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Five years into the war on terror,
American military contractors
have finally lost some of their immunity from prosecution for dirty deeds done on the federal dime.
In a post over on DefenseTech, the Brookings Institution's Peter Singer reports on a quiet insertion into the 2007 Pentagon budget that means ...
"contractors' 'get out of jail free' card may have been torn to shreds."
Basically, contractors are now subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which means they can be court martialed:
Since the start of the Iraq war, tens of thousands of heavily-armed military contractors have been roaming the country -- without any law, or any court to control them. That may be about to change, Brookings Institution Senior Fellow P.W. Singer notes in a Defense Tech exclusive. Five words, slipped into a Pentagon budget bill, could make all the difference. With them, "contractors 'get out of jail free' cards may have been torn to shreds," he writes. They're now subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the same set of laws that governs soldiers. But here's the catch: embedded reporters are now under those regulations, too.
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