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Bad news, and possibly good news

The (latest) bad news comes from this Washington Post article, describing how US interrogators at Guantanamo Bay were given access to the medical records of the prisoners there - in clear breach of ethical standards. Frankly, I don't want to dwell on this - anyone with any knowledge of medical ethics knows how bad a stunt like this is - but it does go to further the case that the current administration has decided that Gitmo is a "no-rules" zone, where they can do any damn thing they want to anyone they claim is a member of al-Qaeda or the Taleban.

The (possibly) good news is that, according to the BBC (and others), the two DoD contractors most intimately involved in the Abu Ghraib fiasco, Titan and CACI, have been sued in San Diego for violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. According to one of the lawyers, "We believe that CACI and Titan engaged in a conspiracy to torture and abuse detainees and did so to make more money." Assuming that this suit goes forward to discovery, we can expect a lot more information about what happened making its way into the press.

I would also expect to see shareholder lawsuits filed against the CACI board - as well as either the Titan board or against Lockheed Martin, which has agreed to buy Titan for $1.6 billion. The sale to Lockheed was approved by Titan shareholders on Monday. Lockheed can back out of the sale if the Justice Department doesn't clear Titan in a criminal bribery probe by June 25; I haven't found any information on whether this new lawsuit will affect the Lockheed purchase.