Unsavoury One-Up-Manship

This is what happens when it isn’t good enough just to be a simple war profiteer – one becomes a torture profiteer. As my daughter Rachel used to say as a young teenager, “Barf me right out the door.”

CACI: Torture in Iraq, Intimidation at Home
By Joshua Holland, AlterNet. Posted November 21, 2006.

Dogged by serious allegations of human rights abuses in Iraq, a leading profiteer from the Iraq war engages in intimidation campaigns against journalists in America who seek to expose its practices.

Consider the unique problems faced by the corporate suits at CACI International, a defense contractor whose services have included “coercive” interrogations of prisoners in Iraq — interrogations most people simply call “torture.”

Think about the image problems a major multinational corporation faces after becoming inextricably linked with the abuses at Abu Ghraib, a firm whose employees have contributed to the iconic images of the occupation of Iraq — the symbols of American cruelty and immorality in an illegal war. What can a company like that possibly do to protect its brand name after contributing to the greatest national disgrace since the My Lai massacre?

CACI’s strategy has been two-fold: its flacks have distorted well-documented facts in the public record beyond recognition, and its senior management has lawyered up, suing or threatening to sue just about every journalist, muckraker and government watchdog who’s dared to shine a light on the firm’s unique role as a torture profiteer.

Read it here.

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