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...Convention to demand that President George W. Bush be turned out of office. A car bomb at the office of a U.S. security contractor in Afghanistan killed about ten people, including three Americans. Closing ceremonies were held in Athens, Greece...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-08-29
State
Outside editorial: Ruling revives Blackwater shooting case

...2007. When a car bomb exploded near a meeting between Iraqi officials and a U.S. diplomat, a team from the security contractor blocked traffic at a crowded city square in order to get the diplomat to safety. Suddenly, shots were fired...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2011-05-03/outside-editorial-ruling-revives-blac
Opinion
Sealing the court

...District Court for the District of Columbia has been holding closed-door hearings in the case of five Blackwater security contractors accused of gunning down unarmed Iraqi civilians. A reporter from The Post learned of the hearings, which appear...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/101909/opi_506453883.shtml
Outside editorial: Set some rules for Blackwater, other contractors

...working for the State Department and other agencies are not. Blackwater has been the State Department's largest security contractor. Price wants to place all contractors under the same rules and make certain that the administration enforces the...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/112807/opi_20071128002.shtml
Opinion
Austerman and Duncan wed

...Dave and Carol are both from Kodiak and currently live in Juneau. Dave, son of Craig and Carla Schauff, is a security contractor overseas. Carol, daughter of Alan and Ginny Austerman, is a manager for the State of Alaska. The married couple...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/011707/nei_20070117004.shtml
Neighbors
Con: Quasi-military contractors provide good bang for the buck in war zones

...paychecks to woo highly trained warriors into leaving the service. Wrong! At the height of the war, the entire armed security contractor force in Iraq was only about 10,000. And not all these jobs required special operations qualifications. The...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/031910/opi_592882477.shtml
Opinion
Ways to truly support our troops

...Empire on April 25, from The Associate Press wire). This in contrast to the civilian Blackwater and DynCorp security contractors who operate with impunity and live free of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. What we need to do is actually...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/042908/let_273340286.shtml
Immunity complicates plans for Iraq withdrawal

...overdue. Yet it will create a new set of problems. Companies such as Blackwater, a large employer of private security contractors, say the removal of immunity will make it much harder to retain and recruit contractors to work in Iraq. If they...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/010609/opi_374437649.shtml
Outside editorial: U.S. should plug Blackwater hole

...self-defense. The shootings incited understandable outrage among Iraqis, compounded by the fact that the private security contractors were immune to prosecution by either the U.S. military or Iraq. The incident also led to strife between the...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/121608/opi_368241381.shtml
Outside editorial: Prosecuting Blackwater

Private security contractors have been a constant irritant in U.S.-Iraqi relations for...government should caution its people not to have high expectations. Security contractors at the time of the shooting fell under no clear legal authority...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/121108/opi_366253361.shtml
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