Friday, April 03, 2009
Nobody Knows Nothing
The Blackwater guys say they were ambushed and returned fire. Iraqis say it was a one way affair and Blackwater guys just started shooting with machine guns and grenade launchers for no apparent reason.
Whatever happened, this inability to match the bullets is not a good thing for the Prosecution. That means it's at least an OK thing for the Blackwater guys charged and perhaps then a good thing for Truth, Justice and the American Way.
There is a sixth guard, Jeremy Ridgeway, who has pled out and will turn "state's evidence" as the old phrase went. I wish my experience with these sorts caused me to believe he will be a good (and truthful) witness. But, alas...
Here is a taste of the expected Iraqi testimony against the 5:
Wisam Rahim, who was wounded on the square, said the guards should be executed. "Blackwater vehicles and helicopters were firing at us. I demand that these guards be executed. We want to see justice done," he said.
There is no testimony from anyone else that helicopters were firing at civilians.
Labels: Iraq; Blackwater prosecution