Thursday, October 4, 2007

Getting One Right

Sorry about the paucity of posts. I've been busy. And angry. And depressed. But today, congress got one right:

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.


Justin said...

Thanks for fixing my hyper-link. I watched the Eric Prince testimony. I think this is just the beginning and this will mushroom into another big scandal with Bush Inc. at the center of it.

On the face of it, Mr. Navy Seal King Mercenary Eric Prince looked bold in contesting seemingly docile Democratic questioning. Given his testimony and questioning though, it appears the dem's were allowing him to hang himself.

The next round will be to look into Mr. Princes' and Blackwater's finances and taxes. If Blackwater's accounting is on the up and up, no problem. However, given the history of Bush Inc's other crony capitalist enterprises, I think many skeletons will be falling out of the Amway closet.

Congress actually has some power here, I hope the Dems choose to use it.


Demeur said...

Why would Renzi want accountability? Birds of a feather stick together as the expression goes.