A U.S. firm cited in connection with the abuse of
inmates at Abu Gharib prison continues to operate in Iraq under a contract
with the U.S. military.
CACI International, with 9,400 employees, said it still works for the U.S. Army in Iraq on a range of intelligence and related
A company statement did not say where staffers were located, Middle East Newsline reported.
"CACI continues to provide professional interrogation and analyst
support services Ñ an intelligence information gathering function Ñ to the
U.S. Army in Iraq," the company said.
The company said staffers were not granted authority over U.S. military
personnel in Iraq. The statement said CACI personnel serving in Iraq have
been under the operational control and direction of U.S. military.
A U.S. Army report has raised the prospect that a CACI staffer allowed
or instructed soldiers to abuse inmates at Abu Gharib prison. The army said
it has employed 27 CACI interrogators translators and other staffers in
In response, CACI said its personnel in Iraq provided administrative
supervision, such as managing and monitoring payments, billeting, and leave
schedules. The company said control over the interrogation of inmates at Abu
Ghraib and elsewhere came under military authority.
"Interrogation operations at Abu Ghraib prison were, and remain, under
the operational control of the JIDC, a military unit under the command and
control of military personnel," the company said.
In May, Acting Army Secretary Les Brownlee told the Senate Armed
Services Committee that civilian interrogators and interpreters do not have
supervisory capabilities. Brownlee said the contractors work under the
supervision of military officers, an assertion disputed by a CACI employee
in an e-mail to the Washington Post in May.
CACI said its staffers continue to work at Abu Gharib. The company said
it has provided a range of staffers, including a "few senior intelligence
advisor positions in Iraq" in an effort that has enhanced military
effectiveness and enabled the deployment of troops for other missions.
"These advisors are located either at the army or joint task force
headquarters, not in the prisons where interrogations take place," the
company said. "While these advisors provide valuable insight and advice to
the military intelligence communities they serve, they do not issue orders
or exercise operational control of interrogation or other intelligence
gathering and assessment activities, as such control is vested solely in the
military chain of command."