Michael van der Galien

Blackwater Five Walk, Iraqis Squawk

Posted on January 3 2010 6:00 pm
Michael van der Galien was born in the Dutch city of Leeuwarden in 1984. For as long as he can remember, he has been obsessed with the United States. When he was 17 years old, he started blogging - of course about America. His articles have been published at Big Hollywood, Pajamas Media, Hot Air (the GreenRoom) and Right Across The Atlantic. He's also an editor for the Dutch conservative blog, De Dagelijkse Standaard.
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I don’t think we’ve commented on the decision by a federal judge to dismiss all charges against five Blackwater guards who were accused of killing Iraqi civilians during a fire fight in 2007. District Judge Richard Urbina dismissed the charges because prosecutors relied on statements given to the State Department by the guards that were made with the understanding they would not be used against them.

I haven’t studied the facts regarding the underlying charges, though I’m predisposed against criminal charges based on split second decisions made during a fire fight. As to Judge Urbina’s decision, it seems pretty elementary that prosecutors can’t base an indictment on statements made with the understanding that they won’t be used. If that’s what happened here, then the charges were correctly dismissed. As much as leftists must hate seeing individuals who protected American interests in Iraq walk, they may be hard-pressed to reconcile their displeasure with their civil libertarian posture. I’m confident some will manage this, though.

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