BLACKWATER THUGS CONVICTED FOR 2007 BAGHDAD MASSACRE
in a time of so much masonic misconduct and corruption, it’s good to see atleast some Justice served, even if it is just the gofers carrying out the globalist agenda – in this case – Blackwater guards – aka highly trained psychotic killers – really though, at the end of the day, their expendable grunts for the big bankers
… from Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editor’s Note: Prosecutors did a good job, as these convictions will dampen the “anything goes” attitute that grew out of the situation in Iraq of “shoot first and ask questions later”. It was one of the issues that framed the US as an occupation army, the civilians were expendable in any and all situations… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … October 22. 2014 –
A Washington, DC jury has convicted one former Blackwater guard of murder and three more from the private military company of voluntary manslaughter in connection with infamous 2007 shooting in Baghdad that left 14 civilians dead and 17 others injured.
The jury of eight women and four men deliberated for 27 days before convicting Nicholas A. Slatten, of Sparta, Tennessee., of first-degree murder. The panel also convicted Paul A. Slough of Keller, Texas; Evan S. Liberty of Rochester, New Hampshire; and Dustin L. Heard of Knoxville, Tenn., of at least three counts of voluntary manslaughter, the Washington Post reported.
The jurors are still deliberating on more charges, as US District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth allowed the jury to announce only those verdicts they had agreed upon so far, the Associated Press noted.
The four former Blackwater Worldwide employees faced federal homicide and firearm charges for the firing machine guns and grenades into a Baghdad traffic circle. They have been found guilty on at least some of the charges, according to the Post.
During the 10-week trial, federal prosecutors argued that the defendants opened fire without provocation, firing wildly into the crowded area because they harbored deep-rooted hostility towards Iraqis. The government also claimed the guards later boasted of their indiscriminate shooting.
The 2007 shooting, which happened at Nisur Square in Baghdad, scandalized the Iraqi public and raised tensions with the US four years into the Iraq war. The guards were accompanying a State Department convoy through the streets of Baghdad when they opened fire at a traffic roundabout. The Blackwater troops reportedly faced no provocation, yet they opened fire on a mother and her son in a white Kia vehicle and then continued to fire indiscriminately.
The maximum sentence for conviction of first-degree murder is life imprisonment. The gun charges carry mandatory minimum prison terms of 30 years. The maximum prison term for involuntary manslaughter is eight years; for attempted manslaughter it is seven years.