USA: Lawsuit against CACI by Iraqi torture victims can proceed; suit against Titan dismissed

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13 November 2007

Federal Judge Lets Abu Ghraib Suit Against Government Contractor Go Forward

Author: R. Robin McDonald, Fulton County Daily Report [USA]

A federal judge…is allowing a suit…to go forward against a government contractor that supplied interrogators at Iraq's notorious Abu Ghraib prison. The Nov. 6 decision...places CACI International...in the legal hot seat with regard to the torture of Abu Ghraib detainees. But in the same order, Robertson extended civil immunity to co-defendant Titan Corp. (now L-3 Communications Corp.), saying that Titan's civilian linguists were directly attached to military units in combat operations and "under the exclusive direction and control" of the U.S. military. [also refers to Blackwater]

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6 November 2007

US judge: contractor can face Iraqi torture suit

Author: Reuters

The lawsuit was filed in 2004 on behalf of Iraqi nationals who say they or their relatives had been tortured or mistreated while detained by the U.S. military at Abu Ghraib and other prisons in Iraq. The plaintiffs sued CACI International...which provided interrogators at Abu Ghraib, and L-3 Communications Holdings Inc.'s Titan unit [now L-3 Titan]...which provided interpreters to the U.S. military in Iraq. U.S. District Judge James Robertson dismissed the claims against Titan...But he ruled the lawsuit against CACI can go forward. He said CACI interrogators were subject to a dual chain of command involving company and military officials...CACI argued that it was acting on behalf of the military and cannot be held liable. CACI still may prevail on its arguments at trial, the judge said.

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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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