Victims Sue Blackwater – TRNN Video Link

On Monday, the Iraqi military detained private contractors working for the U.S. after a non-lethal shooting of an eighteen year old Iraqi girl on the streets of Baghdad. The contractors worked for Almco, a Dubai-based company, and were among the forty-three people detained in the incident. The footage we’re showing you shows the forty-three arrested individuals in the back of a truck as angry Iraqi citizens yell at them from the side of the street. The Iraqi military’s response highlights the growing anger towards American contractors in the wake of the September Blackwater shootings that killed seventeen Iraqi civilians. The Center for Constitutional Rights has filed a lawsuit against Blackwater, intending, quote, that “ they created and fostered a culture of lawlessness amongst its employees, encouraging them to act in the company’s financial interest at the expense of innocent human life”. To talk about this case, we’re joined by Michael Ratner from the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York. Michael, can you hold these military private contractors accountable? Is there a legal mechanism to do this?