|11-10-2007, 03:52 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2001
Iraqis come together to pass Anti-American legislation...
New Law May Spell End To Iraq Contractors
CBS News: Documents Show Iraqi Parliament Considering Ending Immunity For Private Firms
WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2007
(CBS) The government of Iraq has notified private security firms their immunity from Iraqi law is about to end, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.
The title of a letter sent by the interior ministry - and obtained exclusively CBS News - says it all: “Removing the legal immunity.” Until now, security firms like Blackwater have operated under a grant of immunity issued in 2004 by the then-top American in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer.
But the draft of a new law says “all immunities … shall be cancelled."
That law still must be ratified by the Iraqi parliament, and if and when it is, private security firms would almost certainly pull out of Iraq.
“There’s no question it’s a disaster if this got passed,” said Carter Andress, one of an estimated 8,500 private security contractors guarding diplomats, convoys and reconstruction sites for the U.S. He is not willing to let his employees be subject to arrest by an Iraqi police force he believes is riddled with corruption and infiltrated by enemy fighters.
“How do we determine in that situation whether or not it's legitimate use of the rule of law or whether or not this is someone trying to kidnap one of us and take advantage of the situation,” he said.
Despite troubles caused by out-of-control contractors American officials say they are indispensible to U.S. operations in Iraq. They're counting on the Iraqi parliament not to ratify the law.
But Andress, who knows first hand the public anger triggered by last September’s infamous Blackwater shooting, is not so sure.
“This may be the first law that parliament gets passed,” he said. “Here's one they can all agree upon.”
If the parliament strikes back, the shooting, which left 17 Iraqis dead could end up killing off the entire network of private contractors on which the U.S. depends.
|11-10-2007, 09:52 AM||#2|
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Elway was just an arm =MacGruder
Someone should email the "they will greet us as liberators , thank god for Freedom " memo ......
|11-10-2007, 10:07 AM||#3|
It is what it Is.
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: in a bunker
What would you do if you had thugs in your country that had immunity to do what ever they wished
|11-10-2007, 12:39 PM||#5|
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Twixt Hell & Highwater
The only thing that worries me is where does this mercenary army goes once they are thrown out of Iraq? After all, a mercenary only makes a living during war. For a mercenary, peace sucks.
|11-10-2007, 01:24 PM||#6|
A verbis ad verbera
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Long Beach
In all actuality I bet this gets blocked in the parliament for a long time. They have trouble agreeing on anything and American diplomats will be trying to call in favors to stall it.
|11-12-2007, 01:23 AM||#7|
Mo' holla fo' yo' dolla!
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: In a bunker in an undisclosed location
PERU-IRAQ: A Year in Hell for 1,000 Dollars a Month
by Ángel Páez, IPS News
November 7th, 2007
Former Peruvian noncommissioned army officer Norman Alfonso Solano is happy because he has once again been recruited to work as a private security guard in one of the most dangerous places in the world: Iraq.
Although he saw fellow security guards killed by the Iraqi resistance when he was working in the southern Iraqi city of Basra, Solano clenched his teeth and told himself, "I need the money." This time he is heading to Baghdad.
The robust 46-year-old 1.80-metre tall Solano forms part of a new contingent of former members of the Peruvian armed forces and police who will guard U.S. installations in Iraq for a year in exchange for a hefty paycheck, by Peruvian standards: 1,000 dollars a month.
"I earn 200 dollars a month here, and that's when I manage to find work," said Solano, a veteran of the 1980-2000 counterinsurgency war against the Maoist Sendero Luminoso (Shining Path) guerrillas.
"I have four kids. I'm an expert in weapons and am trained for war. That's why I have to go where there is war," he told IPS.
The U.S. private military company Triple Canopy, which has drawn criticism for taking advantage of the high unemployment and low wages in Peru to recruit workers, has been hiring former members of Peru's security forces to work in Iraq for the past several years. It also hires workers from Chile, Colombia and El Salvador.
The firm was founded in 2003 by former members of the U.S. army's elite Delta Force. Thanks to contacts in the George W. Bush administration, it quickly won lucrative contracts with the State Department.
No job BushCo won't outsource, eh?