Iraq, Afghanistan war violence comes back to Britain

This video is called Blackwater Crimes in Iraq (New Video, Baghdad 2006).

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Ex-soldiers more likely to commit violent crimes

Friday 15 March 2013

Young British men are far more likely to commit violent crimes if they have served in the armed forces, a study found yesterday.

Of 3,000 military men under 30, more than a fifth had a conviction for violent offences, compared to just 6.7 per cent of their civilian counterparts.

The King’s College London study found links between combat experience, post-deployment alcohol misuse, traumatic stress and violence.

Men who had fought in Iraq and Afghanistan were 53 per cent more likely to commit a violent offence than those in non-combat roles, while those with multiple experiences of combat had a 70-80 per cent greater likelihood of committing acts of violence.

See also here.

United States wars, new film

This video from the USA says about itself:

Jan 22, 2013 – Premiering this week at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, the new documentary, “Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield,” follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill to Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen as he chases down the hidden truths behind America’s expanding covert wars. We’re joined by Scahill and the film’s director, Rick Rowley, an independent journalist with Big Noise Films.

“We’re looking right now at a reality that President Obama has essentially extended the very policies that many of his supporters once opposed under President Bush,” says Scahill, author of the bestseller “Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army,” and a forthcoming book named after his film.

“One of the things that humbles both of us is [when] you arrive at a village in Afghanistan and knock on someone’s door, you’re the first American they’ve seen since the Americans that kicked that door in and killed half their family,” Rowley says. “We promised them that we would do everything we could to make their stories be heard in the U.S. — finally, we’re able to keep those promises.”

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Blackwater/Xe murder suspects above the law?

This video from the USA is called Blackwater Guards Indicted for Role in Nisour Square Massacre; Jeremy Scahill on Democracy Now.

Happy New Year to all readers of this blog!

Unfortunately, 2010 starts with the not so happy news from the last hours of 2009 of Blaclwater/Xe mercenaries going scot free for kiling Iraqi civilians.

From Jeremy Scahill’s blog in the USA:

Apparently there is one set of rights for Blackwater mercenaries and another for the rest of us. Normally when a group of people alleged to have gunned down 17 civilians in a lawless shooting spree are questioned, investigators will tell them something along the lines of: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.” But that is not what the Blackwater operatives involved in the September 16 Nisour Square shooting in Iraq were told. Most of the Blackwater shooters were questioned by State Department Diplomatic Security investigators with the understanding that their statements and information gleaned from them could not be used to bring criminal charges against them, nor could they be introduced as evidence. In other words, “Anything you say can’t and won’t be used against you in a court of law.”

See also here.

The Iraqi government on Friday criticized the dismissal of charges against five Blackwater security guards, saying they murdered 17 innocent civilians: here.

The Iraqi government has declared that it will take legal action against the mercenary company Blackwater after a US judge rejected charges against gunmen accused of the massacre of 17 people in Baghdad: here.