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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:00 PM
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Richard L. Armitage former director of CACI guits to join Bush team
Civilian accused of killing doing fine job

MICHAEL SETTLE, Chief Political Correspondent May 06 2004

Executives from Virginia-based CACI International complained that they had still not been informed by their client, the US defence department, that their employee, working for the CIA as an interrogator, was involved in the abuse of inmates at Abu Ghraib jail near Baghdad.
Jack London, CACI president, said: "The fact remains we are simply not able to confirm in any fashion any CACI employee was involved in the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison."
Ken Johnson, the company's president of US operations, added: "The employee questioned is still on the site and still performing the duties there and, by all accounts from our understanding, is doing a damn fine job."
It has been suggested the CIA contractor could escape any prosecution because US Army jurisdiction does not extend to American private contractors in Iraq.

Contractors act as interrogators

Control: The Pentagon's hiring of civilians to question prisoners raises accountability issues.

Founded in 1962 as a small consulting firm, CACI now has more than $1 billion in annual revenue. It specializes in information technology but also has branched into every corner of the Defense Department to become "essentially an odd-jobs provider for the federal government," according to Tim Quillin, an analyst for the investment banking firm Stephens Inc.

More than 90 percent of CACI's business comes from its main customer - the Pentagon - and other federal agencies, according to reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Among the company's former directors is Richard L. Armitage, who resigned in 2001 to accept an appointment from President Bush as deputy secretary of state. ...

But these soldiers arent simply mavericks. Some accused claim they acted on the orders of military intelligence and the CIA, and that some of the torture sessions were under the control of mercenaries hired by the US to conduct interrogations. Two civilian contract organisations taking part in interrogations at Abu Ghraib are linked to the Bush administration.
California-based Titan Corporation says it is a leading provider of solutions and services for national security. Between 2003-04, it gave nearly $40,000 to George W Bushs Republican Party. Titan supplied translators to the military.
CACI International Inc. describes its aim as helping Americas intelligence community in the war on terrorism. Richard Armitage, the current deputy US secretary of state, sat on CACIs board.
No civilians, however, are facing charges as military law does not apply to them. Colonel Jill Morgenthaler, from CentCom, said that one civilian contractor was accused along with six soldiers of mistreating prisoners. However, it was left to the contractor to deal with him. One civilian interrogator told army investigators that he had unintentionally broken several tables during interrogations as he was trying to fear-up detainees.
Lawyers for some accused say their clients are scapegoats for a rogue prison system, which allowed mercenaries to give orders to serving soldiers. A military report said private contractors were at times supervising the interrogations.
Kimmitt said: I hope the investigation is including not only the people who committed the crimes, but some of the people who might have encouraged the crimes as well because they certainly share some responsibility.
Last night, CACI vice-president Jody Brown said: The company supports the Armys investigation and acknowledges that CACI personnel in Iraq volunteered to be interviewed by army officials in connection with the investigation. The company has received no indication that any CACI employee was involved in any alleged improper conduct with Iraqi prisoners. Nonetheless, CACI has initiated an independent investigation.
However, military investigators said: A CACI investigators contract was terminated because he allowed and/or instructed military police officers who were not trained in interrogation techniques to facilitate interrogations which were neither authorised nor in accordance with regulations. ...

CACI is among an elite group of Washington area companies that do classified work for the federal government. The company, formed in the 1960s, first caught the government's eye with a computer language it developed that could be used to build battlefield simulation programs.
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Bandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:03 PM
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1. He was also the one who defended America's role in the Haiti Coup
What a creep. this whole Administration is filled with the worst Human beings on the planet, IMHO
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mouse7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:05 PM
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2. Is Armitage the only viper from Iran-Contra at CACI or...
...were there others in that crew that was there with Armitage?

I'm trying to keep the scorecard straight as to where these people were in the years between Bushes.
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:09 PM
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3. Law enforcement professionals cannot be prevented from making arrests
do to the interference of "national security" any longer, these criminals must be prosecuted.

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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:13 PM
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4. My two pennies on Armitage
- Richard Armitage, Deputy Secretary of State is president and partner of Armitage Assoc. LLP, was a Boeing consultant, a Raytheon consultant and an advisory board member. Armitage was also President Bush's special emissary to Jordan's King Hussein during the 1991 Gulf War. Armitage has also worked in the past for Halliburton.

