After Blackwater contracters were killed in Iraq, their families have decided to sue the company.
Firedoglake has a great entry on all this, and informs us:
The company’s defense is that "although it is a private company, it has become an essential and indistinguishable cog in the military machine and, like the military, should be immune from liability for casualties in a war zone."
Well, well, well. If it's part of the military, it's going to have to act like the military and *integrate into it*. Be subject to -- and accountable through defined channels -- the UCMJ, the laws of war, etc.
You do not get to have your cake and eat it, too.