas.

Blackwater spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell says the firm has always supported what she termed "any productive moves toward accountability," including Congressman Price's measure.

Tyrrell declined comment on the story in the Times until the findings are made available.