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16 Jan 2008

Human Rights First

Department of Justice Continues to Ignore Violent Crimes Committed By Its Private Security Contractors in Iraq, Afghanistan

The Department of Justice’s systematic failure to hold private security contractors operating in Iraq and Afghanistan criminally responsible for acts of excessive violence and abuse has created a dangerous “culture of impunity,” a new report finds. Released today by Human Rights First, the report entitled “Private Security Contractors at War: Ending the Culture of Impunity,” offers the first comprehensive look at this growing crisis and includes a number of practical recommendations for addressing and correcting this increasingly dangerous situation…It concludes that this lack of accountability has given rise to a principle of “shoot first, ask questions later—or never,”…[refers to Blackwater]