Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Detainees Lose Bid to Sue Abu Ghraib Contractors

(CN) - Defense contractors will not face claims that they conspired with the government to cover up their abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib, the 4th Circuit ruled.
     Federal law pre-empts the lawsuits against CACI International, which conducted interrogations at Abu Ghraib, and L-3 Communications Holdings, which provided translators to the U.S. military for questioning detainees throughout Iraq, according to decisions that call for the dismissal of two separate lawsuits.
     "Where a civilian contractor is integrated into combat activities over which the military retains command authority, a tort claim arising out of the contractor's engagement in such activities is preempted," Judge Paul Niemeyer wrote for the majority in cases.

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