Ex-Blackwater Guards Sentenced to Long Prison Terms in 2007 Killings of Iraqi Civilians

Epigraph:

We (Allah) prescribed for the children of Israel that whosoever killed a person — unless it be for killing a person or for creating disorder in the land — it shall be as if he had killed all mankind; and whoso gave life to one, it shall be as if he had given life to all mankind. And Our Messengers came to them with clear Signs, yet even after that, many of them commit excesses in the land. (Al Quran 5:33)

    Clockwise from top left: Dustin L. Heard, Nicholas A. Slatten, Evan S. Liberty and Paul A. Slough. Credit Jose Luis Magana/AP; Cliff Owen/AP; Cliff Owen/AP; Douglas C. Pizac/AP


Clockwise from top left: Dustin L. Heard, Nicholas A. Slatten, Evan S. Liberty and Paul A. Slough. Credit Jose Luis Magana/AP; Cliff Owen/AP; Cliff Owen/AP; Douglas C. Pizac/AP

Source: New York Times

APRIL 13, 2015

WASHINGTON — One by one, four former Blackwater security contractors wearing blue jumpsuits and leg irons stood before a federal judge on Monday and spoke publicly for the first time since a deadly 2007 shooting in Iraq.

The men had been among several private American security guards who fired into Baghdad’s crowded Nisour Square on Sept. 16, 2007, and last October they were convicted of killing 14 unarmed Iraqis in what prosecutors called a wartime atrocity. Yet on Monday, as they awaited sentences that they knew would send them to prison for most if not all of their lives, they defiantly asserted their innocence.

“I know for a fact that I will be exonerated, in this life and the next,” said Paul A. Slough.

“I am very sorry for the loss of life,” Dustin L. Heard said. “But I cannot say in all honesty to the court that I believe I did anything wrong.”

“As God is my witness,” Evan S. Liberty said, he fired only at insurgents who were shooting at him.

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  1. It is the Privatization of the “state institutions” – the army – which blurs the lines for the soldier in the field. Is the killing of human being, enemy or not, is to save the “state” or a “private company”, in this case “Black Water”? The question in this particular case for the court to decide is “what were the policies of the US State which became instrumental in creating these “killing machines”.

    The verse quoted above is very clear on this point. “Creating disorder in the land” can only be decided by the state and it is only the state which is permitted to “kill to keep order in the land”. Why did the US state shirk its responsibility and created private armies, like Black Water and the like. And how come the US state is now passing sentences against the “effects”, these four persons, and not the “causes”, which is the policy of “private armies”.

    MAV
    Sweden

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