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Bush's Blackwater buddies have gotten him into hot water.

Major controversy is swirling around mercenaries in Iraq like a murky whirlpool that could easily drag Bush and his cronies down with it, biting him and them in their arses all the way to the bottom.

If we can't waterboard Bush to get the truth out of him, maybe Blackwaterboarding by Congress and other investigatory agencies will do the trick.

Because there are many unanswered questions surrounding all things Bush, from 9/11 to Cheney's directing military exercises; to Cheney's secret energy meetings; to the handling of Katrina; to his torture policy; to illegal wiretaping;  to calling the Geneva Conventions quaint; to calling our own Constitution equally quaint: to every everything they've touched, shining a bright light on the dark doings of Blackwater could open an assorted cans of worms for Bush.

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Not only must a full investigation of mercenaries working in foreign countries, but here at home, too, i.e. in New Orleans after Katrina. They are working under mysterious rules of engagement and are answerable to absolutely no one. 

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) has got his work cut out for him to investigate, investigate, investigate.  There's got to be enough there to hang Bush and Cheney from the nearest impeachment poll, as well as a one-way trip to any international tribunal that investigates and prosecutes war crimes.

The full story from today's Los Angeles Times is pasted below for your perusal.  It will be so satisfying if Bush & Co. eventually drown in the deepest, darkest black water of their own making.

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Unresolved questions are likely to touch off new criticism of Bush's conduct of the unpopular Iraq war, especially given the broad definition of unlawful combatants the president has used in justifying his detention policies at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
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October 15, 2007

by Julian Barnes

[Photo] OVER BAGHDAD: A Blackwater helicopter in Feburary. The amount of force being used by such firms has raised questions.

Using private guards in Iraq could expose the U.S. to accusations of treaty violations, some experts think.
 
WASHINGTON -- As the Bush administration deals with the fallout from the recent killings of civilians by private security firms in Iraq, some officials are asking whether the contractors could be considered unlawful combatants under international agreements.

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The question is an outgrowth of federal reviews of the shootings, in part because the U.S. officials want to determine whether the administration could be accused of treaty violations that could fuel an international outcry.

But the issue also holds practical and political implications for the administration's war effort and the image of the U.S. abroad.

If U.S. officials conclude that the use of guards is a potential violation, they may have to limit guards' tasks in war zones, which could leave more work for the already overstretched military.

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Sandy Sand began her writing career while raising three children and doing public relations work for Women's American ORT (Organization for Rehabilitation through Training). That led to a job as a reporter for the San Fernando Valley Chronicle, a (more...)
 

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