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Newly-released videos show the US private contractor in Iraq, formerly known as Blackwater, running over a woman with a car, smashing into Iraqi cars to move them out of the way and firing a rifle into traffic in 2006.

The videos were released by Harper's Magazine.

The videos are included in a piece by Charles Glass titled "The Warrior Class" that looks at the rise of private security contractors. Glass had been shown the videos by a former Blackwater employee.

Glass described one of the videos dated April 2006 that shows a woman being hit by a Blackwater vehicle.

"A woman in a black full-length burqa began to cross the street. The vehicle struck the woman and knocked her unconscious body into the gutter," Glass wrote.

"The cars slowed for a moment, but did not stop, nor did they even determine whether the victim was dead or alive. A voice in the car taking the video said, 'Oh, my God!' Yet no one was heard on the radio requesting help for her. Most sickeningly, the sequence had been set to an AC/DC song, whose pounding, metallic chorus declared: 'You've been… thunderstruck!'" he added.

Glass also said that the tape he was shown ended with the inscription, "In support of security, peace, freedom and democracy everywhere."

The incidents in the videos added more fuel to evidence that the company "encouraged and rewarded the destruction of Iraqi life."

Blackwater is the mercenary firm founded as Blackwater USA in 1996. It received no-bid contracts from the administration of former US President George W. Bush in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Amid scandals over misbehavior by Blackwater employees in Iraq, the company renamed itself Blackwater Worldwide in 2007, Xe Services in 2009, and Academi in 2011.

Despite the scandals and misconduct reports associated with the company over the past years, the administration of US President Barack Obama has awarded Academi a USD250 million contract to work for the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency in Afghanistan.

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Added: Apr-18-2012 Occurred On: Apr-18-2012
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  • War criminals...blast them

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    • @mr-scorpio Exactly. Douchebags like these claim to be fighting for freedom, yet they are no better than the terrorists themselves. It's shameful because people like this are what give the people in the army a bad name.

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    • @healingduck They are way better than the terrorists. Better drivers and better shots.
      I know all those vehicles that rammed and cut off the convoy were VBIDs that weren't made right, as usual, and failed to detonate. And they aren't "In the Army" anymore. Then again, neither are the Terrorists.

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  • Fucking cowboys - what a retarded and cowardly way to make a living.

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  • white trash sisterfuckers.

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  • It was her fault. How can she see anything with that blanket over her head?

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  • The're acting the same way as terrorists. Shame on Blackwater.

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  • Why can't we get these guy's to drive into hood's and project's to rid the scum of the U.S ??

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  • "winning the Hearts and Minds of the population" ...

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  • winning the hearts and minds huh?

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  • Mercenaries, what can you expect, one of the lowest form of human life.

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    • @JimmySaville No doubt, especially these security fucktards. Yes it is a necessary job, but it appears most of them do not take it as a job, they take it like they are at war and authorized to use deadly force. No wonder people hate the west

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  • I determine, cause of death was due to burka blocking ear canal coupled with poor visibility through her shroud - The car, was just in the wrong place, at the wrong time.

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  • It's all about freedom. They're defending freedom. They're handing out freedom all over the place. In fact, they're freeing the living shit out of everything. If it moves, they'll free the living fuck out of it.

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  • an embarrassment to their country and ISAF

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    • @zooby That's the point, they are mercenaries, they have no country...

      It's a fuckin army with no flag.

      If you pay them you can loot, you can torture, you can slaughter, and pretend you've never known about their methods and you've been fooled yourself.

      It's just stupid to take mercenaries coming from your country. For dirty works, you should take former soviet elite soldiers or African ones.

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  • I wouldn't be surprised of Iraqi people slit the throats of this scum, setting the remains on fire and hang them upside down on a bridge... wouldn't be surprised at all.

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    • @badMother Then I wouldn't be surprised if the US military surround that city of the bridge and started killing everyone in it.

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    • @badMother

      muslims do that to civilians, and

      militarys alike. especially to

      infidels. or is it, the woman

      failed to detonate??? and or

      was intentionally fail detonate and

      made to be run over for islamic

      video propaganda purposes?

      how hard is it to look left and

      right when crossing a busy street?

