Back in February a Blackwater guard shot and killed three three Iraqi government guards who, witnessed said, hadn't opened fire.
A few minutes later, a Iraqi Army commander at the scene went over to the Blackwater unit to complain:
Abood, a short, stocky man who speaks halting English, said he learned from the Justice Ministry that snipers from a U.S. security company -- not insurgents -- had shot the guards. He drove in a Humvee with one of his lieutenants to the ministry. The Blackwater guards were gathered in the traffic circle, he said, preparing to leave. Most were stocky, with goatees and small communication devices in their ears.
"I told them, 'I want to speak with the guy who is in charge of this unit,' " he said.
The Blackwater guards started toying with him, Abood said.
"He's in charge," said one, pointing at one of his colleagues.
"No, he's in charge," said another.
"They didn't care what I was saying," Abood said....
Abood said he was still waiting when the Blackwater guards climbed inside their vehicles, set off smoke grenades in the circle and sped away in a green-and-orange cloud toward the Green Zone.
The whole incident is detailed in a frontpage story in today's Washington Post. It
makes for grim reading.