Four Blackwater contractors were convicted in federal court yesterday of murder, manslaughter, and weapons charges for their role in a massacre that occurred in Iraq in 2007 while Blackwater was protecting a convoy of US State Department officials.The shooting incident, which left 17 unarmed Iraqis dead, was ruled a crime rather than a wartime accident by a federal jury.
|By: DSWright Thursday October 23, 2014 6:45 am|
|By: DSWright Monday July 7, 2014 1:24 pm|
Former Navy SEAL and Blackwater founder Erik Prince has a new security venture. This time he is helping Chinese firms to “take the drama out of Africa” by consulting on how the businesses should establish themselves and operate throughout the continent. Africa has become a major target for Chinese investment to secure access to the continent’s vast natural resources.
|By: DSWright Monday May 12, 2014 6:42 am|
According to the report 400 mercenaries from Academi (formerly Blackwater) were on the ground “involved in a punitive operation mounted by Ukraine’s new government.”
Der Spiegel claims “the information originates from U.S. intelligence services and was presented during a meeting chaired by the Chancellor’s Office chief Peter Altmaier.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday February 22, 2013 5:45 pm|
Two ex-Blackwater Worldwide executives pled guilty to one count of “failing to make and maintain records related to firearms.” They were sentenced by a federal judge to three years probation, four months house arrest with stipulations and fined five thousand dollars.
To understand how gentle this sentence happens to be and how it clearly shows the United States Justice Department threw the case, Gary Jackson, former president of Blackwater, and William Wheeler Mathews Jr., a former vice president, were indicted on April 16, 2010, on twelve counts and five counts respectively.