Just recently, a federal jury found four ex-Blackwater USA security guards to be liable for 14 Iraqis deaths in Baghdad several years back.
The guilty verdict is testing the capability of the U.S. courts to make military companies accountable for their criminal acts.
Nick Slatten was guilty of murder, while Evan Liberty, Paul Slough, and Dustin Heard were guilty of almost every count of voluntary manslaughter and attempting voluntary manslaughter.
The guards opened gunfire against Iraqi civilians, which led to an international outrage and later leading to the Iraqi government to push the military firm out of the country.
The guards have been part of a large number of Blackwater workers offering security for the State Department staff within Iraq. When a bomb exploded a car near an American office under Blackwater security protection, all four responded by opening fire against Iraqis citizens. Attorneys for the guards argued that they were naturally acting in self-defense and said the gunfire were justifiable.