Abu Ghraib mercenaries CACI lose defamation suit

This video from the USA is called CACI made $$ torturing at Abu Ghraib then covered it up.

From NBC in the USA:

Abu Ghraib Contractor Loses Defamation Suit

POSTED: 6:19 pm EDT August 5, 2008

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court said a radio talk show host’s criticism of a U.S. government contractor at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq was protected by the First Amendment.

A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday unanimously rejected CACI International‘s defamation lawsuit against the talk radio network Air America and one of its hosts, Randi Rhodes.

CACI sued for $11 million after Rhodes accused company employees of raping and murdering Iraqi civilians at Abu Ghraib. A federal judge in Alexandria dismissed the lawsuit.

The appeals court upheld that decision, saying CACI failed to prove the statements were made with actual malice or reckless disregard for the truth.

Ron Suskind: The Forged Iraqi Letter [on a supposed Iraq-9/11 link] : What Just Happened? See also here. And here.

16 thoughts on “Abu Ghraib mercenaries CACI lose defamation suit

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  2. August 12, 2008

    Abu Ghraib torture lawsuit moved to Virginia

    A federal lawsuit filed in Seattle against a Renton man accused of torture while an interrogator at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has been transferred to the U.S. District Court in Eastern Virginia.

    By Mike Carter

    Seattle Times staff reporter

    A federal lawsuit filed in Seattle against a Renton man accused of torture while he was an interrogator at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has been transferred to the U.S. District Court in Eastern Virginia.

    U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez granted an unopposed motion by Daniel “DJ” Johnson of Renton and other defendants in the lawsuit to consolidate three such lawsuits in Alexandria, Va., near the headquarters of one of the chief defendants, CACI International. CACI employed Johnson and Timothy Dugan of Pataskala, Ohio, as interrogators, and L-3 Communications, which employed the third individual, Adel Nakhla.

    Three separate lawsuits were filed last month in Seattle, Greenbelt, Md., and Columbus, Ohio alleging the men were involved in the torture of detainees at the Baghdad prison in 2003 and 2004 and that their companies conspired to cover up the acts.

    The Seattle lawsuit was filed by Sa’adoon Ali Hameed Al-Ogaidi, a 36-year-old Arabic teacher and Baghdad shopkeeper who said he was taken from his home in late 2003 and held as a “ghost detainee” at the prison. He suffered torture for more than a year before his release, according to the lawsuit.

    While Al-Ogaidi did not know the names of his tormentors, the lawsuit alleges, “facts known to date” indicate that Johnson and other defendants “conspired with certain military personnel to torture prisons kept at the Abu Ghraib hard site.”

    Johnson had not commented on the lawsuit. His lawyer, Patrick O’Donnell said he was a 21-year-old fresh out of the Army who went to Iraq to further serve his country, “which he did honorably.”

    Al-Ogaidi’s attorney, Gilbert Levy of Seattle, did not immediately return a call for comment.

    Mike Carter: 206-464-3706 or mcarter@seattletimes.com

    Copyright © 2008 The Seattle Times Company


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