Grand Theft Auto: Iraq Is No Game, It's Just Assholes With Guns

Mercenary outfit Blackwater has been accused of some pretty terrible things during its time operating as a "security contractor" in Iraq. Something captured in these shocking videos.

Part of a great feature over on Harper's (registration required), they show what happens when angry men are overpaid and set loose on a country that, while everyone else was there at least trying to help, was to them just an opportunity to operate outside the law.

Motherboard's Derek Mead likens the spectacle to a game of Grand Theft Auto, something that's hard to argue with. The shooting, the smashing of other cars and, in one disgusting sequence, the hit-and-run of an innocent civilian, it's all stuff that litters the experience of an open-world game, and which sickeningly appears just as enjoyable to these meatheads as it does to your average gamer.

If you were wondering just why a video game based on the exploits of Blackwater was such a controversial subject, well, now you know why.

Warning: some of the content is quite graphic.

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    No wonder they hate us.

    Hell. I knew they were bad, I didn't know they were THAT bad. I knew they had killed civilians, but this footage really makes it clear that these guys were the worst kinds of mercenaries.

    Were't many of them former special operations guys? Or former soldiers? I guess everyone can turn into an animal when they are given immunity from all laws. Because when Blackwater were operating in Iraq, they were literally immune from US army prosecution, Iraqi Prosecution and US Civilian prosecution - they quite literally had no one to answer to, and I suppose this is the result.

    I'm just glad that they're almost bankrupt.

    that last video, classic plunkett. but yeh thats terrible

    What the actual f**k!
    To think former soldiers and operators could justify doing this to innocents even under 'legal immunity'>
    Just plain sickening.

    God bless these patriots protecting us from the brown people.

    Proof that the worst parts of man kind can still find legal reasoning to do what they want and screw every one else :S

    This is not video game related and doesn't belong on this site.

    Is he going to post that Kony video and attempt to relate it to Far Cry 2 or something next?

      There was/is a black water game that got some minor coverage.

      And I don't have much else to say in reply that wouldn't be abusive, so yeah that would probably be his thought chain.

      No its not a game but this is exactly the kind of shit that exploitative shitheads and irresponsible news organisations imply that playing games like grand theft auto turns normal people into. That makes it exactly the kind of thing kotaku should post

    no surprises here. i don't think normal civilians apply for jobs in mercenary organisations.
    hell look at russian mafia and mexican mafia, ex KGB/Spetnaz for the Russians and ex- US trained special forces make up Zetas. Not alot of work going for unwanted soldiers, and they are normally forcefully discharged types too.

    and while Blackwater are going bust, there will be plenty of private military corporations soon who do the jobs UN and other countries won't bother with.

    I actually thought that was pretty funny.

    Looks like plunkett wants to get fired, Please post more crap.

      Are you kidding? Ashcraft is still around, Plunkett has a long road ahead of him.

    I don't kid myself into thinking I'm politically minded, beyond what directly affects my life - but footage is taaaame. The attitudes of the worst kinds of soldiers are documented in Taxi To The Dark Side, and This Is War.

    Why does the news not show this?
    Why are these mercenaries not behind bars?
    Scumbags like these are not needed in this world or any.

    i know scumbags but that one of the hit and run the person really should have looked up and checked to make sure it was safe. its standard procedure not to stop in a situation like that since it could be decided to get them exposed for a suicide bomber to take them all out. You have to remember that they are in a war zone and back when blackwater was around and in there it was one of the most dangerous war zones around. Also the images of them shooting at vehicles are when the vehicle approaches in a manner that is inline with an attempt to block.ambush them. They often carried high level officials in these convoys who were often subject to attack by suicide bombers and RPG attacks etc. It does look bad but you must remember the stress these guys would have been under and the dangerous situation that were in in a hostile city.
    That being said blackwater did murder innocents on a number of occasions and thats why it doesnt exist any more.


      Blackwater does exist, they just changed their name after that whole acquiring children for prostitution thing. First to Xe, then to Academi. Same company, same CEO, same people.

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