Blackwater became infamous over the past seven years for human-rights violations in Iraq so severe that the new Iraqi government expelled the company from the country over Bush and Obama administration pressure.
The Iraqi government also tried to bring several company officials to trial over human-rights violations. Blackwater was accused of murder, torture, indiscriminate shooting of civilians, and bribery of local officials in the Iraqi theater. In the most controversial incident, the Nisour Square massacre, Blackwater officials shot indiscriminately into a Baghdad crowd and killed as many as 17 civilians, including a nine-year-old child.
The CIA contract follows up a $120 million contract for the U.S. State Department awarded for