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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Good Christ Almighty, as if Abu Ghraib, secret renditions and secretly run CIA gulags weren't enough of a bad PR hit for the US to take, now we get THIS

'Trophy' video exposes private security contractors shooting up Iraqi drivers

A "trophy" video appearing to show security guards in Baghdad randomly shooting Iraqi civilians has sparked two investigations after it was posted on the internet, the Sunday Telegraph can reveal.

The video has sparked concern that private security companies, which are not subject to any form of regulation either in Britain or in Iraq, could be responsible for the deaths of hundreds of innocent Iraqis.

Great way to increase US prestige in the Muslim world, use Iraqi civilians as target practice, and keep the contractors from ANY legal liability or accountability, after all, at least the dead weren't killed by Saddam Hussein seems to be W's thinking here

The Foreign Office has also confirmed that it is investigating the contents of the video in conjunction with Aegis, one of the biggest security companies operating in Iraq. The company was recently awarded a £220 million security contract in Iraq by the United States government. Aegis conducts a number of security duties and helped with the collection of ballot papers in the country's recent referendum

And let's take a look at who started up Aegis

Lt Col Spicer, 53, rose to public prominence in 1998 when his private military company Sandlines International was accused of breaking United Nations sanctions by selling arms to Sierra Leone.

And let's see just how eager Aegis is to clear it's name unreservedly

The website also contains a message from Lt Col Spicer, which reads: "I am concerned about media interest in this site and I remind everyone of their contractual obligation not to speak to or assist the media without clearing it with the project management or Aegis London.

"Refrain from posting anything which is detrimental to the company since this could result in the loss or curtailment of our contract with resultant loss for everybody."

Of course, the Iraqis probably have a less than enlightened attitude about being used for target practice

Capt Adnan Tawfiq of the Iraqi Interior Ministry which deals with compensation issues, has told the Sunday Telegraph that he has received numerous claims from families who allege that their relatives have been shot by private security contractors travelling in road convoys.

He said: "When the security companies kill people they just drive away and nothing is done. Sometimes we ring the companies concerned and they deny everything. The families don't get any money or compensation. I would say we have had about 50-60 incidents of this kind."

Yep, I'm sure messages like this overpower the insurgency and weaken it dramatically on a daily basis too


  • I just saw the video on Countdown. I can't help but just sit here and shake my head that we are paying people like this $220M. We are surrounded by insanity.

    By Anonymous Susan, at 6:50 PM  

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