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Thursday, June 3, 2004
 

CACI Responds to INTELWIRE Story on Sale of White House Ethics Videos

By J.M. Berger

INTELWIRE.com






INTELWIRE has received the following letter from CACI International, which it is reprinting here in its entirety, in the interest of giving the company full opportunity to comment on the story Contractor Named In Iraq Torture Report Also Sells Ethics Videos To White House.



Prior to publication of that story, INTELWIRE solicited comment from Darrell Heasley and Mark Hemsworth, employees of CACI Media Services, the division which produces the ethics video. Neither person responded to INTELWIRE's emails.



The email that follows was sent by James Horton of Robert Marston and Associates, a PR firm. The first section is a cover letter from Mr. Horton:

Greetings from CACI:



The attached document about the company and its employees is in response to recent articles appearing in the media concerning the company's work in Iraq. The information presented reflects the company's understanding of certain facts about the situation as of this date.



If you remain interested in the facts about CACI, we request you read the attachment and consult the company's on-line Frequently Asked Questions at www.caci.com to get updated information about CACI.



Thank you for your interest.



CACI Public Information Office


The attached document cited in Mr. Horton's e-mail is below. INTELWIRE stands by its story. INTELWIRE further notes that the document below takes issue with the military's own report on CACI's interrogators and not INTELWIRE's characterization of that report, or the undisputed facts reported by INTELWIRE, including that CACI is named in the report and that CACI sells ethics training videos to the White House.





RE: Company Named in Iraq Prison Torture Report Also Sells Ethics Training Videos To White House



Intelwire – 5-6-04

J. M. Berger jmb@interlwire.com



First of all, the company is saddened and disturbed over the photographs that appeared in the media concerning abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. The company was also saddened by the tragic pictures of people jumping out of the windows of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. And the company was further saddened by the horrible pictures of American contractors' charred and mutilated bodies hung from the bridge girders in Fallujah. All these photographs and images, sadly, are part of the war on terrorism.



Secondly, there are some aspects of your article for which we would like to provide additional factual information. We believe the following information adds our perspective to CACI's work in Iraq.



CACI is aware of multiple investigations underway but knows at this time of allegations only against one employee as set forth in the illegally released (leaked) classified (SECRET/NO-FOREIGN] Taguba report (one report in a number of reports conducted as part of an ongoing investigation that has not been concluded), which has not been publicly confirmed.



The military did not have available interrogators needed to gather and analyze field source intelligence data and information in Iraq. CACI provides IT solutions and technology services to the U.S. Intelligence community. CACI interrogation services business is an extension of CACI's tactical intelligence and field services line of business for information collection, data analysis and decision support. CACI performs these contract services because of its commitment to its U.S. Army clients at war in the mid-East.



These private sector positions exist because the military downsized as part of a cutback plan in the early 1990's aimed at reducing Pentagon personnel. The system of private contracting was set up to save taxpayer money by using contractors on an "as needed" basis rather than maintaining military salaries year round, year after year. When services are no longer required contractor work can be cut back quickly.



CACI's interrogators are qualified as required by a Statement of Work. The U.S. military's Statement of Work provides specific criteria for interrogators. CACI employees are monitored and are under direct supervision of the U.S. Army. This was exactly as set forth in CACI services contract to the Army, and CACI has carried it out faithfully.



CACI interrogators were pre-qualified by CACI management both here in the United States and on the ground in Iraq. At all times the U.S. government has had and continues to have oversight of CACI's employees reporting for work.



The Statement of Work requires individuals with information-gathering and analysis experience at the tactical and operational levels and such people need to possess at a minimum a Department of Defense Secret-level security clearance, which requires U.S. government background checks on the individuals. The Statement of Work further specifies that the U.S. military will provide readiness training and briefings on rules of engagement and general orders applicable to U.S. armed forces, DoD civilians and U.S. contractors. This includes abiding by the Geneva Conventions.



CACI employees are monitored and are under direct supervision of the US Army. This was exactly as set forth in CACI services contract to the Army, and CACI has carried it out faithfully. All CACI employees work under the monitoring and supervision of the U.S. military chain of command in Iraq. CACI personnel have no management, supervisory or command authority whatsoever over any non-CACI personnel.



CACI has supported the U.S. Army's investigation since it began several months ago at which time CACI personnel in Iraq volunteered to be interviewed by Army officials in connection with that investigation.



CACI will continue to cooperate with all U.S. Government investigations when requested and is now conducting its own internal investigation and analysis of events. CACI has retained outside counsel to investigate any pending actions against any CACI employee's performance relating to prisoner abuse matters. The company does not condone, tolerate or in any way endorse illegal behavior or inappropriate behavior on the part of any employee in any circumstance, at any time, anywhere.



In the unfortunate event that any CACI employee acted improperly or illegally, CACI will take immediate and appropriate action. None of CACI's employees have been charged with any wrongdoing at this time. It is important that the facts be determined and that unsubstantiated allegations not be permitted to unfairly condemn anyone



CACI continues to support the U.S. Army's mission in Iraq and around the world. CACI employees have received favorable reviews by the U.S. military contract authority. CACI is proud of the work and products provided for its clients worldwide.



We hope you will find this factual information helpful in creating a full and accurate picture of CACI as it relates to both your article and other statements appearing in the media.


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