Former Blackwater Contractors Facing Murder Charges

Two former Blackwtaer contractors have been arrested on murder charges in the deaths of two Afghans last year.

An indictment obtained by the AP charges 27-year-old Justin Cannon and 29-year-old Chris Drotleff with second-degree murder, attempted murder and weapons charges. Both of them are in custody. Both Cannon and Drotleff have said in recent interviews that they were justified when they opened fire on a threatening vehicle last year. Blackwater, now known as XE, fired both men after the shooting for failing to comply with the terms of their contract. The indictment says the shooting at a Kabul intersection killed two men.

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  • by The Voice of Reason on Jan 10, 2010 at 07:09 AM
    buster, they are not your so-called "heroes". They are innocent until proven guilty, indeed. But they are nothing more than glorified mercenaries.
  • by Dre' Location: Wilson NC on Jan 9, 2010 at 09:05 AM
    People please. When U.S. thugs kill people over there we get this "war is hell blah blah blah" but when Iragis or Afghans kill U.S. soldiers they're terrorists. You cant have it both ways. Its a war. There is no good or evil. Its war PERIOD.
  • by don't understand on Jan 8, 2010 at 05:44 PM
    War is he ll. It is not easy. This is political hog wash. When you are in a war zone you are at war. These Obama policies are sickening.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 8, 2010 at 07:39 AM
    I am sure this is not politically motivated. Seems like its open season on people that defend themselves or fight a war. I hope our soldiers know how to read the enemy the miranda rights before they shoot them.....
  • by buster Location: greenville on Jan 8, 2010 at 05:06 AM
    These men are heros, heaven forbid they kill people in a war, There are no innocent civilians in a war zone.

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