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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 04:43 PM

 

Why does the US hire Private Corporations to torture for us? Isn't that against international law?

Why do these companies even exist, this is absurd!


The $5.28 million settlement — which was disclosed by the Securities and Exchange Commission in November but “which has gone essentially unnoticed,” according to the Associated Press — involves 71 former inmates of Abu Ghraib and other U.S.-run prisons, and private security firm L-3 Services Inc., a subsidiary of Engility Holdings of Chantilly, Virginia.
Until the settlement, the only response to torture and abuse at the Abu Ghraib prison was the military’s criminal convictions of 11 former soldiers. But L-3 Services allowed “scores of its employees to participate in torturing and abusing prisoners over an extended period of time,” the lawsuit stated. Not only that, but the company “willfully failed to report L-3 employees’ repeated assaults and other criminal conduct” to the United States and Iraq.

L-3 Services isn’t the military, however, but a private company that at the time had less oversight and was outside the regular chain of command, to some extent. That raises a thorny question over what extent the Pentagon has authority — or willingness — to prosecute their own contractors for the crimes they commit. An Army investigation into Abu Ghraib (.pdf) later found that 36 percent of the time that inmates were abused by guards, they were abused by contractors. The Pentagon also didn’t pull its contracts with L-3 after the abuses at Abu Ghraib came to light, and never prosecuted any contractor from any firm for the crimes. ”Soldiers get court martialed, but for the very same incident, the contractors named in the same reports face no individual punishment and their firm just throws high power lawyers at the problem until it decides to make it go away with a token payment?” e-mails Singer.

Contracting firm CACI International Inc. is the next firm expected to go on trial, likely during the summer of 2013. During the war, CACI provided interrogators to the military, who the same Army investigation later found “had little or not interrogator experience” and “little, if any, training on Geneva Conventions.”



http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2013/01/torture-settlement/

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libdem4life Jan 2013 #2
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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:05 PM

1. US is not party to ICC. Outsourcing torture gives plausible deniability? What a sick joke. nt

 

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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:05 PM

2. The dirty little secret called Privatization and the Military-Industrial Complex. See Dick Cheney.

Halliburton...the Industrial, for-profit part...it's the entire story in a nutshell...and yes, it's against international law. It's not political...it's raw power and greed. But not to worry. Since we sell to and train the globe in both weaponry and inhumane tactics...while racking in immense profits for the Cheney et al cabals...exactly who is going to stop us? Oh, and that they "coincidentally" fall into the hands of "rebels" that overthrow political leaders we happen not to like, along with pallets of cash, well, nothing is perfect. Anyway, they love us for our freedoms regardless, so there.

Sarcasm, a bit, but mostly sadness for our irresponsible role as Global Empire Jackals.

(Cheney and Kissinger and others are considered international war criminals and cannot travel to certain countries for fear of incarceration.)

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Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:31 PM

3. That pretty much nails it

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