Blackwater Case Highlights Legal Uncertainties

Alissa J. Rubin and Paul von Zielbauer, reporting for The New York Times, write: "If a private in the United States military fires on civilians, a clear body of law and a set of procedures exist for the military to use in investigating each incident and deciding if the evidence is sufficient to bring charges. But when private security contractors do the same, it is exceedingly unlikely that they will be called to account. A patchwork of laws that are largely untested, and practical obstacles to building cases in war zones, have all but insulated contractors from accountability."

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