Blackwater Charges: 14 Counts Of Manslaughter

U.S. prosecutors say Blackwater Worldwide security guards used machine guns and grenade launchers in an attack on unarmed Iraqi civilians, some of whom had their hands up.

Prosecutors unsealed a 35-count indictment against the five guards Monday for a 2007 shooting in Baghdad. The guards surrendered in Utah, where they will argue the case should be tried.

The Justice Department charged the men with manslaughter, attempted manslaughter and using a machine gun in a crime of violence. The latter charge carries a 30-year mandatory prison sentence.

A sixth guard admitted in a plea deal to killing at least one Iraqi in the shooting.

U.S. attorney Jeffrey Taylor says the guards were authorized only to take defensive actions.

Blackwater is based in Moyock.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Rob Location: NC on Dec 9, 2008 at 04:24 AM
    NO, voter, I'm right here. Commenting on idiotic remarks like yours and spreading the gospel of flawless logic and highly superior intelligence. I'm glad to see the indictments. Just what these thugs deserve.
  • by voter Location: nc on Dec 9, 2008 at 02:05 AM
    hey ???, where's your buddy rob? on the martha stewart website i bet.
  • by DT Location: NC on Dec 8, 2008 at 03:20 PM
    If we are hearing about these hired guns , where are the stories about the ones under our governments control? Fair and ethical treatment should be used, it should be used by all the men and women trying to make a difference for the good people.
  • by ??? Location: NC on Dec 8, 2008 at 12:47 PM
    My question is this.Why is it they want to crucify these men, yet the US military drops bombs on the wrong house, or shells an area with artillery and innocent civilians are killed, yet they are usually not prosecuted? Are military lawyers trying to make an example because these men were not military, but "civilian" contractors? I dare any Federal Prosecutor to go over there(Iraq or Afghanistan)for 6 months and see a few of YOUR buddies get blown up by VBIEDs(car bombs)and then not be a little quick on the trigger. And also, how were these men to know that a few putting thier hands up wasnt a trick? When they are tried, ALL 12 jury members should have to have combat experince in either Iraq or Afghanistan.That is the only way someone is even qualified to make a judgement in a situation like this.
  • by TW Location: Pitt on Dec 8, 2008 at 12:35 PM
    These guy are being scapegoated. This is a PR trial in which the desired result has been pre-determined.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Dec 8, 2008 at 10:25 AM
    You know, and I know whats coming after this, if it gets posted. I would find it hard to be over there, and not shoot the "wrong" person. I say that because, considering that you are dealing with people that strap bombs to kids, and send them running up to the soldiers, you just would not know who was ok, and who wasn't. If they had their hands up, that would certainly be a sign that they are not planning on fighting, but still with just how things are over there, it must be real stressful trying to pick who doesn't want to kill you, vs who does. I really don't know if there is any kind of training available that really prepares you for that kind of environment, but some manage to do it.. They are certainly better people than I am. I hope that all of this is cleared up though..

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