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Blackwater mercenary Nicholas Slatten sentenced to life in prison for initiating 2007 Niso
 

 
Eight months after being convicted of first-degree murder by a jury, Nicholas M. Slatten, 35, United States Army-trained Scout Sniper and Blackwater mercenary, was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday by federal judge Royce Lamberth. This is the second time Slatten has been sentenced to life in prison; a previous April 13, 2015 sentencing was tossed out by a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on August 4, 2017.

The Nisour Square Massacre, in which Blackwater mercenaries fired hundreds of rounds in a crowded Baghdad traffic square, k*lling fourteen Iraqis, including ten women and two children, and injuring seventeen others took place on September 16, 2007 during the height of the illegal US occupation of Iraq. Blackwater, a private contracting firm that has since been rebranded to Academi had been operating in Iraq for several years racking up multiple accusations of abuse and murder prior to the massacre.

Slatten, who deployed twice previously to Iraq for the US military before joining Blackwater, touched off the one-sided firef*ght when he shot his sniper rifle through the windshield of a white Kia, murdering 19-year-old Ahmed Haithem Ahmed Al Rubia’y who was driving his mother to a doctor’s appointment.

Once Slatten fired his rifle, several other Blackwater guards joined in and the heavily armed private convoy, equipped with grenade launchers, automatic rifles and machine guns fired upon defenseless unarmed civilians trapped in their cars in the deadlocked square.

While Slatten and other Blackwater guards have a*serted throughout their trials and sentencing hearings that they believed they were fired upon first and that they were responding to the “perceived threat” presented by a car, no evidence or eyewitness testimony has corroborated their story.

Multiple investigations conducted jointly by the Iraqi and US governments and the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded that no Iraqi civilians were found to have fired upon the Blackwater convoy prior to or during the massacre, nor were any improvised explosive devices ever recovered, including in the vehicle Ahmed and his mother were driving in.

In court documents prosecutors presented throughout the multiple trials and retrials of Slatten, and fellow Blackwater guards who participated in the slaughter, Paul Slough, Dustin Heard and Evan Liberty, the mercenaries demonstrated a pattern of wanton violence and disregard for Iraqi lives.

One document that prosecutors presented stated that Slatten would routinely pontificate on his desire, “to k*ll as many Iraqis as he could as payback for 9/11 and he repeatedly boasted about the number of Iraqis he had shot.”

That Slatten would blame Iraq for the 9/11 attacks is not a mistake; these lies, like all that undergird US imperialism, were propagated by the ruling class.

An investigation first conducted by the House of Representatives in 2004 and again in the Senate in 2006 found the Bush administration, starting with President George W. Bush and including officials Colin Powell, Condeleezza Rice, Donald Rumsfeld and d*ck Cheney made “237 misleading statements about the threat posed by Iraq” including in speeches, press interviews, written briefings and in congressional testimonies. Of these 237 “misleading statements,” at least 61 “mispresented Iraq’s ties to al-Qaeda.”

In two separate 2007 incidents, court documents state that Liberty, who like Slough and Heard is awaiting a retrial, fired his automatic weapon indiscriminately while driving near the Amanat City Hall in Baghdad. The second time he did this was just one week prior to the tragic events at Nisour. These documents, which have not been refuted, also state that Slough, Heard and Slatten would regularly hurl frozen water bottles and fruit at Iraqi civilians while on patrol, “for sport,” breaking car windows and harassing the subjugated population.

These documents and testimony from eyewitnesses corroborate a report the House commissioned shortly following the massacre that Blackwater guards routinely engaged in deadly violence against the Iraqi population. An investigation launched by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a report on October 2, 2007 concluded that Blackwater guards used deadly force in Iraq on a “weekly basis” causing “significant casualties and property damage.”

Despite overwhelming evidence and multiple convictions, Slatten was unrepentant during his sentencing hearing this week. Speaking before the judge, Slatten a*serted his innocence and decried the “unjust prosecution” he had received at the hands of the court. Slatten’s father, Darrell also promised to “f*ght until hell freezes over to correct this travesty of justice.”

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 4 weeks ago '16        #2
007imayeseekay 
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"....on Wednesday, Mr. Slatten also noted that prosecutors had offered to let him plead guilty to a manslaughter charge, but that he rejected the offer because, he said, he was innocent.

Judge Lamberth suggested that that level of charge might have been appropriate, but said that Mr. Slatten had decided to take the “all or nothing” gamble of going to trial on a more serious murder charge, and “got what he gambled for.”

Damn.
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 4 weeks ago '16        #3
ruddiger  3 heat pts3
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another murderous war criminal that Trump probably thinks is a hero who deserves a pardon. I can't believe Blackwater's still allowed to operate after all the atrocities they've been linked to.
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 4 weeks ago '09        #4
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 007imayeseekay said
"....on Wednesday, Mr. Slatten also noted that prosecutors had offered to let him plead guilty to a manslaughter charge, but that he rejected the offer because, he said, he was innocent.

