Archive for February 23, 2009

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Just days after Central Regional Hospital learned they will continue to get funding from Medicaid and Medicare programs after passing a three-day inspection process, another incident rears its ugly head.

An employee of Central Regional Hospital faces charges he assaulted a youth at the psychiatric facility, police said Monday.

The Butner Public Safety Department issued warrants for Hilbert Reddick, 51, of Durham, on charges of assault of a child under 12 and assault on a handicapped person. The warrants were sent to Durham for officers to arrest Reddick, but he wasn’t in custody as of Monday afternoon.

The charges stem from an alleged assault on Feb. 8 at the hospital’s John Umstead campus, which is where adolescent patients are treated. No other details were immediately available.

Warrants were issued after the patient’s mother pressed her case with the Granville County District Attorney’s Office.

There is one detail left out of this story that should be investigated further. The fact warrants were issued suggest probable cause of some wrong doing and having a criminal history doesn’t bode well for the employee.

Source: Aaron Zelinsky –  The Huffington Post

There are currently more civilian contractors in Iraq than members of the United States Army. The most infamous is the private security force, Xe (The-Firm-Formerly-Known-as-Blackwater). Xe has approximately 1000 military contractors in Iraq who guard U.S. government installations and personnel.

Because of a legislative loophole, Xe and many of its fellow contractors currently operate outside of both U.S. and Iraqi law. While contractors employed by the Department of Defense are answerable to the domestic laws of the United States, contractors employed by civilian departments are not necessarily accountable under U.S. law. Congress and President Obama should act immediately to rectify this problem.

In 2000, Congress passed the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA), codified at 18 U.S.C. 3261-3267. 18 U.S.C. 3261 (a)(1) provides:

“Whoever engages in conduct outside the United States that would constitute an offense punishable by imprisonment for more than 1 year if the conduct had been engaged in within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States . . . while employed by or accompanying the Armed Forces outside the United States . . . shall be punished as provided for that offense.”

18 U.S.C. 3267(1)(a)(iii), added in 2004, defines “Armed Forces” to include

“an employee of a contractor (or subcontractor at any tier) of . . . any other Federal agency, or any provisional authority, to the extent such employment relates to supporting the mission of the Department of Defense overseas.”

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