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Abu Ghraib contractor sees profits soar despite torture probe

by C.P. Pandya

Aug. 19, 2004 – Virginia-based homeland security services contractor CACI International, whose private interrogators have been linked to torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, said its bottom line increased 42 percent over the last year. From June 2003 to June 2004, which marks CACI's fiscal year, net income rose to $63.7 million.

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During April, May and June of 2004 -- the months after allegations of CACI's involvement in the Abu Ghraib torture scheme -- CACI's profits soared 56 percent to just over $20 million. In April, an internal Army report said a CACI interrogator instructed soldiers working at Abu Ghraib to set conditions for interrogations and said he "clearly knew his instructions equated to physical abuse."

CACI has provided the US Army with over three dozen interrogators in Iraq since August 2003 as part of a $23 million technology contract awarded to the company. On August 12, CACI received a no-bid extension from the Army, worth up to another $23 million, to continue its work in Iraq. The Pentagon has opened an investigation into the torture scheme, but has so far declined to punish CACI for any potential involvement.

CACI, in an internal investigation, cleared its workers of any wrongdoing. The company is, nonetheless, the subject of at least two civil racketeering lawsuits related to charges of torture.

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