As we approach the ninth year of America's illegal wars overseas, more details are emerging about the crimes committed by the sinister American mercenary company, formerly known as "Blackwater USA". Basically, racist homicidal rednecks gone wild. Whether it's helping the CIA assassinate "insurgents" or carrying out their own brand of warped vigilante warfare, North Carolina-based Blackwater has been embroiled in so much controversy that it recently changed its name to "Xe Services" for PR purposes.

However, their disturbing acts aren't easily forgotten. Blackwater's owner, Erik Prince, is a politically connected ex-Navy Seal who has been described by former employees as a Christian supremacist who viewed the Iraq war as a crusade against Islam. Well, that's lovely. While Bush is hiding comfortably in his new Dallas mansion, his mercenary network is slowly feeling their power-binge hangover. To understand the magnitude of their behavior, here's a rundown of the war crimes they have been accused of committing. Operation freedom, eh?

5. NISOUR SQUARE SHOOTING
On September 16, 2007, Blackwater personnel were escorting a caravan of U.S. diplomats to a meeting when the mercenaries opened gunfire on a group of Iraqi civilians, killing 17 people—including a woman and an infant. Blackwater claimed that they responded to an insurgent attack, but subsequent reports found that Blackwater and its staff of trigger-happy cowboys fired without provocation. Ringleader Paul Slough, along with four colleagues, were eventually charged with manslaughter and are awaiting trial. I'm sure it was an isolated incident.

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4. KILLED INTERNAL SNITCHES
After Blackwater realized that its aura of judicial invincibility was shattered, the owner, Erik Prince, sought damage control in the tradition of an organized crime boss. Sworn statements filed on August 3 by former Blackwater employees alleged that Prince not only destroyed incriminating evidence, but also murdered or facilitated the murder of Blackwater employees who cooperated with the federal investigation into their company. Grimey. The witnesses also claimed that Prince intentionally recruited racist Christian fundamentalists who pumped steroids, drank excessively, and blasted on civilians indiscriminately. But, y'know, the world is safer without Saddam, right?

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3. SMUGGLED ILLEGAL ARMS INTO IRAQ
Prince wasn't satisfied with the lucrative governmental contracts awarded to Blackwater to fund their mass murder. He needed more dough. His private plane company, Presidential Airlines, illegally smuggled numerous weapons into Iraq hidden in bags of dog food. The weapons included sawed-off semi-automatic machine guns with silencers, and other tools for "freedom fighting".

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2. PIMPED OUT IRAQI CHILD PROSTITUTES
Blackwater's crime wave didn't stop with murder. Operating like sadistic Bosnian warlords, the private security firm was also accused of pimping out Iraqi child prostitutes. What started out as tricking allegedly turned into exploiting, as Blackwater employees became more involved in the local sex trade. It didn't help that two high-ranking Blackwater managers were previously involved in Kosovo sex trafficking.

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1. COLLABORATED WITH C.I.A IN ASSASSINATIONS
The C.I.A.'s relationship with Blackwater was extensive. Several former C.I.A. employees worked for the mercenary organization and the C.I.A. often trained at Blackwater's North Carolina facility. So it's no surprise that dating back to 2004, the C.I.A. recruited the vigilantes into their campaign to assassinate "members of Al Qaeda". In addition to helping to organize and carryout illegal killings, Blackwater also helped set up secret prisons where they likely committed more acts of "freedom fighting". But as the cloak of secrecy fades, these bloodthirsty "freedom fighters" are now hopefully fighting for their freedom.

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