Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Blackwater Protesters Given Secret Trial And Criminal Conviction

Stage a massacre in Iraq, kill and wound 40 civilians and go unpunished. Stage a protest about it and get convicted of crimes.

"A month after the Nisour Square massacre, on Oct. 20, a group of about 50 activists gathered outside Blackwater's gates in Moyock, N.C. There, they reenacted the Nisour Square shooting and staged a "die-in," involving a vehicle painted with bullet marks and blood. The activists stained their clothing with fake blood and dramatized the deadly shooting spree. Some of the demonstrators marked Blackwater's large welcome sign -- with the company's bear claw in a sniper scope logo -- with red hand prints. The demonstrators believed these "would be a much more appropriate logo for Blackwater," according to Baggarly. "We're all responsible for what is happening in Iraq. We all have bloody hands." It took only moments for the local police to respond to the protest, the first ever at Blackwater's headquarters. In the end, seven were arrested."

In court the protesters wanted to put Blackwater on trial.

"But District Court Judge Edgar Barnes would have none of it. So outraged was he at Baggarly, the first of the defendants to appear before him that day, that the judge cleared the court following his conviction. No spectators, no family members, no journalists, no defense witnesses remained. The other six activists were tried in total secrecy -- well, secret to everyone except the prosecutors, sheriffs, government witnesses and one Blackwater official. Judge Barnes swiftly tried the remaining six activists behind closed doors and convicted them all. It was as though Currituck, N.C., became Gitmo for a day."

2 Comments:

Anonymous nick z. said...

I am really getting sick of these rising incidents of fascism in the USA. This tops it all. A civil court gets turned into a veritable martial court at the whim of a local right-wing nutcase judge?

Seems altogether obvious this pig was on Blackwater's payroll. Can't the relatives take this to a higher court and call for a complete mistrial?

In pre-9/11 USA, they could have, why not now?

29/1/08 10:04 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

I relly hope they overturn this absurdity. It was no doubt an attempt to keep the spotlight off of Prince's punks.

30/1/08 4:25 AM  

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