When there's good news, celebrate, even if it's one step at a time.
According to the AP, "The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a lawsuit against a private security company stemming from the slaying of four of its guards by an angry mob in Iraq.
Blackwater Security Consulting LLC is trying to have the wrongful death case brought by the estates of the four men transferred from the North Carolina state court system to the federal courts.
By turning down Blackwater's request, the Supreme Court leaves the case in state court."
Two of the families that are suing Blackwater for its negligence that led to the death of their sons were featured in Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers. Those same brave women also testified before Congressman Henry Waxman's House Government Reform Committee two weeks ago.
Blackwater, a private army that has already seen action in the US, seems determined not to bear responsibility for leading these young men to their deaths. The company, run by the very right wing billionaire Bush supporter Eric Prince, even hired Ken Starr to fight to keep this case out of the state court in North Carolina.
Democracy is blowing some fresh air into Washington. Last week, Senators Dorgan, Kerry and Leahy introduced legislation calling for jailing and fining, respectively, war profiteers for up to twenty years and not less that $1 million. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky has introduced legislation calling for transparency in contracts and Congressman Waxman will reintroduce his contracting legislation in the near future. Had this legislation been in place, Mr. Prince and his friends at Halliburton would never have gotten away with their repeated attacks on the public purse. And if they somehow had, the penalty would have hurt.
With the Supremes unwilling to stop justice, maybe, just maybe, once the legislation makes it's way through the congress, the president will be willing to sign it. It's all about making the president and his party realize that the political penalty for lack of accountability is much higher than the benefits of lining war profiteers' pockets.
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