Gee, reading Booman’s story and comments, my first thought was the SC ruling seemed logical. Desensitizing youths and adults can’t start soon enough at the earliest possible age. So why not expose children to the ways of the US Army and the enemies of the state … then I saw the secondary decision by the US highest court.
(Bloomberg) June 27, 2011 – The U.S. Supreme Court refused to revive a lawsuit that accused two military contractors of abusing inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, turning away an appeal by 26 onetime prisoners.
The inmates sought to sue CACI International Inc. (CACI), which helped interrogate prisoners at the facility, and Titan Corp., which provided translation services. Titan has since been renamed and is now part of L-3 Communications Holdings Inc. (LLL)
The inmates, who were civilian detainees, said they were subjected to abuses by CACI and Titan employees including beatings, sexual humiliation, exposure to extreme temperatures and rape. In court papers, the inmates said some prisoners were tortured into unconsciousness and several were murdered.
Two groups of inmates were seeking to sue under the 1789 U.S. Alien Tort Statute and District of Columbia law.
A federal appeals court in Washington rejected the suits on a 2-1 vote. The majority said that the Alien Tort Statute generally can’t be invoked against a private party and that contractors are shielded from suits under state law for wartime activities that are closely supervised by the military.
- DailySkew: Supreme Court Ruling on Video Games and Abu Ghraib
- Albert Bandura, Social Learning and his Bobo Doll experiment