From March 1992 until 1993, Armitage as ambassador, funneled U.S. dollars into the new independent states of the former Soviet Union. In January 1992, the Bush Administration's desire to cozy up to the NIS (and their oil) resulted in Armitage's appointment as Coordinator for Emergency Humanitarian Assistance.

During this time Armitage took on the other international patronage projects that normally follow war, accommodating the assuagement of the European Community, Japan and other donor countries.

Armitage owns Electronic Data Systems stock worth $250,001 to $500,000 (EDS is the 49th largest defense contractor, and lobbies the Defense Dept. over various appropriations issues), General Electric stock worth $500,001 to $1 million, Merck & Co. stock worth $100,001 to $250,000 (Merck lobbied the Defense Dept. over the Biological Weapons Convention implementation protocol), and Verizon Communications stock worth $250,001 to $500,000.

Armitage also worked as a consultant to Halliburton. Armitage is a former co-chairman of the U.S.-Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce. He was instrumental in the reconstruction of the emerging economies of the former Soviet republics, after the fall of the Communist empire; along with Condi Rice, who rode herd on the Bush cabal's bid for U.S. control of the Caspian oil.

Me Book
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mouse7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:18 PM
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5. EDS?
That's Ross Perot's company. That's interesting.
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:20 PM
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6. I knew EDS sounded familiar
AccuPoll has teamed with Electronic Data Systems to jointly bid on voting system opportunities. EDS is a leading global information technology services company for over 40 years, and one of the leading systems integration companies in the world, with over 140,000 employees and annual revenues in excess of $21 Billion. EDS will provide deployment, training, and customer support services to state and local governments. Management believes that EDS currently has relationships with, or does business with, more than seventy percent of every federal, state and local government in the United States.

we're going in circles
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 12:33 PM
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7. On 9-6-2000 Nothrup Grumman Corp. acquired the government IT
Edited on Thu May-06-04 12:35 PM by bobthedrummer
market through Federal Data Corp/FDC whose customer base included NIH, NASA and FAA. FDC was folded into Northrup Grumman's Logicon, Inc. whose expertise is in command, control and communications; intelligence;weapons systems; training and simulation.

The Carlyle Group had bought FDC in 1995, The Carlyle Group assisted in this transaction too which was announced on 9-11-2000!
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seemslikeadream Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-04 01:22 PM
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When people ask, "What happened to the North American Indians in the 1880s?", you can pretty much point to the robber barons of the time who needed to make a fortune in oil, gold and other precious metals. Simple greed in the hands of a powerful few who manipulated the media and politicians. When people ask, "What happened to the Indian movement of the sixties and seventies?", you can pretty much point to the same motives a hundred years later, with uranium added to the list in very big print.
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Indian legislation on the desk of a do-right Congressman
Now, he don't know much about the issue
so he picks up the phone and he asks advice from the
Senator out in Indian country
A darling of the energy companies who are
ripping off whats left of the reservations. Huh.

I learned a safety rule
I dont know who to thank
Don't stand between the reservation and the
corporate bank
They send in federal tanks
It isnt nice but its reality

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Deep in the Earth
Cover me with pretty lies
bury my heart at Wounded Knee. Huh.

They got these energy companies that want the land
and theyve got churches by the dozen who want to
guide our hands
and sign Mother Earth over to pollution, war and
Get rich... get rich quick.


3. We got the federal marshals
We got the covert spies
We got the liars by the fire
We got the FBIs
They lie in court and get nailed
and still Peltier goes off to jail


My girlfriend Annie Mae talked about uranium
Her head was filled with bullets and her body dumped
The FBI cut off her hands and told us shed died of
Loo loo loo loo loo


We had the Goldrush Wars
Aw, didnt we learn to crawl and still our history gets
written in a liars scrawl
They tell ya Honey, you can still be an Indian
d-d-down at the Y
on Saturday nights

Bury my heart at Wounded Knee
Deep in the Earth
Cover me with pretty lies
Bury my heart at Wounded Knee. Huh!
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