The awarding of government/state contracts is not always a clear cut business. Firms who have failed in the past are often awarded new contracts in a different department. Whilst the selection criteria cannot be too precise, you could at least assume that a firm engaged in institutionalised torture would not be awarded any more government/state contracts. You’d be wrong, thanks to the SNP:
“A FIRMâ€‚ACCUSED ofâ€‚torturing Iraqi prisoners at the infamous Abu Ghraib jail in Baghdad has beenâ€‚hiredâ€‚by the Scottish government to carry out the nation’s next census. Granting CACI (UK) – a subsidiary of the firm accused of torture – the Â£18.5 million contract has not only badly wounded the SNP government’s claims of being more ethical than Labour and putting human rights at the top of its agenda, but has also led to fears personal data on millions of Scots collected by the company might be sifted by the US government given the close relationship between the Bush administration and the CACI head office in Arlington, Virginia.
CACI’s parent company in the US was one of two private US contractors hit with lawsuits from four Iraqis at the end of last month, over allegations they were tortured in Abu Ghraib. Abu Ghraib became notorious in late 2003 when pictures of the horrific torture and degradation of Iraqi detainees were shown around the world. In the prison, US civilian staff working for private American security companies, which specialised in carrying out interrogation work for the US military, were heavily implicated in human rights abuses against detainees.”
It makes you wonder what crimes the firms that didn’t get the contract committed.
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