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Serious concern over census company link to Abu Ghraib abuse scandal - MacLochlainn

28 March, 2011 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Foreign Affairs and Trade, Pádraig MacLochlainn TD, has expressed serious concern after it emerged that a company awarded a six million euro contract to work on the production and compilation of the Irish Census 2011 was also contracted to conduct interrogation services in Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.

Deputy MacLochlainn said:

"The revelation that CACI-UK has been awarded a six million euro contract to work on the production and compilation of the 2011 census is deeply worrying. In 2004, three CACI-International employees who worked as interrogators at Abu Ghraib were named in a US military report into prisoner abuse in Iraq.

"The Central Statistics Office (CSO) needs to clarify why a company who provided interrogation staff to the notorious prison is now associated with this important national survey. The CSO also needs to address concerns that personal data collected by CACI may be accessible to the US government in accordance with the US Patriot Act.

Ireland is internationally respected for our work in the areas of human rights and peacekeeping. The fact that the CSO, which is answerable to the Department of the Taoiseach, would award a multi-million euro contract to a company involved in such activities is deeply damaging".


*Editors Note: The US Patriot Act removed restrictions on the United States Government to obtain and intercept data which is held by companies and individuals based in the United States. CACI-UK is a subsidiary of CACI International which is a US based company.

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