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6 Feb 2015

Centre for Constitutional Rights

No impunity for corporate torturers at Abu Ghraib, attorneys argue

…[F]our Iraqi victims tortured at…Abu Ghraib prison urged a federal district court to reject attempts by private military contractor CACI…to have their lawsuit for the contractor’s role in their torture dismissed…U.S. military investigators determined that in 2004 CACI’s employees participated in “sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses” of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. The district court’s 2013 dismissal of the case was overturned in June by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which held that torture survivors could sue a U.S. corporation involved in torture and other war crimes in U.S. courts under the Alien Tort Statute...CACI now argues that the question of whether it can be held accountable for its established role in the torture is a “political question” unreviewable by the courts…