Another murder by U.S. mercenaries

Mercenaries working for another American “security contractor” in Iraq murdered a Baghdad taxi driver Saturday, adding to the death toll compiled by hired killers working for the U.S. government in that occupied country.

Witnesses said a mercenary working for DynCorp killed the taxi driver as an American diplomatic convoy rolled past traffic on an exit ramp.

“They just killed a man and drove away,” Maj. Gen. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told The New York Times Sunday. “We have opened an investigation, and we have contacted the company and told them about a accusations, and we are still waiting for their response.”

The blatant murder is just the latest atrocity by the out-of-control mercenaries hired by the American government to supplement U.S. troops in Iraq. The country still wants mercs working for Blackwater Worldwide, a mercenary firm with strong ties to President George W. Bush, punished and expelled from the county for the Step. 16 massacre that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead at at least 24 wounded.

Reports James Glanz of The New York Times:

Three witnesses said the taxi had posed no threat to the convoy, and one of them, an Iraqi Army sergeant who inspected the car afterward, said it contained no weapons or explosive devices.

It was the latest in what the Iraqi government has said are unprovoked shootings on the streets of Baghdad by security companies hired by the State Department or contractors affiliated with it. On Sept. 16, guards with another of those concerns, Blackwater, opened fire a few miles south of Saturday’s shooting, killing 17 Iraqi civilians and wounding at least 24, according to Iraqi investigators.

The Iraqi government has accused Blackwater of involvement in at least six questionable shootings in Baghdad since September 2006. DynCorp has not drawn the same scrutiny, though it is unclear whether it has been involved in any other episodes in which Iraqis have been killed.

The shootings have stoked outrage among Iraqis, driven efforts to hold private security companies legally accountable for their actions in both the United States and Iraq, and created new challenges for American officials who were already forced to do much of their business within Baghdad’s protected Green Zone.

The latest episode came as senior officials from the Pentagon and the State Department were due to arrive in Baghdad on Sunday to arrange new measures to tighten control over security firms and coordinate their movements more closely with the United States military.


  1. SEAL

    Barak – you need to take a pill and calm down. That ain’t gonna happen. If Bush/Cheney tries to declare Martial Law and take over the country, there will be a resounding SCREW YOU.

    We won’t accept it and we will do whatever it takes to stop it. We have just as many guns as they do. If they try to use Blackwater and the other merc outfits to take over they will have to fight the United States Army, Marines, Airforce, and the Navy. We are not going to allow anyone to declare themselves dictator of our nation. That is a stupid concept.

    Those idiots may have convinced themselves they have a lot of power and can pull this off but they will find out real quick what America is all about.

  2. SEAL

    The reason the USA is using Mercs from private security agencies is because, with our all volunteer military, we couldn’t possibly field enough troops to do what has/is being done in Iraq and Afghanistan. The mercs are the alternative to a draft. Bush knows if there was a draft the Iraq occupation would have been over long ago.

    If the Petagon were to pay the military grunts what the mercs are making they would have more than enough troops. But, of course, they would not be a “private army” free from the constraints of military law or prohibited from use ( being quartered) against US citizens by the Constitution. Think about that!

  3. history guy

    Why don’t we just go ahead and hang the accused now. You have obviously decided guilt. Were you there? Did you see it? Or could it be, it is just what you want to believe?
    Even if it is entirely true, what happened to innocent until PROVEN guilty? Inflamatory retoric never improves anything, but is great for lynchings and mob action. Is that what the author supports?

  4. Doug Thompson

    I’ve got a better idea. Let’s show this trigger-happy merc the same consideration he showed the Iraqi cab driver: Gun him down without provocation.

  5. Charlie Couser

    History Guy are you referring to the same justice the merc showed the Iraqi taxi driver? Why don’t you dig him up and ask him if he received a fair trial?

    More important, is this the type of action the Dubya referred to when he promised “…compassionate conservatism…” during his 2000 presidential campaign?

    George W. Bush — Leader of the “Radical Religous Reich!”

    God save the USA!!

    Charlie Couser

  6. John Farley

    The US is relying on mercenaries in order to hold down the number of casualties among US troops, for two reasons: (1) its in an effort to prevent casualties among the troops from eroding political support for the war, and (2) hiring over 100,000 mercenaries addresses the shortage of US troops. It was one of Rumsfeld’s wonderful ideas. It hasn’t really worked – support for the war continues to erode – but can you imagine how incredibly unpopular the war would be if US casualties were twice what they are now?? And without mercenaries, where would the US get another 100,000 troops to replace them?

    One disadvantage is that the mercenaries are much more expensive than US soldiers.

  7. ekaton

    “One disadvantage is that the mercenaries are much more expensive than US soldiers.”

    Not from the Bush Regime’s point of view. Profits are UP.

    — Kent Shaw

  8. Stratocaster

    Dyncorp has strong ties to Bush? Ross Perot used to be their Vice President. Many Clinton Aides went to work for them as lobbyists when Clinton left office. Just how much influence do military contractors have over our government? The military could more cost effectively do a better job. There is no reason for them to exist.

  9. Doug Thompson

    The article said:

    The country still wants mercs working for Blackwater Worldwide, a mercenary firm with strong ties to President George W. Bush, punished and expelled from the county for the Step. 16 massacre that left 17 Iraqi civilians dead at at least 24 wounded.

    It did NOT say DynCorp had strong ties to the Bush Administration.

  10. adamrussell

    They should be tried as terrorists. They may not have blown up a building, but they do seem to be using terror to cow the population. That is terrorism.

    Oh wait. Do terrorists get trials? I forget what is the latest ‘ruling’ from the WH.

  11. Warren

    This isn’t just about the Iraq war or mercenaries. This sort of uncivilized behavior seems to pervade war zones. Many years ago, after a few+ scotches, a Vietnam vet friend of mine related how they fixed the hooker problem near their base. A patrol would go out, find the hooches where the hookers worked, holler something like “OK, GI’s, 20 seconds to get out!” The GI’s would run out, and the patrol would roll a grenade back in. End of problem.

    He also related how they used to get information from suspected VC. If they thought suspect “A” new something, they’d take him and some clueless fellow “B” up about 3000 ft in a Huey. They’d ask “B” what they wanted to know. “B” not knowing, they’d throw him out the door. “A” would then spill his guts. (Think waterboarding is bad?)

    My point being that war brings out the worst in people – GI’s and mercenaries, “freedom fighters” and “terrorists”, Americans as well as other nationalities.

    The veneer of civilization is very thin, indeed.


  12. barak

    Since when are hookers near a military base a problem?
    And what if some G.I. had trouble getting dressed and was too slow. Did they whack him too and call it collateral damage?
    Sounds like BS to me. I never knew a G.I. that would frag a prostitute. shag maybe, but frag never!

  13. barak

    Beware the first Tuesday in November. Bush’s private army of Mercs is just training for that day the Bush/Cheney cabal suspends the 2008 election and declares himself President for Life. The stink is blowing in the wind, and it has filtered all the way down to Congress. Nearly All are tainted, and those few exceptions are so powerless (note Feingold’s frequent futile fusilades falling far from fruition) that they have become objects of ridicule in the Executive Branch.
    If you thought 1984 was terrifying, wait till they start rounding up us dissidents and dumping us in the consentration camps.
    Personally I think there are alternatives, but armed insurrection won’t fly in the face of the Black shirts of Bush.
    Well, the Republic lasted 231 years. It had to end sometime. Too bad we let a turd like Bush bring down America.