Judge Lamberth suggested that that level of charge might have been appropriate, but said that Mr. Slatten had decided to take the “all or nothing” gamble of going to trial on a more serious murder charge, and “got what he gambled for.”

Damn.

he should be tied to a tree and shot multiple times pont blank range. and fu*k a manslaughter plea bargain deal...dude k*lled 14 iraqis without hesitation
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 4 weeks ago '16        #5
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 ruddiger said
another murderous war criminal that Trump probably thinks is a hero who deserves a pardon. I can't believe Blackwater's still allowed to operate after all the atrocities they've been linked to.
They're still allowed to operate and their founder is related to Betsy Devos so they're one degree removed from the White House
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 4 weeks ago '17        #6
Poncho520 
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Bush Lies = Innocent Iraqis Die
Obama lies = innocent Libyans Die
Trump lies = Innocent Americans Die
2020 winner = ?????

Stay woke family
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 4 weeks ago '11        #7
QuietPack  1 heat pts1
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And they wonder why they hate us
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 4 weeks ago '17        #8
dubsax  17 heat pts17
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he should be turned over to Iraq
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 4 weeks ago '18        #9
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 ruddiger said
another murderous war criminal that Trump probably thinks is a hero who deserves a pardon. I can't believe Blackwater's still allowed to operate after all the atrocities they've been linked to.
They just change their name and think they can get away with it. There will always be a need for a shadow army to carry out missions the US doesn’t want to be directly linked to. There are also several other companies just like Blackwater. I think the other bigger one is Orange Triangle or something like that.
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 4 weeks ago '18        #10
Eyesofchaos  23 heat pts23
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Probably in Ven rn as we speak
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 4 weeks ago '16        #11
foshoVoodoo  291 heat pts291
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blackwawa is an institute of genocide like court, jails, prisons, probation, dea, fbi, doj, &12
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 4 weeks ago '06        #12
RAZAH CUTS  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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all those "private contractors" AKA Merc's are over there committing fu*king atrocities and war crimes in the name of the good ol' US of A....

guy was a loose cannon and a fu*kin psychopath... he deserves what he gets...
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 4 weeks ago '18        #13
BrooklynDamien  5 heat pts5
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oh, they got one right?

 4 weeks ago '17        #14
ddy807  23 heat pts23
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 Poncho520 said
Bush Lies = Innocent Iraqis Die
Obama lies = innocent Libyans Die
Trump lies = Innocent Americans Die
2020 winner = ?????

Stay woke family
Speeches that still matter: Gen Wesley Clark on US going to war in 7 countries in 5 yrs (2007)
1. Iraq
2. Syria
3. Lebanon
4. Libya
5. Somalia
6. Sudan
7. Iran






original video @ 12:45 minutes -



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 4 weeks ago '05        #15
P-Hill|M  28 heat pts28
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 dubsax said
he should be turned over to Iraq
This 100%
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 4 weeks ago '05        #16
cbsepts  1 heat pts1
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 Poncho520 said
Bush Lies = Innocent Iraqis Die
Obama lies = innocent Libyans Die
Trump lies = Innocent Americans Die
2020 winner = ?????

Stay woke family
Stay woke to what EXACTLY?

Innocent people die every day

So what are you saying here
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 4 weeks ago '18        #17
Gmac 
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War crimes like this should warrant the death penalty.
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 4 weeks ago '04        #18
PrisonRules  78 heat pts78
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thought it was just us military who f*ghts in the wars.

didnt know they have private companies who go f*ght too.

thats crazy as hell

 4 weeks ago '04        #19
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 Txheat said
They just change their name and think they can get away with it. There will always be a need for a shadow army to carry out missions the US doesn’t want to be directly linked to. There are also several other companies just like Blackwater. I think the other bigger one is Orange Triangle or something like that.
I always thought this was some action movie sh*t. I had no clue they legit had contract mercenaries.
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 4 weeks ago '18        #20
Txheat  47 heat pts47
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 collegeboy58 said
I always thought this was some action movie sh*t. I had no clue they legit had contract mercenaries.
They’re a legit multi-billion dollar company that also has a f*ghter jet crew and a submarine if I remember correctly.

They do anything for the moneyz.

 4 weeks ago '17        #21
Poncho520 
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 cbsepts said
Stay woke to what EXACTLY?

Innocent people die every day

So what are you saying here
Im saying nothing you can comprehend. You should have paid attention in school now your a loser who looks for attention from men on the internet



 4 weeks ago '17        #22
Poncho520 
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 ddy807 said
Speeches that still matter: Gen Wesley Clark on US going to war in 7 countries in 5 yrs (2007)
1. Iraq
2. Syria
3. Lebanon
4. Libya
5. Somalia
6. Sudan
7. Iran






original video @ 12:45 minutes -
Thanks for sharing bro
Still a few real ones left in here
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