A US federal judge has dismissed all charges against five guards from US security firm Blackwater over the killing of 17 Iraqis in 2007.
The five, contracted to defend US diplomatic personnel, were accused of opening fire on a crowd in Baghdad.
District Judge Ricardo Urbina said the US justice department had used evidence prosecutors were not supposed to have.
"The five guards were Donald Ball, Dustin Heard, Evan Liberty, Nick Slatten and Paul Slough - all of whom are decorated military veterans.
As well as the 14 counts of manslaughter, they had faced 20 counts of attempted manslaughter and one count of using a machine gun to commit a crime of violence, a charge that carries a 30-year minimum sentence.
Their lawyers said the men were thrilled by the ruling.
"It's tremendously gratifying to see the court allow us to celebrate the new year the way it has," said Bill Coffield, who represents Mr Liberty. "It really invigorates your belief in our court system."
Donald Ball's lawyer, Steven McCool, said it felt like the "weight of the world" had been lifted from his client's shoulders.
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It looks as if the "special team" inside the Justice Department was assigned to sabotage the case against these Satanists, whose crimes are well known, but whose motives (advanced SRA/Satanism) are generally unknown. They can believe all they want that they've gotten away with it, but they can't escape justice in the next world, and in future lives on Earth. God created them as humans, and nothing can change that permanently, although they might succeed in turning themselves into Satan's puppets for the remainder of their current physical lives.