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6 Nov 2013

Laura Raymond, Center for Constitutional Rights, in Huffington Post Blog (USA)

Abu Ghraib Torture Survivors Fight on Against Military Contractors

Since 2008…[Abu Ghraib torture survivors] have been seeking some measure of justice in U.S. courts through an ATS [Alien Tort Statute] lawsuit against CACI, the Virginia-based private military contractor hired to participate in interrogations at the prison and whose employees played a primary role in the torture of these men…Last week, the Abu Ghraib torture survivors…appealed the decision, challenging both the dismissal of the case and the legal fees…Now, six amicus briefs have been filed in support of the torture survivors' case, by legal scholars, human rights experts, retired military officers and other survivors of egregious human rights violations who have used the ATS to seek redress in U.S. courts…This case is a concrete opportunity to reel in unchecked corporate power and to send a message that when you commit heinous crimes abroad you must answer for them, no matter how powerful you are…

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US lawsuit alleging CACI tortured prisoners in Iraq is opportunity to “reel in unchecked corporate power”, says Center for Constitutional Rights

Abu Ghraib lawsuits against CACI, Titan (now L-3)