For the past several years, the private military company Blackwater has been battling the U.S. government over allegations that its employees killed civilians while working in Iraq in 2007.
Four former Blackwater employees were charged in connection with the deaths in 2014 after a Federal District Court jury ruled that their actions were not a battlefield mistake but deliberate murder, The New York Times reported.
Blackwater CEO Erik Prince talked to Breitbart about the contractors’ appeal pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals and offered some insight into the arguments of both sides — including a shocking admission by the federal government.
Prince noted that the government had conceded that there had been enemy fire near the location of the contractors, which could have lead to them falsely thinking that Americans were under fire.
The former CEO also stated that the case should have been tried in a military court where the judges and others involved would actually have knowledge of what conditions were like on the battlefield.
“If you really have to try this case, it should be under some kind of a military-run court, not back in a civilian court 7,000 miles away, where no one — fortunately — has been experiencing car bombs on a regular basis,” he said.
“Certainly, that training support they gave to the military, or certainly the rescue support they gave at great personal risk to the men, was in no way part of the contract, but really part of the ‘Great Samaritan’ rule we had as a company — that if there was Americans that were in trouble, you went to help them regardless,” Prince added.
You can listen to the full interview here:
It is almost impossible for anyone except the contractors who were involved in this tragedy to know what was going through their minds when they opened fire. It is entirely possible that they thought there were Americans in trouble and simply made a horrible mistake on the battlefield in an attempt to protect their own.
In war, mistakes are sometimes made that result in civilian deaths, but that is simply a tragic and regrettable but largely unpreventable byproduct of war.
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