Praise Decision Allowing Torture Victims to Sue Aggressors

Abu Ghraib

Target: Circuit Judge Barbara Milano Keenan

Goal: Support decision to allow lawsuit against the Abu Ghraib prison contractor

President Obama recently admitted that the United States wrongfully tortured members of Al-Qaeda after 9/11. While this is not exactly news for most of us, justice for those who suffered mistreatment in the wake of the attacks on September 11, 2001 has been woefully long in coming. Thankfully, a U.S. appeals court recently ruled that four Iraqis who were tortured in the infamous Abu Ghraib scandal could sue defense contractor CACI International, whose staff was allegedly responsible for their torture.

Who could forget the images from 2004 – U.S. guards and soldiers smiling over the forms of prisoners put into humiliating poses, made to endure sexual and physical abuse, and treated as subhuman, the worst parts censored for TV broadcasts. These horrors showed the U.S. public the dark side of the country’s “anti-terrorism” campaigns, actions justified in the name of defense and democracy.

Victims of the daily torture and mistreatment of Abu Ghraib have been trying to sue CACI International, formerly known as Blackwater, for years, but have not yet been allowed to bring the case to court. Although it was operating outside of the United States, the company must be held accountable for the atrocities that its employees committed, inflicting scars that still haven’t faded a decade later.

CACI International, its employees, and the U.S. military who more than likely authorized these heinous abuses should be brought to justice for their human rights’ violations, and compensation should be given to victims of the prison’s inhumane policies. Sign this petition to support the recent ruling that will allow four Iraqi torture victims to bring a lawsuit against CACI International and its staff.


Dear Judge Keenan,

The world is unlikely to forget the shocking photographs of sexual, physical, and psychological torture that detainees in Abu Ghraib were forced to endure in the name of anti-terrorism. These disturbing images unambiguously show that the employees at Abu Ghraib violated the rights of many Iraqis at the prison west of Baghdad. Thank you for allowing these victims of state-sanctioned torture to sue their aggressors in a U.S. court.

Everyone involved seems to place the blame on someone else, someone higher up, but no matter who gave the orders or who approved them, all are complicit in committing these atrocities. From CACI International, contractors for the military, to its staff, to the U.S. government, all must be held accountable for what happened at Abu Ghraib a decade ago.

Thank you for giving these four victims the opportunity to tell their story in a U.S. court of law and to, hopefully, finally receive the compensation and justice that they deserve.


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