JUDGE: IRAQIS SUFFICIENTLY ALLEGE TORTURE BY MILITARY CONTRACTOR AND MAY PROCEED WITH LAWSUIT | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


JUDGE: IRAQIS SUFFICIENTLY ALLEGE TORTURE BY MILITARY CONTRACTOR AND MAY PROCEED WITH LAWSUIT

A federal judge refused to dismiss a lawsuit brought against CACI Premier Technology for its alleged involvement in Iraqi torture at the Abu Ghraib prison.

“CACI personnel substantially aided the military personnel responsible for directly carrying out the abuses, including directing them on how to set the conditions of confinement, ordering them to employ various abusive tactics, and helping them conceal the abuses,” Judge Leonie Brinkema stated [PDF].

“Moreover, upper-level management at CACI substantially aided these continued abuses by refusing to inform the military of reports that CACI and military personnel were abusing detainees and by continuing to employ—and even promote—interrogators engaging in the abuses.”

“Plaintiffs have plausibly alleged that CACI’s and its employees’ actions to aid the abuses were undertaken with the necessary purpose of facilitating the abusive conduct because the goal of the abusive regime was to ‘soften up’ the detainees to convince them to cooperate with CACI’s interrogators,” Brinkema additionally contended.

Brinkema declared, “It is clear that the abuse suffered by plaintiffs was intended to inflict severe pain or suffering and rises to the level of torture.”

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