October 11th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Blackwater Loses Bid to Reject Wrongful Death Suit in Afghan Plane Crash

Blackwater Loses Bid to Reject Wrongful Death Suit in Afghan Plane Crash

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/11/1340222

In 2004, three Army soldiers and three Blackwater employees died when a plane operated by a Blackwater subsidiary crashed in Afghanistan. The families of the soldiers filed a wrongful death suit. Blackwater has claimed the lawsuit should be dismissed, but last week three judges on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta rejected that argument. We speak to the families’ attorney, Robert Spohrer.

 


Blackwater is also facing a lawsuit over its actions in Afghanistan. In 2004, a plane operated by a subsidiary of Blackwater crashed in Afghanistan. Three Army soldiers and three Blackwater employees died in the crash. The families of the soldiers filed a wrongful death suit against Blackwater subsidiary Presidential Airways. Blackwater has claimed the lawsuit should be dismissed, but last week three judges on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta rejected that argument.
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Mr. Richardson, New Mexico’s governor, campaigns with a strongly antiwar message — that the troops i

Mr. Richardson, New Mexico’s governor, campaigns with a strongly antiwar message — that the troops in Iraq must be withdrawn now — he has managed to stand out from fellow Democrats, and has been slowly and steadily rising in the polls. His rise has not been enough to overtake any of the top three candidates, but he is edging closer and making an already complicated Democratic race even more so.

Richardson Gains Ground in Iowa

The Ad Campaign: Richardson’s Gift to Iowa: A Little Humor

Candidate Has an Eye on Edging Up to No. 3

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Oct. 8 — By Bill Richardson’s own admission, he is neither the richest, nor the most popular, nor the most glamorous of the Democratic candidates.

But as Mr. Richardson, New Mexico’s governor, campaigns with a strongly antiwar message — that the troops in Iraq must be withdrawn now — he has managed to stand out from fellow Democrats, and has been slowly and steadily rising in the polls. His rise has not been enough to overtake any of the top three candidates, but he is edging closer and making an already complicated Democratic race even more so.

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Los Angeles to Permit Sleeping on Sidewalks

Los Angeles to Permit Sleeping on Sidewalks

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 10 — City officials agreed Wednesday not to enforce an ordinance used to bolster police sweeps of homeless people sleeping on sidewalks until 1,250 units of low-cost housing are built.

The police in recent years had used a 1968 law barring sleeping or lying in public spaces to arrest homeless people in and around Skid Row, a downtown district whose concentration of 10,000 to 12,000 homeless people is among the highest in the nation.

But a federal appeals court last year struck down convictions under the law, calling it one of the most restrictive in the country and cruel and unusual punishment, because of the area’s severe lack of housing for homeless people.

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Poverty In America -

Poverty In America -
This documentary chronicles Mr. King's nationwide
travels as he carries on the legacy of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Mrs. Coretta Scott King
and the Poor People's Campaign of 1968



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4 -  Poverty In America -
This documentary chronicles Mr. King's nationwide
travels as he carries on the legacy of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. & Mrs. Coretta Scott King
and the Poor People's Campaign of 1968 

© Keeley 2007 All Photographs  Copyright 2007 Christopher Keeley

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