US blog on Abu Ghraib torture profiteer CACI

This is a video about Abu Ghraib, Iraq, torture.

It says about itself:

Shocking Stories of Abu Ghraib Prisoners

Lifting the Hood: Full disclosure on the appalling Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq November 2005

As the ‘hooded man’ in the infamous Abu Ghraib pictures, Haj Ali became an icon of everything that was wrong with the US occupation. He tells his story and we hear from other prisoners “They stretched my hands in this position and attached the wires to them”, states Haj Ali. “It felt like my eyes were popping out. I couldn’t stand it.” He spent three months being physically and psychologically tortured at Abu Ghraib. Interrogators wanted him to use his knowledge as a community leader to inform on other people. “They said ‘give us the name of anyone you hate and we’ll see it as co-operation and help you.'” In a nearby cell, army general Abu Maan was also being interrogated. “They stripped me and took photos of me in degrading positions”, he recalls. Both men are angry that only junior officers have been disciplined for the abuse that went on at Abu Ghraib.

Ilham al-Jumaili’s husband Munadel was tortured to death there. It’s his corpse that Sabrina Harman was photographed gloating over. “We didn’t expect America to take Munadel and never return him”, she laments. The victims of Abu Ghraib remain haunted by their experiences. In the words of Haj Ali “Only one thing has changed. The cameras have now disappeared The abuse still continues.”

From Peek blog in the USA:

I’ve been following the exploits of the “torture profiteer” CACI Internationalthe firm‘s employees were named in two government reports on the abuses at Abu Ghraib — for some time now (see here for background).

The company has an infamously aggressive attorney, and its management has decided that the best way to keep their brand from being further tainted by one of the worst military scandals in U.S. history is to try to shut up the media with threatening letters and, if need be, lawsuits — a counterproductive strategy if ever there was one (Dear CACI: Get a clue — I wouldn’t be writing this post if you’d simply owned up to your role in the abuses and pledged to exercise greater oversight of your employees and agents instead of trying to intimidate people who report on your exploits).

Iraq War Profiteers: 25 Companies Who Benefit From The War: here.

9 thoughts on “US blog on Abu Ghraib torture profiteer CACI

  1. Wednesday, April 27 2005

    Ali al-Shalal is a name you’ve never heard. But you know him: He’s the man wearing the black hood and gown, standing on a box, with wires attached to his outstreched arms.

    And for the record, the wires were live. Now, he’s working for justice, and the rights of other Iraqi prisoners of the U.S. military.

    Abu Ghraib prisoner seeks justice one year after scandal

    BAGHDAD – Ali al-Shalal, nicknamed “clawman” by his US guards, said they attached electrodes to his body and tortured him at the height of the abuse scandal at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.

    And he describes going through the same agony as a man in an infamous photo of a black-hooded prisoner, dressed like the grim reaper, humiliated and standing on a crate, with wires running from his body that captured the spirit of sadism in the US-run detention centre.

    A year after the revelations of rampant sexual and physical abuse leaked to the media, the 42-year-old Shalal has rebuilt his life, fighting for those abused in Iraq’s US-run prisons.

    But he is haunted by his own memories from the autumn of 2003 in the notorious prison on Baghdad’s western outskirts.

    “I consider speaking out part of a peaceful jihad (holy war),” says Shalal, a big man, with a touch of grey to his hair.

    After CBS News aired photos of US prison guards forcing detainees into degrading sexual positions on April 28, 2004, a torrent of pictures, snapped by the guards, were shown around the world.

    They included naked men in a pyramid, forced to simulate oral sex, another detainee pulled on a leash, another snarled at by ferocious guard dogs.

    Shalal responded to his ordeal by forming a prisoners’ rights group and joining a class action law suit in the United States against translation firms CACI International and Titan Corp, whose representatives were allegedly involved in the notorious actions at the prison facility, once dreaded as the main execution ground of Saddam Hussein’s regime.


  2. Nov 3, 2007 3:00 AM (3 days ago) by Joe Rogalsky, The Examiner

    Washington DC (Map, News) – A Washington lobbying shop filed a $1 million defamation suit Friday against the Democratic Party of Virginia and a legislative candidate over an ad that links the firm to the abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

    The Livingston Group, founded by former U.S. Rep. Bob Livingston, is asking a Fairfax County court to rule on the accuracy of a mail ad that Democrat Rex Simmons used to attack Del. Tim Hugo, R-Herndon. Hugo is a part-time lobbyist with the firm. The Democratic Party of Virginia paid for the ad, but Simmons’ campaign approved it.

    The ad in question said, “Tim Hugo’s lobbying firm represents the ones who were responsible for torture abuses at Abu Ghraib.”

    The Livingston Group said it formally represented CACI International, which provided civilian interrogators to assist military personnel at the notorious Iraqi prison. The firm said CACI hired Livingston to lobby Congress on a different issue and has not been a client since 2004, a year before Hugo joined the lobbying shop.

    Full story at


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