According to the lawsuit, one former inmate said he was forced to drink water until he vomited blood. Other allegations include rape, beatings, being slammed into a wall, and one man alleged he was subject to a mock execution at gunpoint. Many reportedly said they were forced to stand naked for long periods.
Yeah, that was Abu Ghraib. Remember the good old days of the Bush Administration?
Military contractor L-3 does, if only barely. As this Danger Room post reveals, L-3 contract employees were an active part of the highest-profile torture scandal in American history. Some of them were named in the eventual Pentagon report, right alongside the soldiers they worked with. But, while 11 soldiers were court-martialed (and we assume there were consequences for others), no civilian contractors were fired, fined, arrested, imprisoned or otherwise punished.
Nor have they yet. But, in rather than continue defending itself against continuing legal action by 71 former inmates of Abu Ghraib, L-3 has paid out $5.28 million.
It's not a lot of money, when you consider how much these guys earn. And a payment by the company is not a legal judgment -- much less a conviction of the criminals our government paid to torture people.
But it's something, and we're glad it is.