Witnesses and fine art flew in from Baghdad. The four witnesses testified before a Washington DC grand jury about last fall's killings of 17 Iraqi civilians by diplomatic bodyguards working for Blackwater Worldwide in Baghdad's Nisoor Square. ABC's Brian Ross reported that prosecutors are focusing on three or four of the guards. Mohammed abdul-Razzaq, a motorist in the square, described his nine-year-old son Ali in the back seat, shot dead through the head. Blackwater claimed its convoy had been under attack by gunmen. "It was a true massacre. It was a slaughter," asserted abdul-Razzaq. "None if us was armed." Ross added that Blackwater's security contract in Iraq has been renewed for five years by the State Department for $1.2bn. The fine art consisted of a collection of paintings on display at a New York City gallery collected by Christopher Brownfield, while he was serving in the USNavy in Baghdad. Artist Mohammed al-Hamadany has confined his palette to black and red since the war began, CBS' Richard Schlesinger told us, "black for oil and greed, red for violence and hatred."
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