Blackwater and co Iraq data-dump: mercenaries shot a judge with impunity, used bullets as hand signals, were not disciplined as this "would lower morale"

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27 Responses to “Blackwater and co Iraq data-dump: mercenaries shot a judge with impunity, used bullets as hand signals, were not disciplined as this "would lower morale"”

  1. goopy says:

    ..yet some Americans still believe US is despised  out of envy.

  2. irksome says:

    We will not be truly free until we too can shoot tailgaters and drivers using hand-held communication devices.

  3. Steve Pan says:

    Maybe if they weren’t driving so fast they wouldn’t have been shot!!! Really guys simple as that!!!!!!

    • mccrum says:

      Great point!!!!!!  From now on I shall thank my lucky stars every time people get pulled over for speeding that they are able to drive off with only a ticket instead of the God-given right the police have to shoot them in the leg.

    • Lobster says:

      Of course he got shot: he swerved into the oncoming lane!  If he was just an innocent civilian he would have driven straight through that crater full of burning wreckage.

  4. gtrjnky says:

    ‘merican exceptionalism

  5. ahmacrom says:

    Wait till these Blackwater dudes get held in detention for an indefinite amount of time ! That’ll smarten them up …

  6. angusm says:

    You’re behind the times … Blackwater, er, Xe is now called Academi.

    A friend who worked in Iraq, and who had nothing but praise for some of the private security details that protected her while she was there, said that the Blackwater PSDs were widely despised by most of the other companies doing similar work. The Blackwater mercs were seen, even by their peers, as irresponsible, dangerous and thuggish.

    • Guest says:

      By the sound of it, rightfully so. If Blackwater isn’t careful every sane/careful PSD will get thrown in with them in the “Mercenary” category.

  7. mzed says:

    Although I’m sure that Blackwater deserves plenty of disapprobation, I think it wasn’t them in this particular incident. The paragraph with the subtitle “Well Gentlemen, We Shot a Judge” begins:

    On July 16, 2007, a DynCorp (not Blackwater, but still) convoy traveling near Erbil fired five shots at a red Isuzu because it was driving “at a fast pace”… [T]he driver…was an Iraqi civil affairs judge.

    edit: I see this has been partially fixed in the original post. Blackwater should probably be changed to mercenary the next two times in that paragraph, too.

  8. bcsizemo says:

    “Their basic procedure appears to have been to shoot any car that attempted to pass or tailgate any of the convoys they guarded.”

    ….wonder if any of them were drifting.

    Cause I might unload a clip on a Accord barreling at me doing 100+ all over the road.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRGfoVkOAkU

  9. Gekko_Gecko says:

    I dont know which is more pathetic. The publicly tolerated actions of American mercenary armies, or the total apathy from every comment on this article at the time of writing this post.

    Why is shooting people considered acceptable, fun and something to laugh at? 

    Americans, at what point did you all lose your humanity?

    What is *wrong* with you people?

    Yours sincerely,
    The Rest of the World.

    • M Carlson says:

      Because if we didn’t laugh at it, we’d have to cry. And after the seeing the past 10 years of our country’s behavior, we have no tears left.

      • RJ says:

        Jesus holy fuck, I’ve seen some pompous remarks online, but this is the most pretentious, insulting shit I’ve seen in years.

        No, man. The reason Americans seem to think our violent culture is alright is because so far, we haven’t run up against anybody willing to put us in our place.

        The greedy, power-hungry sociopaths have free run of the country right now and will maintain that control until they are crushed into submission or death by some greater force. That’s simply what the situation is. Those mercenary idiots are just tools of the trade.

  10. Mordicai says:

    If only Solid Snake were real, he’d deal with these Outer Heaven PMCs.

  11. If only the rest of the US media had the sack to use the word MERCENARIES when talking about those scum, maybe the public opinion would have had a little clearer sense of things.

  12. SCAQTony says:

    They are indeed mercenaries; please keeping using that word for it is accurate.  

  13. Seb says:

    On their last album, ‘Wrath’, Lamb of God recorded an excellent song called ‘Contractor’ concerning the likes of Blackwater: http://youtu.be/rVEvNhg5FNI

    The chorus and bridge are particularly apt:

    Guaran-fucking-teed, Just sign the deed
    Guaran-fucking-teed, Someone will bleed

    Someone has got to die

    Ours is not to reason why
    Ours is but to do if the pay rate’s right
    Black liquid assets fuck the mujahideen
    Paint their picket fences red with the American dream

  14. elix says:

    Someone needs to make a first-person shooter mod called “Blackwater: The Game” — your goal is to go around committing atrocities like this. For as many missions as it takes to get the point across.

    Don’t politicise it. Just force the player to execute people in a NON-rewarding way (don’t make it a “hell yeah” game experience for entertainment — in other words, it should not be made by Call of Duty fans).

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