An alarming set of five videos showing a U.S. security contractor formerly known as Blackwater (the company has since changed its name to Academi) performing malicious acts on Iraqi roads are making the internet rounds.
The footage that dates back to 2006 was published online by Harper’s Magazine as part of a special feature in this month's edition titled "The Warrior Class: A golden age for the freelance soldier". The article by journalist Charles Glass is about the growth of private military and security contractors in the aftermath of September 11.
Inside he describes some of the scenes seen in the video footage and which show Blackwater mercenaries in SUVs and military vehicles running over a woman without turning back, shooting into traffic and crashing into cars in Iraq.
We'll have to warn you that some of the scenes in the videos that follow below are graphic.