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Iraq Cabinet Approves Bill To Revoke Security Firms' Immunity

By Cliff Montgomery - Oct. 30th, 2007

The Iraqi cabinet today approved a new draft law which revokes prosecution immunity for security companies
contracted to operate in the country.

"The cabinet today approved a new draft law which puts all private security companies under the Iraqi law," Ali
al-Dabbagh, an Iraqi government spokesman, told
Agence France-Presse (AFP).

"These companies will not get immunity and will be subject to Iraqi law," he added.

Contractor immunity from prosecution is becoming an increasingly heated question between the Bush
Administration and Iraq's government after a Sept. 16th shooting by Blackwater USA guards killed 17 Iraqi

The Blackwater guards say the individuals were a threat to those they were hired to protect; Iraqi citizens--and
their government's investigations--say those killed were innocent citizens.

What has brought the Iraqi government to this decision? As you may already suspect, something stupid from
the administration of George W. Bush.

Iraq's cabinet only chose this path after hearing word that the U.S. State Department had promised
Blackwater security guards complete immunity from prosecution for last month's shooting.

State Department spokespeople won't discuss the question of whether this administration has been dumb
enough to perhaps let Blackwater guards get away with murder.

Interestingly, Blackwater spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell is similarly silent on a possible granting of immunity by the
Bush Administration, and refuses to answer reporters' questions on the matter.  

Al-Dabbagh told reporters that Tuesday's legislation would void
Decree 17, a Bush Administration immunity
order issued by Paul Bremer, who headed the U.S.-occupied nation  until June 2004.

"It will be sent to the parliament within the coming days to be ratified," a confident al-Dabbagh informed
Associated Press

"According to this law, all security companies will be subjected to the Iraqi criminal law and must obey all the
country's legal regulations such as: registration, customs, visas, et cetera," he said.

American Embassy spokeswoman Mirembe Nantongo told
AP that she had not reviewed the cabinet
measure, and would not offer immediate comment--which is a politician's polite way of telling a reporter to go to

But Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki had no problem offering a comment. He's promised enraged Iraqi
citizens that his cabinet will push the legislation to a successful passage.

The Iraqi people apparently have every moral right to be outraged at this. Not only have they had to deal with
the Blackwater killings in Baghdad, but they've reportedly also experienced a number of other murders
perpetrated by foreign--you can almost certainly substitute, 'American'-- contractors.

This is what happens when you give private corporations a license to kill--and make an idiot President of the
United States.

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