A new definition for chutzpah?

newsobserver.com | U.S. company: crash lawsuit governed by Islamic law

The crash of Blackwater Flight 61 occurred in the rugged mountains of central Afghanistan in 2004, killing three soldiers and the three-man crew.

The widows of the soldiers sued Presidential Airways, Blackwater’s sister company, which was under contract with the U.S. military to fly cargo and personnel around Afghanistan.

Presidential Airways argued that the lawsuit must be dismissed; legal doctrine holds that soldiers cannot sue the government, and the company was acting as an agent of the government.

Last year, a series of federal judges dismissed that argument.

In April, Presidential asked a federal judge in Florida to dismiss the lawsuit because the case is controlled by Afghanistan’s Islamic law. If the judge agrees that Afghan law applies, the lawsuit would be dismissed. The company also plans to ask a judge to dismiss the lawsuit on the constitutional grounds that a court should not interfere in military decision-making.

The National Transportation Safety Board has blamed the crash on Presidential for its “failure to require its flight crews to file and fly a defined route,” and for not providing oversight to make sure its crews followed company policies and Pentagon and FAA safety regulations.

Apparently they’re trying to throw everything at the wall and see if any of it with stick, and ignoring the fact that pretty much all of their rationales for why the suit should be thrown out contradict each other. (And anyway, just how do you determine the “law” of a country where much of the territory is governed by “I don’t like you, I shoot you if I can get away with it”?)

But what really struck me is that this pleading to be judged under Sharia law, Erik Prince has perhaps become the first honest-to-goodness Islamofascist to be spotted outside the confines of neocon ravings.


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