April 23, 2010 2:27 PM

Commentary: Blackwater 'just doing a job for the government'

In the secretive world of Blackwater Worldwide, nothing is what it seems. The security company's heavily armed employees, for example, were only doing their job — protecting U.S. diplomats — when in 2007 they shot up a Baghdad square, killing 17 civilians. No matter that Iraqi officials called it murder. Now, "just doing a job for the government" is shaping up as a key component in the defense offered by five former Blackwater executives to federal firearms charges.

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