In this April 4, 2004 file photo, plainclothes contractors working for Blackwater USA take part in a firefight as Iraqi demonstrators loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr attempt to advance on a facility being defended by U.S. and Spanish soldiers in the Iraqi city of Najaf. (AP Photo/Gervasio Sanchez, File)

Blackwater Fined $7.5M For Illegal Arms Trading, Continues Military Contracting

(MintPress) — The private military contractor Academi, formerly known as Blackwater, was fined $7.5 million earlier this week by the U.S. Justice Department for 17 counts of illegally trafficking weapons and selling arms to enemies of the United States. The controversial use of mercenary forces have been banned under international law. However, many countries, including […]