In 2007, according to an article in today’s NYT, operatives of Blackwater Worldwide (a company providing civilian contractors employed by the U.S. government during the Iraq War) perpetrated a mass shooting of Iraqi civilians at Nisour Square, killing 17. The article recounts some of the details of the massacre.
If you look at the facts that the NYT reports, you can see that the State Department conducted a cover-up of these murders whether if they are implicated in the court proceedings or not.
But the main gist of the story is the bumbling of the case against the involved contractors. It’s just amazing how wrong things have gone when such an important precedent could have been made, namely, if you are not officially a member of the U.S. military, but you are employed to act as one, you cannot act with impunity.