'Trophy' video from Iraq

The nicest thing about hiring mercenaries -- i.e. Thugs 'R' Us -- is that they can do the really dirty work of war for us:


The video, which first appeared on a website that has been linked unofficially to Aegis Defence Services, contained four separate clips, in which security guards open fire with automatic rifles at civilian cars. All of the shooting incidents apparently took place on "route Irish", a road that links the airport to Baghdad.
In one of the videoed attacks, a Mercedes is fired on at a distance of several hundred yards before it crashes in to a civilian taxi. In the last clip, a white civilian car is raked with machine gun fire as it approaches an unidentified security company vehicle. Bullets can be seen hitting the vehicle before it comes to a slow stop.
There are no clues as to the shooter but either a Scottish or Irish accent can be heard in at least one of the clips above Elvis Presley's Mystery Train, the music which accompanies the video. [LINK via Christian Science Monitor]
The video sparked two investigations -- by the Foreign Office and an internal one within Aegis -- but no response thus far from the Pentagon. Even though Aegis is in Iraq because of a £220 million security contract in Iraq with the United States government. The lack of action is especially disturbing since the Brits seem to have done a Pontius Pilate on the whole affair: "Last night a spokesman for the Foreign Office said: 'Aegis have assured us that there is nothing on the video to suggest that it has anything to do with their company. This is now a matter for the American authorities because Aegis is under contract to the United States.'"

But what would you expect from a government that hired a company run by Lt Col Tim Spicer, a man who "rose to public prominence in 1998 when his private military company Sandlines International was accused of breaking United Nations sanctions by selling arms to Sierra Leone."

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