Blackwater gets blessing from Justice Dept ?

Rights group finds will to prosecute contractors lacking

Report faults Justice Department

WASHINGTON – An international human-rights organization said Wednesday that a lack of political will — not a fuzzy legal framework — should be primarily blamed for the dearth of prosecutions against private security contractors accused of abuses in Iraq.Human Rights First said the U.S. Department of Justice has failed to hold such contractors, including Blackwater USA of Moyock, N.C., accountable for accused abuses, amounting to what the organization calls a “culture of impunity.”

“The biggest obstacle is not the law, but political will,” said Maureen Byrnes, executive director of the group, which is based in New York City and Washington.

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Attn: United States of America soldiers –


CNN is reporting that the primary concern (exit polling in Michigan)  is the economy at 55%.

The Iraq war comes in at 15%.


Photo credit:  ARLINGTON, VA – MAY 27: Mary McHugh mourns her dead fiance Sgt. James Regan at “Section 60” of the Arlington National Cemetery May 27, 2007. Regan, an American Special Forces soldier, was killed by an IED explosion in Iraq in February of this year, and this was the first time McHugh had visited the grave since the funeral. Section 60, the newest portion of the vast national cemetery on the outskirts of Washington D.C, contains hundreds of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Family members of slain American soldiers have flown in from across the country for Memorial Day. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mary McHugh