[News] Torture Human Rights Resistance - CACI's counter-attack
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Tue May 17 08:36:30 EDT 2005
Small but spirited good first demo Monday at the St. Francis Hotel against
CACIs role in torture in Iraq. Congrats to the organizers. Henry, I
dont have Sarahs e-mail address, only Traceys, and Sarah told me Tracey
is in Thailand, so please forward this to Sarah; also send me her
e-address, and I hope she can send me some comprehensive documentation on
CACI per our discussion walking down Powell Street this afternoon.
When I arrived home there was a personal 2-page letter from the legal
counsel for CACI who had found Judith Sherrs article (in the Berkeley
Daily Planet) on the Berkeley Teach-in on Torture which mentions the CACI
campaign. He claims that they have been vindicated of any involvement in
torture. He admits that they have a contract with the U.S. Army for
information intelligence gathering services
which included a requirement
for qualified individuals to act as interrogators in Iraq. Mr. Jeffrey
Elefante, Vice President and Legal Council, then claims that the only
connection between CACI and Abu Ghraib abuses come from the Tagabu report
which mentions one employee who served as an interrogator, but that the
conclusions of the Tagabu report have not been confirmed. I have been
advised to avoid making damaging and false references about CACI in the
future. (Editorially: Id bet a few bucks that there are more connections
between CACI and torture than that).
It is clear that Mr. Elefante is blowing smoke when he says that the
conclusions of the Tagabu report have not been confirmed. He is
alluding, perhaps, to the Schlessinger and other white wash reports ordered
and controlled by the White House which, of course, never find any direct
culpability anywhere. I believe that General Tagabus report stands on its
own merits requiring no confirmation of its conclusions because his
investigation exposed systematic violations of law, military law, and human
rights, with advocacy within the chain of command (though I have myself
read only summaries of the report). Presumably CACI personnel, actively
involved in interrogation, are part of that chain of command unless they
are operating as a rogue force under no command at all, or an extra legal
force sustained only for purposes of plausible deniability. But I (we)
need to understand the interstices of this relationship better than I do at
this moment (as does anyone who intends to work on this campaign). The way
I view it, the more we can expose the privatization of these functions the
less impunity the Government (and CACI) will have.
It is imperative that those of us working in support of the CACI campaign
have access to comprehensive and easily verifiable documentation of what
these people do with a billion dollars in tax payer money. I made the
mistake of giving out my last leaflet today before reading it so I dont
know to what extent evidence is presented in the leaflet. Regardless, we
need ongoing research. There is no question that CACI is a corporation
receiving major public funding to sustain the U.S. sponsored illegal
occupation of Iraq and moreover in support of some of the more heinous
crimes against illegally confined persons--being committed in our names--to
try to intimidate the Iraqi people so they will stop resisting the foreign
occupiers, under the cover of the anti-terrorism campaign. I hope that Mr.
Elefante decides to come after us on the frivolous grounds of slander
etc. for if he does, we will get a chance for major discovery of their
role, and well hopefully be able to get everyone involved from Human
Rights First, to the ACLU to AI to CCR in looking at them. In the
meantime, we need more demonstrable facts right now that we can highlight
and focus upon.
Marc Sapir MD, MPH
U.S. firm defends work at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison
Mon May 2, 2005 03:58 PM ET
By Sue Pleming
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CACI International Inc., a U.S. contractor
implicated in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, defended itself on Monday over
a congressional report that criticized the government's handling of a
contract given to the firm to conduct interrogations at Iraqi prisons.
"The Army needs to improve its oversight of contractors performance to
ensure that the Army's interests are protected," said the report by the
Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, issued
CACI, based in Virginia, said the GAO report did not fully acknowledge the
impact of the wartime situation in Iraq.
"We regret that the GAO report fails to recognize the life-threatening
urgency of combat operations in Iraq," CACI's president Jack London said in
"The report just doesn't convey the wartime intensity and the immediate
sense of urgency that existed in-theater when these orders were put in
place in August 2003," London said. "CACI acted in complete good faith and
provided its best efforts in honoring the Army's urgent request for help."
The GAO found that the Army's own investigation into prisoner abuse at Abu
Ghraib pointed to lack of contractor surveillance as a "contributing factor
to the environment in which the prisoner abuse occurred."
"In buying interrogation and other services in Iraq, Interior and Army
officials abdicated their contracting responsibilities to a large degree,"
said the report.
The GAO report did not look specifically at prison abuse, but found
"multiple breakdowns" with contractors from CACI and said their work often
went far beyond initial contract terms.
The Army's report issued last August identified three CACI employees
alleged to have been involved in abuses of prisoners at Abu Ghraib,
including using dogs to scare prisoners.
CACI spokeswoman Jody Brown told Reuters all three CACI staff mentioned in
the Army report no longer worked for the company. She declined to provide
any details of their departure but said they had left "several months ago."
Brown said the company was still conducting its own investigation into Abu
Ghraib prison abuses.
Interrogators from San Diego-based Titan Corp. were also named in the
Army's Abu Ghraib report. Both CACI and Titan provided interrogation and
translation services to the military.
Several soldiers have been court-martialed for their roles in the prison
abuse scandal but none of the contractors are known to have been charged.
Army reservist Lynndie England, who was shown in photographs holding a
naked Iraqi on a leash at Abu Ghraib prison, pleaded guilty on Monday to
seven charges of abuse.
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