Blackwater controversy in Potrero and in Iraq
Union Tribune (2007-11-04) Doug Cooper, Fran Howard, Louise Buck, Norman Hansen
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November 4, 2007
Thousands of people volunteered throughout San Diego to help victims of the wildfires, but your newspaper decided to highlight Blackwater's vice president and his contribution to Potrero (“Potrero pulls together / Blackwater's relief effort wins praise of project foe”).
Surely we San Diegans do not want an industry in our county that is above the law, which has needlessly and carelessly killed many Iraqi civilians. This company has been accountable to no one, not even the State Department.
The damage it has done to our reputation in the world is irreparable.
Can we count on our county supervisors to not being pressured into approving something that would stain us with this menace?
Blackwater has, with its unchecked military liberties, cost our nation its former high standing in the world. Do we want such an industry in our own county? Please, phone your county supervisor and tell him or her not to sanction Blackwater.
Regarding “Security guards offered immunity” (News, Oct. 30):
Why bother serving in the military where you get paid less, can't quit and are held to the standard of the Uniform Code of Military Justice? I know we are no longer even hoping to “win hearts and minds” but allowing mercenaries to run roughshod over the populace and shoot up the place with impunity would seem to encourage just the opposite, engendering resentment and retaliation. Outsourcing our national defense – and what's left of our national honor – is a poor idea. And doing it without built-in restraints is insanity.
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Who are these people who grant immunity to miscreants of Blackwater? Why is immunity even considered as an option? A felonious crime occurred causing national embarrassment and an insidious attempt by the State Department to cover up or at least create deniabilty of any responsibility of a free wheeling mercenary army that had no master.
No accountability will ever be forthcoming for those alleged public servants who condoned and authorized the presence of Blackwater and its counterparts in this war. No government oversight was in place or contemplated to prevent the disgraceful excesses done in the name of this nation.
Immunity is a lawyers' tool, used to hide all elements of truth. Aggressive investigation hardly ever needs to sop the progression of law.
The State Department is and always has been rife with incompetence and should not be allowed to pervert the law.