Biden: US To Appeal Dismissal Of Blackwater Case

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says the U.S. will appeal the dismissal of manslaughter charges against five Blackwater Worldwide security guard involved in a deadly shooting in Iraq in 2007.

Biden made the announcement Saturday after a meeting with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in Baghdad.

Blackwater security contractors were guarding U.S. diplomats when the guards opened fire in a crowded Baghdad intersection. Women and children were among the victims.

Blackwater says its guards were ambushed by insurgents. Prosecutors say the shooting was unprovoked.

A federal judge in the U.S. dismissed the case, saying prosecutors violated the guards' constitutional rights and mishandled evidence.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 1, 2010 at 11:03 AM
    Anonymous on Jan 30, 2010 at 09:29 AM, we just want the facts and the truth. Our points are to inform you, not patronize you. With all the dissinformation posted out there, not only the board here, but the media as well, we are not getting either. Last I looked, the sky is blue, however, some would post it is red.....
  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2010 at 06:29 AM
    A lot of what you people are posting is not a "surprise",but it is not what the US and Britain were looking for. Ever wonder what would be "found" or 'discovered" if we looked in our own yards.Not exactly "bluebirds singing sweet melodies of bliss?" These finds were not the ""unique"" things that we were looking for. Our country has Military chemicals and WMD that most have knowledge of. WOW, I guess if someone just opened a a door and saw them ,,,they would call it a discovery,but in truth not really big news.Ever legitimate country has awfully things they don't talk about. Sadam is DEAD, Bush and the American people got what we wanted. Get out and leave them alone . They'll finish the job we started. I do believe that our WMD are to keep peace in the World until I read post like OSOC and AMD,then I can see the US has citizens with the same heart as those that terrorize them.
  • by Anonymous military dude on Jan 27, 2010 at 03:01 PM
    I agree USCG Vet, but I dont think it will be full of Obama supporters. I wont watch it though, I dont want to hear more of his lies, I will just about the highlights tomorrow, will be interesting to see what each different network say about it though.
  • by USCG Vet Location: ENC on Jan 27, 2010 at 11:51 AM
    These boards are going to be busy tomorrow after the State of Propaganda speech tonight.
  • by Anonymous military dude on Jan 27, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    Those 2 posts were by me, just forgot to put my name on them. All info was taken from Congressional Research Service, CRS Report for Congress Order Code RL31671, Sharon A. Squassoni Specialist in National Defense Foreign Affairs, Defense, and Trade Division. Just posting the facts but I know how the liberals do not like hearing the truth.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jan 27, 2010 at 08:41 AM
    Anonymous on Jan 27, 2010 at 09:25 AM, are you trying to confuse the liberals with the "facts they don't want to hear?" Well, if it wasn't on PMSNBC, it couldn't be true....could it?
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2010 at 07:52 AM
    Did you get the part that the fate of about 31,600 chemical munitions, 550 mustard gas bombs, 4,000 tons of chemical precursors and Iraq’s capabilities to produce VX agent are still unknown. Where did they go?
  • by USCG Vet Location: ENC on Jan 27, 2010 at 06:49 AM
    We ARE at war. We were attacked last month (i.e. underwear bomber)! They are trying to KILL us!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2010 at 06:25 AM
    In contrast, Iraq’s capabilities in chemical weapons and missiles were relatively well-known. Inspectors destroyed 38,500 munitions, 480,000 liters of chemical agents, and 1.8 million liters of precursor chemicals (but the fate of about 31,600 chemical munitions, 550 mustard gas bombs, 4,000 tons of chemical precursors and Iraq’s capabilities to produce VX agent are still unknown). Secretary Powell cited 4 human intelligence sources about the existence of about 18 mobile biological weapons laboratories. Powell noted that it would be virtually impossible to find these mobile labs without Iraqi cooperation. In the nuclear area, Secretary Powell reported on Iraqi attempts to procure magnets and high speed balancing machines from companies in Romania, India, Russia and Slovenia to support assertions that Iraq is pursuing a centrifuge uranium enrichment program. With respect to missiles, Secretary Powell reported that Iraq had continued to import SA-2 rocket engines as late as Dec 2002.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2010 at 06:20 AM
    From May 1991 to December 1998, UNSCOM and the IAEA’s Action Team on Iraq conducted several thousand inspections at over 1,000 facilities. The extent and scale of Iraq’s programs to develop biological weapons, chemical weapons, and nuclear weapons surprised even those knowledgeable in those areas. IAEA inspections uncovered a Manhattan-Projectlike nuclear weapons program, which employed thousands of scientists and explored many avenues of producing weapons-grade material. Nonetheless, Iraq had not produced any real weapons-grade material, although it did have a crash program to secretly divert highly enriched uranium under IAEA safeguards for a warhead, as well as a crude weapons design. Inspections also uncovered bulk biological weapons agent production and a rudimentary delivery capability. Much about Iraq’s biological weapons program is still unknown. In contrast, Iraq’s capabilities in chemical weapons and missiles were relatively well-known.
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