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Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Deserve Compensation
Author: Gabor Rona, Human Rights First, Published on: 13 May 2011
Abu Ghraib. Eight years ago the Iraqi prison was the site of physical and psychological torture, rape, sodomy and murder of Iraqi prisoners committed by Americans under the authority of Americans…[N]ot one victim of official cruelty in U.S. custody…has had access to an enforceable, effective remedy. Why? Because the Bush administration, and then the Obama administration, have successfully argued in court that allowing these claims to be heard would endanger national security. One such case was filed by Abu Ghraib torture victims against private military contractors CACI International Incorporated and Titan Corporation (now L-3 Services)…The case was dismissed…Human Rights First has sent a letter to Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, the official responsible for representing the government before the Supreme Court. We’ve urged the government to urge the Court to hear the case and to reverse the decision that denies victims a remedy.