Two former employees of a subsidiary to the security company formerly known as Blackwater were arrested Thursday for the murder of two Afghan civilians last May.
The accused, Justin Cannon, 27, and Chris Dortleff, 29, were employees of Paravant LLC, a subsidiary to Xe Services, the company formerly known as Blackwater. Cannon and Dortleff were in Afghanistan to train the Afghan National Army. They have since been terminated by Xe. Both men have told the Associated Press that they believe they were justified in opening fire on a vehicle that caused an accident in front of their vehicle, then turned and sped towards them. The contractors were carrying weapons despite a U.S. military documents prohibiting them from carrying firearms. A third Paravant contractor who was there when the shooting occurred was terminated after the incident and accused by the company of drinking before the shooting.
The Nation’s Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army believes that as President Obama escalates the Afghanistan War, “we are going to see more of these incidents with more of these trainers when they engage with the Afghan civilians.”
Brave New Foundation interviewed Scahill for their video series “Rethink Afghanistan”