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03/14/2013 11:50 am ET Updated May 14, 2013

Court Documents Reveal How Blackwater Served As Effective Extension Of CIA: Daily Beast

Last month a three-year-long federal prosecution of Blackwater collapsed. The government's 15-felony indictment--on such charges as conspiring to hide purchases of automatic rifles and other weapons from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives--could have led to years of jail time for Blackwater personnel. In the end, however, the government got only misdemeanor guilty pleas by two former executives, each of whom were sentenced to four months of house arrest, three years' probation, and a fine of $5,000. Prosecutors dropped charges against three other executives named in the suit and abandoned the felony charges altogether.

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