Iraqi victims of abuse at Abu Ghraib appeal dismissal of lawsuit against CACI over alleged role in torture & abuse

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الكاتب: Center for Constitutional Rights (USA)

Last evening, six amicus briefs were filed with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of four men suing private military contractor CACI Premier Technology, Inc. (CACI) for the company’s role in torturing and otherwise seriously mistreating  them at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The briefs were filed by Alberto J. Mora, former General Counsel of the United States Navy, who led efforts within the Defense Department to oppose Bush administration legal theories sanctioning torture and to end unlawful interrogation techniques at Guantánamo; constitutional scholars; prominent human rights organizations; the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture; survivors of human rights violations; and retired military generals, admirals, and other officers.

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الكاتب: Murtaza Hussain, The Intercept (USA)

A United Nations official, legal scholars, and human rights activists are expected to file friend-of-the-court briefs today supporting a lawsuit in which four Iraqi men allege military contractor CACI International orchestrated their torture at Abu Ghraib. The amicus briefs will include one by Alberto Mora, former Navy General Counsel during the Bush era and a longtime opponent of that administration’s torture policies. Directed at the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the briefs support reviving a case dismissed by a Virginia district court this past June. The case dates to 2008, when lawyers at the Center for Constitutional Rights filed suit on behalf of the four men, alleging that CACI employees ordered soldiers to “ soften up” detainees for interrogations…CACI did not respond to requests for comment.

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الكاتب: Center for Constitutional Rights

[T]he Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) appealed the dismissal of a lawsuit filed against private military contractor CACI Premier Technology, Inc. (CACI) for the company’s role in the torture and other abuse of four Iraqi men at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison’s so-called “hard site.”  A federal judge dismissed the case in June, ruling that even though U.S. military investigators concluded that several CACI interrogators conspired with U.S. soldiers (who were later court martialed) to “soften” detainees for interrogations and which contributed to “sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses,” CACI’s responsibility for its role in the torture is a “political question” unreviewable by the courts. “Torture is not a political question, it is a legal question,” said Center for Constitutional Rights Legal Director Baher Azmy. 

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الكاتب: Center for Constitutional Rights

Plaintiffs are four Iraqi civilians who were tortured and otherwise seriously abused while detained at Abu Ghraib prison, before their eventual release without charge. Plaintiffs…sued CACI Premier Technology, Inc. (“CACI”), a corporation hired by the U.S. government to provide interrogation services, for conspiring with low-level U.S. military personnel to torture and abuse detainees at the Abu Ghraib “Hard Site” in 2003-2004. A number of CACI’s co-conspirators…who provided testimony in this case implicating CACI, were convicted by U.S. courts martial for their role in abusing detainees. Several military investigations attributed responsibility to CACI employees for directing and participating in abuses at Abu Ghraib.

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