US court dismisses charges against Blackwater security guards | World news | The Guardian
The men on trial for the massacre of 17 civilian in Baghdad have had their case dismissed. The Iraqi government wanted the rial in Iraq and will be very very pissed off with this.
Which begs the obvious question now that Obama wants people like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed the mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attack to be tried in civilian courts. Will their testimonies extracted by waterboarding and "enhanced interrogation techniques" be also thrown out as they were obviously "given under duress"? Judge Urbina has set a precedent.US district judge Ricardo Urbina ruled in favour of the Blackwater men yesterday, saying prosecutors wrongly used against them statements they had given under duress. He said the government's case was built largely on "statements compelled under a threat of job loss in a subsequent criminal prosecution," a violation of their constitutional rights.