Appeals court in Virginia tosses 2 lawsuits claiming Iraqis tortured by Abu Ghraib contractors [USA]
A federal appeals court...dismissed two lawsuits by former Iraqi detainees who claimed civilian interrogators and translators participated in their torture at the Abu Ghraib prison. In a 2-1 decision...Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the state law claims against contractors CACI International...and L-3 Services, formerly Titan...are pre-empted by federal authority to manage a war. “This case involves allegations of misconduct in connection with the essentially military task of interrogation in a war zone military prison by contractors working in close collaboration with the military,” Judge Paul V. Niemeyer wrote in the majority opinion. He was joined by Judge Dennis Shedd, in the CACI case...Susan L. Burke, an attorney for the detainees in both cases, said she was disappointed with the rulings and would probably ask for a rehearing before the full appeals court...CACI’s lawyer, William Koegel, was pleased with the decision in his case.