Torture mercenaries L3’s drone strikes

This video from the USA says about itself:

Outsourcing FOIA – Contracts Given To Firm Linked To Abu Ghraib Torture

Oct 16, 2012

The Matthew Filipowicz Show discusses Kade Crockford of the ACLU-MA‘s post on the fact that Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA requests are now being outsourced to private, for-profit companies, including CACI International, a firm linked to torture at Abu Ghraib.

This video says about itself:

Jan 10, 2013

Abby Martin calls out the corporate media for their obsession with supermodel Katherine Webb, and instead highlights a successful lawsuit against defense contractor L-3 Services for torture at Iraq’s infamous Abu Ghraib Prison.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Reprieve: Disgraced firm L3 supporting drone strikes

Thursday 10 January 2013

by Our Foreign Desk

The defence contractor forced to shell out more than £3 million to alleged torture victims is also a key player in illegal US drone strikes, legal charity Reprieve revealed today.

It emerged this week that Engility Corporation – a subsidiary of L3 Communications until last year – has paid out around $5m (£3.1m) to 71 people it held at Baghdad’s notorious Abu Ghraib jail.

And Reprieve said L3 is one of the main subcontractors involved in producing Predator drones, used by the CIA to kill “suspected militants” in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

The “targeted” strikes by unmanned aircraft have killed up to 3,457 people in Pakistan alone since 2004 and as many as 891 were civilians, according to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

The latest attack today killed five people in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region.

Security officials said that all the dead were militants, though their identities could not be immediately ascertained and such reports often turn out to be false.

The use of weaponised drones in non-war zones is widely considered to be illegal.

Reprieve director Clive Stafford Smith wrote to L3 in September, warning the company that it was complicit in the deaths and trauma caused by providing the satellite data links for Predators.

Reprieve’s Catherine Gilfedder said L3 was the “go-to company” for the US’s war on terror.

She said: “Far from being disgraced by allegations of horrific torture and abuse, L3 continues to provide support to the US drone programme, which terrorises hundreds of thousands of civilians around the world.”

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