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22 Okt 2014

Center for Constitutional Rights

Rights Attorneys Who Sued Blackwater Respond to Murder, Manslaughter Verdict

In response to today’s guilty verdicts against all four former Blackwater security guards charged in the 2007 killings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) Legal Director Baher Azmy issued the statement below... "While today’s verdict cannot bring back the innocent Iraqis killed at Nisoor Square, it is a step towards full accountability for Blackwater’s actions. However, holding individuals responsible is not enough.  If corporations like Blackwater...are granted the rights accorded to “people” they must also bear the responsibilities.  Private military contractors played a major role in the pressure to go to war in Iraq and have engaged in a variety of war crimes and atrocities during the invasion and occupation, while reaping billions of dollars in profits from the war.  To this day, the U.S. government continues to award Blackwater and its successor entities millions of dollars each year in contracts, essentially rewarding war crimes."... [Refers also to CACI Premier Technology & L-3 Services (now Engility)]


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4 ex-Blackwater guards sentenced by US court over 2007 killings of Iraqi civilians

Blackwater USA lawsuit (re 16 Sep 2007 Baghdad incident)