U.S. Mulls Unusual Tactic As Blackwater Charges Loom

Guards for North Carolina-based Blackwater Worldwide who were involved in a deadly Baghdad shooting of Iraq civilians last year could face mandatory 30-year prison sentences.

People close to the case say the Justice Department could prosecute the guards under an anti-drug law, even though drugs were
not involved.

The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 law calls for 30-year prison terms for using machine guns to commit violent crimes of any kind, whether drug-related or not.

Blackwater's guards, hired to protect U.S. diplomats, were responding to a car bombing when a shooting erupted in a crowded intersection. Moyock-based Blackwater insists its convoy was ambushed by insurgents. Witnesses said the guards were unprovoked.

Charges could be announced as early as Monday.

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  • by Rob Location: NC on Dec 7, 2008 at 12:42 PM
    Good, ???. Very good, in fact. Accept it and move on. Oh, and by the way, Anonymous posting yesterday at 3:51PM yesterday- nice shot. I liked the line about "Palin-like cheerleaders".
  • by ??? Location: NC on Dec 6, 2008 at 07:27 PM
    Oh yeah ROB, your 'truly elected' president won by cheating, Acorn cheating, changing rules so ex cons can vote, lying about his citizenship. You get the picture. I dont need to go on.
  • by Anonymous Location: eastern caarolina on Dec 6, 2008 at 06:23 PM
    Do all of us who live in the US have to have a civil rights lawyer on retainer? Mike Nifong made North Carolina a laughing stock. I for one, am willing to believe the guards were fired on. And responded in kind. I also find it hard to believe the Iraqis who died were there innocently. And to try them on a US Anti-drug law reminds me of Johnny Sutton and Ramos/Compean. I wouldn't be surprised if the star witnesses don't commit perjury or be given complete immunity even though the DOJ knows the **** is lying through their teeth. Did DHS IG fly to Iraq, fly the star witness back to the US on taxpayers' money, have him treated at a military hospital, take the evidence and then lie about it, and give him free room and board? Just like the Marines in Haditha, these guards shouldn't have to fight for their rights. Especially, on a bogus fishing expedition, the DOJ is putting them through.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Dec 6, 2008 at 06:02 PM
    To Anonymous, I got your coward. The reason I didnt go in the military was because I got my knee tore up playing football my senior year in high school.But since you have "combat experience", what does that say about you that you will take up for a yellowbellied liberal war protester? If you are so good at combat, why dont you go and reinlist. Then they would need 1 less contractor. You up for it? Or are you scared???
  • by Rob Location: NC on Dec 6, 2008 at 02:56 PM
    First of all, a good number of you need a lesson in English 101 due to the grammar in some of these posts. Second, I don't hold mercenary organizations such as Blackwater in high regard, if any. Its CEO, Eric Prince, is a huge supporter of your soon to be ex-president, Governor Bush, and a huge contributor to the RNC. I don't believe that mercenaries should be fighting this nation's wars, especially one as illegal as this one. If anything, Prince and his other co-conspirators should be charged with war crimes and treason for leading this country into a war under false pretenses. I'll rest my case here. Wrap yourselves in the flag and enjoy the next four years of a truly elected President.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2008 at 12:51 PM
    I have been in combat, ???.I don't cowards like you and all of these Palin-like cheerleaders lecturing me on anything.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Dec 6, 2008 at 12:32 PM
    To Rob, they are trained professionals, most are ex military that are contracted by the government to do security and other jobs so the military is freed up to do thier job.So maybe they shouldnt hire contractors. Maybe they should reinstate the draft and send all the crybabies like you Rob to fight so there will be plenty of military manpower. Then you could do something useful instead of sitting back here with all the Liberals crying about something that you know nothing of.Also, I have a question for the military lawyers, why are these men being prosecuted when there are cases of friendlies and civilians killed by artillery and bombs dropped from aircraft.Stuff like this happens from time to time in the haze of battle.I have never even been in the military and I am smart enough to know that.Rob, why dont You pick up a book sometime by someone that has actually been to war and learn something.As for the military lawyers, they all should have to have some combat experience.
  • by Rob Location: NC on Dec 6, 2008 at 11:34 AM
    I am a free thinking progressive and proud of it. All of you who worship Blackwater need to go the VFW , have a drink and another of your flashbacks while you bow and genuflect to our so-called "heroes". And another thing. According to Faux News (We Distort, You Abide), most of these so-called "professionals" were former "decorated military veterans". This should have no bearing on them whatsoever. These murderers should be prosecuted to the fulest extent of the law.
  • by Ron Location: Merritt on Dec 5, 2008 at 05:40 PM
    Rob, you reveal yourself to be a flaming liberal. I'd rather have a Blackwater operative beside me in a firefight than you any day!
  • by Ranger Location: NC on Dec 5, 2008 at 04:26 PM
    I was a merc for a few years, and we did get things done. We did things that the Military could not do. And we did it right. When you have people shooting at you and Have no back up then you do what you have to. And trust me we did. I know some Guys at Blackwater and they are very good at what they do.
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