Ex-Blackwater Guards Sentenced to Long Prison Terms in 2007 Killings of Iraqi Civilians

WASHINGTON — One former Blackwater security contractor received a life sentence on Monday and three others received 30-year sentences for killing unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007.

The shooting left 17 people dead and was a gruesome nadir in the war in Iraq. It transformed Blackwater Worldwide from America’s wealthiest and most politically powerful security contractor into a symbol of unchecked and privatized military power.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I’ll bet the Saudis hire every one of them.

  • Gettingby

    If they were soldiers in any Muslim country they would be considered heroes and have streets and parks named after them after all the partying died down. Screw the pussies of the west.

  • Microaggressive

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    inthemiddle5 Virginia

    These men were not simply driving through Baghdad at the time of this incident. They were retreating from an ambush. They were in a state of heightened alert and were fearful for their lives (with good reason). Most of us still remember the graphic images of the Blackwater men who were mutilated, burned alive, then hung from a bridge like sides of beef in Fallujah. This sort of attack happened routinely against the Blackwater teams. 41 men from the company were slaughtered in Iraq. We can all argue about whether or not the US should have been there….but that issue was way above the paygrade of these young men. They were sent to do a job, they were attacked, they returned fire because they didn’t want to end up like the guys in Fallujah (or the 37 others who were blown up or shot by “civilians” in Iraq).

    • It’s an ugly sentence.

    • Millie_Woods

      Thanks for sharing that. Puts things into a new Perspective.

  • WalterBannon

    Blackwater needs to conduct some of this kind of operations in DC, starting with the enemy in chief.

    • Shebel

      He doesn’t much matter any more. Sure would hate to see that Traitor become a martyr for the Cause.
      Best to just let him fade away into oblivion. This will be his punishment.
      This is what he fears–the most.

  • bob e

    isn’t this something .. ??

  • Alain

    No wonder we continue losing this war; preferring to court defeat instead.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Handing out speeding tickets at the Indy 500 again I see.

    • winniec

      Give the CIA their tickets.

  • cmh

    this makes me feel sick….it smells real bad. can they not appeal again?

  • winniec

    They were no doubt following orders from the CIA.