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House Passes Military Contractor Legislation

Press release: “Today, the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA – H.R. 2740) Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007, despite the Bush Administration’s opposition, with a vote of 389-30. The bill, which passed through the House Judiciary Committee in August, makes private contractors working in combat zones like Iraq and Afghanistan subject to prosecution for wrongdoing in U.S. courts.”
Related government documents and news:

  • Senator Leahy’s letter to Secretary Rice, asking that FBI team investigating Blackwater in Baghdad be protected by State Dept. security, instead of by Blackwater guards. October 3, 2007
  • AP: House OKs Bill to Prosecute Contractors
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