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Originally posted by BlasteR
I honestly don't know what these guys are going to do when they are out of office though because it's not like everyone is gonna be happy to see them wherever they go...
Originally posted by Scorched Earth
reply to post by earthman4
Mercenary: FIGHTS in wars for money while not serving under any nations flag.
Security contractors: Provide protective details for various personnel, convoys, compounds, etc etc.
Human rights groups also point out that by surrendering their monopoly on the right to use force, governments are throwing into question one of the defining features of the nation state. The United States currently employs between 25,000 and 50,000 mercenaries in Iraq, thereby substantially reducing official figures for the military deployment there, and increasing numbers of soldiers are leaving national armies in order to pursue higher economic rewards on offer from the private sector. This controversial phenomenon also raises questions about states’ responsibilities to prevent violence being exported from its territory as a service. At present South Africa is the only country which expressly prohibits its nationals from selling their military skills in another armed conflict.
L. Paul Bremer III, who supervised the drafting of the immunity order as administrator of the United States occupation authority, said: “The immunity is not absolute. The order requires contractors to respect all Iraqi laws, so it’s not a blanket immunity.”
Far easier would be prosecution under two sets of federal legislation that allow prosecution of relevant war crimes in federal district courts. The first is the War Crimes Act, 18 U.S.C. § 2441. This statute allows prosecution, for example, of those who are U.S. nationals who commit a relevant war crime outside the United States. Listed war crimes include some violations of the 1907 Hague Convention No. IV, including killing or wounding “treacherously,” killing or wounding those who have no means of defense who have “surrendered,” and use of weapons or bullets of a nature to cause unnecessary suffering.
Originally posted by justamomma
You just couldn't resist throwing in that you are the dubbed blackwater expert, could you.