After pardon, Blackwater guard defiant: ‘I acted correctly’

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of four former U.S. government contractors pardoned by President Donald Trump in the shooting deaths of Iraqi civilians says he feels like “I acted correctly.” Evan Liberty spoke to The Associated Press in his first interview since being pardoned late last month. The guards were convicted in the deaths of 14 civilians, including women and children, during a 2007 shooting at a crowded Baghdad traffic circle. Liberty says he didn’t shoot at anyone who didn’t shoot at him. He says he’s not sure what his future holds, but he may pursue a career in fitness and is interested in helping veterans’ organizations.