7,445. 9/11/2009

“…in September [11] 2009, the D.C. Court of Appeals dismissed a five year old civil suit against two American military contractors, CACI International and L-3 Communications Holdings’ Titan unit. Both companies were being sued by Iraqi victims of torture for mistreatment and torture committed at Abu Ghraib; however, the Court dismissed the claim saying that the companies had immunity as government contractors. The opinion went on to say that even if the companies did not have immunity as government contractors, the case would still have been dismissed because the conduct alleged, which included eye gouging, spearing, roping naked prisoners together by their genitals, beatings with an electric stick, sodomy, and urinating on prisoners, was not sufficient to meet the standard of torture.”

 – M. Cherif Bassiouni, The Institutionalization of Torture by the Bush Administration, Page 216

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