Five employees of Blackwater are indicted in the killing of 17 unarmed Iraqi civilians.
"Yesterday's indictments are the government's first test of its authorities to hold these contractors accountable for crimes."
— Ginger Thompson on Blackwater
The Justice Department has indicted five employees of Blackwater, the largest security firm in Iraq. They are accused of manslaughter for their role in a shooting incident in Baghdad in September 2007 which left 17 civilians dead. New York Times reporter Ginger Thompson explains the case.