Like both wars, quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, the private extremely costly 'merc' army has yet to be paid for, just a huge part of the huge costs, all rubber stamped with no bid contracts and off the countries books till executive administrations changed, of both long wars and occupations! Easy blood wealth from war investments helped by the huge tax cuts during these wars for the wealthy to squirrel away in other countries to hide from even those low tax rates!! Leading to no Sacrifice as well for the people served responsibility the VA and the now long term, DeJa-Vu all over again, results from the wars for the Veterans of, VA budget still mostly borrowed and totally conservative obstructed, that's the 'real scandal'!!!
Controversial case, which will go to jury next week, is one of few in which US forces have been tried for civilian deaths in Iraq
27 August 2014 - One of the darkest days of the US occupation of Iraq was relived in a Washington courtroom on Wednesday as the prosecution of four Blackwater security contractors accused of killing 14 civilians in a mistaken attack in Baghdad reached an emotional and legal climax.
Seven years after the bloody shooting in Baghdad’s Nisour Square that left a total of 17 Iraqis dead and more than 20 seriously wounded, jurors were told of the “shocking amount of death, injury and destruction” that saw “innocent men, women and children mowed down” by private guards working for the US State Department.
In closing arguments, assistant US attorney Anthony Asuncion claimed three of the four defendants were guilty of manslaughter and a fourth of murder for showing extreme disregard for human life in retaliating against what they mistakenly believed was a car bomb attack on their convoy.
But the defence summed up its case with a blistering attack on the government for ignoring evidence of alleged incoming machine gun fire at the convoy, which it also accused Iraqi police of helping to cover up.
The controversial case, which will go to the jury next week, is one of the few in which US forces have been tried for civilian deaths in Iraq and has already been abandoned once after an earlier judge questioned the way evidence was gathered.
But federal prosecutors pulled no punches on Wednesday as the closing stages of the second trial, which has lasted for 10 weeks, saw emotional scenes from attorneys on both sides.
Pointing at the four accused – Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard – Asuncion said: “These men took something that did not belong to them; the lives of 14 human beings ... they were turned into bloody bullet-riddled corpses at the hands of these men.” read more>>>
Blackwater, then Xe, now Academi, was quickly morphed into the CIA ranks of intelligence gathering, adding another to the growing lists of under the American flag. So you can bet the spending for the continued use of this corporate private entity is well hidden under top secret need to know eyes only, like the CIA budgets, with most coming directly from the countries treasury and given by congress who control the purse!!