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    • @Muhammad_ibn_Abdullah
      I guess you look for some justification but your assumptions fail. And it's very simple: where ever you go, everywhere a hit 'n run is considered a crime -forget about morals, empathy, decency or even common sense. Is that too hard for you to understand, instead of blaming the victim?

      So let me answer your absurd question with:
      "How hard is it to look left and right when driving a busy street? How hard is it to win 'hearts and minds' when don't even have the goddamn More..

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    • @catcher
      The US justice reflex is very hard to suppress, i know...

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  • That is what happens when you make people completely above the law, then give them guns and armored vehicles . Also that women walked into traffic...

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  • It's ashame as the general public may mistake these cowboys for the US military and will give them a bad name.

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  • Mercenary trash.

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  • These assholes are a disgrace to America.

    Nothing but shame here. (this from a conservative former military law abiding God fearing average Joe. Fuck Blackwater. They are the Waffen SS reincarnated. Nothing even remotely close to this should ever have been allowed to happen in the name of a democratic society which abides by the rule of law).

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    • @ValleyBlacksmith But what America needs to know, is that this is how the WHOLE world sees you. This didn't stun me or shock me. It just made me think what I always think. "Fucking Americans!"

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    • @ValleyBlacksmith
      To you sir, all respect. At least there still great Americans around that clearly see 'the bad' and dare to condemn what's wrong. I myself consider this a 'Un-American' (so to speak) act as well and definitely an insult to the US soldier.

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    • @ValleyBlacksmith
      "in the name of a democratic society which abides by the rule of law"
      -The U.S. is not a 'democratic society'
      -A 'society' does not abide by (or ignore) rule/law, individuals do

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    • @planestrainsautomobiles
      When/where/with whom did you serve?

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    • @jonnycanuck66
      Funny, I don't share that view of Canadians, having spent all my life just across the Niagara river from Ontario. Still, Canada sent combat troops to Vietnam, Iraq (both wars) and Afghanistan where they are still. Many Canadians like to think that Canada is some exalted Utopia beyond sin on the international stage. You killed plenty of your Indians too and here's a trivia question for you~ What is the most lucrative cash crop in Canadian agriculture? Hint, the same as Kentucky an More..

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  • these morons and thugs are not subject to military laws. not subject to American laws (not in US). not subject to laws of the nation within which they operate.

    The first designation that comes to mind is these worthless fucks are war criminals. But they're not soldiers, or officials, so they can't be war criminals.

    These dickheads are just run of the mill criminals. Common fucking murderers. Overaged little boys, dimwits with guns, basically a bunch of dumb fucking redneck assholes. It makes More..

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  • Comment of user 'livelea3000' has been deleted by author (after account deletion)!
  • There's no excuse for this. They're only making things more dangerous for themselves. It takes a barbaric mentality to "justify" it.

    I am a lifelong NRA member and a vet. I assure you that if this was happening in my country, there would be hell to pay. I don't know why we expect anyone to cower in their own homeland.

    Ultimately, it's just a pissing contest that continues to cost young Americans their lives. To defend Blackwater's practices means that you're a puppet that has decid More..

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  • bloody cowboys

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  • a complete bunch of assholes......

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  • and you americans are surprised they ied-ed you're ass out of there?

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    • @redeyezz I laugh at you. Belgium hasn't contributed nor been important for the last 2,000 years. You stopped mattering when Ceasar mopped the floor with you and the Gals

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    • @dorbie
      I think nobody loved Sadam and the way he was ruling that country, but since your people controlled Iraq life did not become better. Only the chance to be randomly killed increased gigantic. So yes, let them try to solve their own problems, it's their country.

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    • @dorbie best luck of them? you ILEGALLY invaded a country (United Nations declared it was illegal, Koff anan himself) and then destroyed big part of their infrastructure, USA destroyed the lives of many innoccent people there, lets just remember robert bales, how many did he killed? 19?
      those were women and children, we dont need USA trying to be the police in the world, but yeah you lost the war, more than 12 years now, no results only disgrace on both sides (except the govmt. that will get a l More..

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    • @dutch-1 agreed and thumbs up

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