Monday, August 18, 2008

6 Blackwater Guards Receive 'Target' Letters; Company Defends Its Team

Six Blackwater diplomatic security guards involved in the September 2007 shootout at Baghdad's Nisoor Square reportedly have received "target letters" from the Justice Department - an indication that they might be prosecuted.

The company itself does not appear to be a target of prosecution, and has been cooperating with the Justice Department and a federal grand jury.

"Since the September 16, 2007 incident, we have said that, based on statements of company personnel who were directly involved, we believe those involved acted appropriately," Blackwater spokeswoman Anne Tyrrell says. "If it is determined that an individual acted improperly, Blackwater would support holding that person accountable. But at this stage, without being able to review evidence collected in an ongoing investigation, we will not prejudge the actions of any individual."

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