Friday, February 02, 2007

Shadow Company Follow-up

Following up on our viewing Shadow Company, a documentary about the use of mercenaries in Iraq, here's an article about new developments in military contractor regulation from P.W. Singer at DefenseTech.org,
Since the start of the Iraq war, tens of thousands of heavily-armed military contractors have been roaming the country -- without any law, or any court to control them. That may be about to change, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow P.W. Singer notes in a Defense Tech exclusive. Five words, slipped into a Pentagon budget bill, could make all the difference. With them, "contractors 'get out of jail free' cards may have been torn to shreds," he writes. They're now subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the same set of laws that governs soldiers. But here's the catch: embedded reporters are now under those regulations, too.
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