Contractors arrested by US Marines strike back

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  1. Remember the incident when 19 private security contractors of an American company were arrested by soldiers of the USMC in Fallujah, because, after having been observed firing at Iraqi civilians, they opened fire on US Marines?
    Here are two of the original articles as a refresher:
    http://www.news24.com/News24/World/Iraq/0,,2-10-1460_1718477,00.html
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml;jsessionid=3HYRTSIMBSIWPQFIQMGSM5WAVCBQWJVC?xml=/news/2005/06/11/wirq11.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/06/11/ixnewstop.html&secureRefresh=true&_requestid=46754

    Now, according to the following article they are complaining about having been bullied by the Marines:
    http://www.csmonitor.com/2005/0613/dailyUpdate.html

    From this article:
    "In a late May incident, 16 US military contractors, all former US military personnel, were detained for three days by US Marines in Fallujah, Iraq. The military contractors say they were abused and humiliated by the US troops, a charge which the US military has said is "categorically untrue."

    "I never in my career have treated anybody so inhumane," one of the contractors, Rick Blanchard, a former Florida state trooper, wrote in an email quoted in the Los Angeles Times. "They treated us like insurgents, roughed us up, took photos, hazed [bullied] us, called us names." "

    But...
    "The contractors said they had fired shots in the air to get a stalled truck to move, but no one had shot at the tower. The captain didn't believe the story, and detained all 16 men, as well as three Iraqis who were with them."

    Now what do you soldiers think: Is firing into the air inside a town a way to get a stalled truck moving?
    What will shots fired at civilian vehicles do to the civilian operations side of the USMC detachment?
    Is this good drill?

    To whom are the private security companies accountable?

    Jan