In America, when does the pursuit of justice cross the line? How about when it awards legal fees to companies that illegally tortured victims. And who are they making pay for the privilege to be abused? The surviving prisoners.
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered four Iraqis who were imprisoned at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison to pay nearly $14,000 in legal fees to defense contractor CACI, an Arlington, Va.-based company that supplied interrogators to the U.S. government during the Iraq War.
Foreign nationals, captured and shipped to ABU GHRAIB were held and tortured by the Bush regime. To allow for deniability for possible accusations of war crimes, they farmed out the actual torture to sub-contractors, companies like CACI, an Arlington, Va.-based company that supplied interrogators to the U.S. government during the Iraq War.
In the unlikely case the accused (never provided with a lawyer or a hearing/trial) enemy combatants survived, some chose to petition the US government, suing them for violations of the Geneva conference – international law. All cases were all summarily denied.
A little over a month after winning the dismissal this summer, CACI requested that the former prisoners be ordered to pay $15,580 to cover the company's legal expenses.
Lawyers for the Iraqis disputed that their clients should pay CACI's bills, partly because the Iraqis had "very limited financial means, even by non-U.S. standards, and dramatically so when compared" to CACI, according to a court filing. Moreover, they wrote, the initial claims against CACI, involving "serious claims of torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and war crimes were dismissed on very close, difficult -- and only recently arguable -- grounds."
CACI claims non of it’s employees participated in torture. If that’s true, why were they hired? What did they provide as services that the assigned US troops couldn't have legally done? And why did the courts refuse to hear these cases, to at least give the illusion of fairness to the process.
Watch this video and you’ll see just how corrupt this justice system is, both under Bush and under Obama.