of no fixed subtitle
October 30, 2007
Blackwater guards offered immunity.
Special bonus, tonight only: a
the head of Blackwater. Fair and balanced: More on Blackwater and the military-contractor issue
15 years ago
A cynic might say that an inadvertent offer of immunity was a pretty clever tactic. Muddy the waters before the investigation even gets off the ground and all that. But surely the State Department is above that sort of thing.
As if the waters weren't muddy enough already. Wow, what a mess. On the bright side, it looks like that law granting American civilians immunity from Iraqi law is working very well toward its intended purpose!
Winning their hearts and minds.
A senior State Department official is contradicting the immunity deal
Which leads me to believe that, yes, they were most likely offered immunity, and the cover-up spin job is now in effect...
According to the first article, they were never offered immunity
by anyone with the authority to grant it
. So, my guess is that this "senior State Department official" is probably just hiding behind the plausible deniability inherent in the situation.
To quote the ever-quotable MCT, "that sound you hear is my total lack of surprise."
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