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