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Questions for the Scottish Government

Registrar General Duncan Macniven has replied to SACC’s letter asking him to stop misrepresenting the facts about CACI’s human rights record. He has still not addressed the issues and  is plainly not going to set the facts before the public in a fair way.

Census Controversies - The Big Issue

Census Controversies Special Intelligence Operations The Big Issue Scotland, March 21-27 2011, No. 828 A Hand Up not a Handout – Please buy a Big Issue from a vendor Protesters are up in arms as US defence contractors are awarded lucrative census contracts by the Scottish and UK governments. Adam Forrest reports.

Anas Sarwar MP (Glasgow Central) says he is “sceptical” about the Scottish Government’s position over the census.

Scotland’s Registrar General Duncan Macniven persists in complaining that the arguments against CACI’s involvement in the census are founded on “allegations” that he describes as “unproven” and “unfounded.” He is is misrepresenting the argument. Scotland Against Criminalising Communities (SACC) has made it clear since 2008 that our primary concern is the undisputed presence of CACI interrogators at Abu Ghraib in 2003-2004. Long-term detention without charge or trial, sleep deprivation, sensory deprivation and intimidation by dogs were officially-sanctioned elements of the Abu Ghraib regime of which CACI International was a part. These practices are human rights violations. CACI International’s involvement in them is a matter of record, not an allegation.

The excerpt below is taken from the amended complaint in the case Al Shimari v. CACI, filed in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in September 2008. The lawsuit has been brought by four Iraqi torture victims against private US-based contractor CACI International Inc., and CACI Premier Technology, Inc. It asserts that CACI participated directly and through a conspiracy in torture and other illegal conduct while it was providing interrogation services at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

CACI has a long history of trying to silence media coverage of its activity. TAKE ACTION to spread the word CACI International has done everything in its power to minimise public awareness of its role at Abu Ghraib. One of the lawsuits against CACI alleges that “CACI has been an ongoing part of this conspiratorial campaign to prevent the truth about the torture, and CACI’s participation, from ever being known to the public” and that “CACI embarked upon a campaign of intimidation to suppress any coverage or investigation of their role in the conspiracy.“

Have you got your census form? Have you seen anyone delivering them in your area?

Delivery of census forms has begun

The delivery of census forms began on Monday (7 March). Most of the people receiving them – and perhaps most of the people delivering them – won’t know that the forms are the work of a company that interrogated prisoners at Abu Ghraib in Iraq. So please download our flyer from http://bit.ly/cenflyer (it’s a pdf document – you’ll need Adobe Reader installed on your computer to view it) , print a few copies, and distribute them in your neighbourhood.

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