US appeals court dismisses lawsuit against contractors CACI & Titan over Abu Ghraib abuses

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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 interrogators at Abu Ghraib, and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc's Titan unit, which provided interpreters to the U.S. military... Judge Merrick Garland dissented. "No act of Congress and no judicial precedent bars the plaintiffs from suing the private contractors..." he said.

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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....
[Dissenting opinion:] No act of Congress and no judicial precedent bars the plaintiffs from suing the private contractors -- who were neither soldiers nor civilian government employees.

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1 September 2001

full report: Timber Trafficking: Illegal Logging in Indonesia, South East Asia and International Consumption of Illegally Sourced Timber

Author: Environmental Investigation Agency and Telapak Indonesia

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