WASHINGTON - The House passed a bill Thursday that would make all private contractors working in Iraq and other combat zones subject to prosecution by U.S. courts. It was the first major legislation of its kind to pass since a deadly shootout last month involving Blackwater employees.
Democrats called the 389-30 vote an indictment in connection with a shooting incident there that left 11 Iraqis dead. Senate Democratic leaders said they planned to follow suit with similar legislation and send a bill to President Bush as soon as possible.
Of course my congress-critter, Mr. corruption Rick Renzi was one of the 30 "no's". I can understand his opposition to legal accountability; in a just world, he would be sharing a cell with a blackwater gunman.