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27 July 2010

Speaking Hypothetically: What to Do When a PMC Tortures?

Author: David Isenberg, Huffington Post

Let's just suppose for a moment, speaking hypothetically, that a private military contractor engaged in acts of torture…[W]hat can be done about it if such a thing happens? That sounds like a legal question, and there are very few legal issues that,...

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28 June 2010

[PDF] Regulating and Monitoring Private Military and Security Companies

Author: José L. Gómez del Prado, UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries

PMSCs do have an impact on the enjoyment of human rights…“Private soldiers”….[are] individuals who can violate human rights as much as be victims of human rights violations…Summary executions, disappearances, torture…bad working conditions…lack of...

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28 May 2010

Group Urges Supreme Court to Hold Military Contractors Accountable for Torture and Abuse

Author: Human Rights First

Human Rights First today urged the Supreme Court to hear the case against CACI International and L-3 Services (formerly Titan Corporation), companies whose employees are alleged to have tortured detainees at Abu Ghraib. The group notes that the...

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28 May 2010

Retired Senior Military Officers, Rights Groups File Amicus Briefs Asking Supreme Court to Hear Abu Ghraib Torture Case

Author: Center for Constitutional Rights

[T]hree amicus curiae…briefs were filed in the Supreme Court, in support of CCR’s petition for certiorari in its case against CACI and L-3 Services (formerly Titan), two corporations whose employees are alleged to have participated in the infamous...

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3 November 2009

[PDF] A Shadowy Business [scroll to pg. 29]

Author: Cyril Magnon-Pujo, Journal of International Peace Operations

...In Shadow Force, Isenberg analyzes the security element of contractor business in the Iraq intervention...With the aspiration of furthering the private security contractor debate, described as a “tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury,”......

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1 October 2009

[PDF] Accountability for Private Military Contractors Under the Alien Tort Statute

Author: Jenny S. Lam, California Law Review

Despite heightened attention in recent years to PMC [private military contractor] accountability, commentators have largely ignored PMCs’ potential tort liability under the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS,”…)…Ibrahim v. Titan Corp.28 and Saleh v. Titan Corp....

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11 September 2009

U.S. court dismisses Iraqi contractor torture case

Author: James Vicini, Reuters

A federal appeals court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit against two U.S. defense contractors by Iraqi torture victims, saying the companies had immunity as government contractors... The plaintiffs sued CACI International Inc, which provided...

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11 September 2009

[PDF] Opinion in Saleh v. Titan Corp. and CACI International

Author: US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit

During wartime, where a private service contractor is integrated into combatant activities over which the military retains command authority, a tort claim arising out of the contractor’s engagement in such activities shall be preempted.......

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8 June 2009

Controversial US firm’s role in census cut back [UK]

Author: Helen McArdle, Sunday Herald [UK]

The SNP [Scottish National Party] are scaling back the role of a company it commissioned to provide "back office" services in the 2011 census in an attempt to placate widespread criticism that the Scottish government is helping bankroll a firm whose...

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19 March 2009

Court rules Abu Ghraib torture victims can sue contractor CACI, according to legal team for former detainees [USA]

Author: Center for Constitutional Rights [USA]

A Virginia federal court ruled Wednesday that four former Abu Ghraib detainees who were tortured and later released without charge can sue U.S. military contractor CACI International, according to their U.S. legal team. [The] U.S. District Judge...

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