WASHINGTON - The State Department promised Blackwater USA bodyguards immunity from prosecution in its investigation of last month's deadly shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians, The Associated Press has learned.
The immunity deal has delayed a criminal inquiry into the Sept. 16 killings and could undermine any effort to prosecute security contractors for their role in the incident that has infuriated the Iraqi government.
This seems to make little sense. If someone if granted immunity, don't there have to be written statements? How the hell is it possible to be unsure whether the State Department granted someone immunity or not?
In the second place, the press and the Democrats are so damned disgraceful that if Bush made an announcement this afternoon that he was unilaterally granting immunity to every member of his administration for anything they ever did or shall do, there would be hardly a peep.