: What inspired the writing of Our Good Name?
: The impetus for the book was to tell the world the CACI story … not through what the media presented was the story, but what the real facts were. When the story first came out, there were a lot of misunderstandings, exaggerations, and some things that were simply wrong that had come out in the press. Our intent was to set the record straight. This fully documented book does just that - for the people of CACI and the world at large.
Another important goal is to provide historians with a factual, well documented record of what happened at Abu Ghraib - getting truth out about our role with the Army at Abu Ghraib. Anybody can check the facts in the book, because they are drawn from public records.
: Does CACI feel vindicated by the facts of what really transpired?
: After thoroughly researching the facts and examining the official records and sworn testimony from official government investigations, we are pleased that none ever held CACI responsible for any type of significant responsibility for the abuses that occurred at Abu Ghraib.
: How did the company survive the news accounts and photos that appeared in the media?
: We've been in business for more than 46 years, working with agencies throughout the government and over the course of some nine different presidential administrations. We've built an excellent reputation for the quality of our service, our loyalty to our customers and doing a good job for them. Abu Ghraib was a serious threat to our reputation. But by persisting and coming forth with the facts and the truth, our reputation survived and is flourishing today. In fact, we're been recognized by some independent organizations for having some of the highest standards of ethics and integrity in our industry.
: Abu Ghraib was used by terrorists in Iraq as a recruiting tool. Did the media focus make the terrorism situation even worse?
: Yes, a chart in the book, provided by the U.S. government, shows an increase in the number of attacks by terrorists right after Abu Ghraib and an increase in terrorist recruiting. What was especially unfortunate was the exaggerations that were picked up and spread around the globe enhanced the recruiting.
: How experienced were the CACI employees helping the Army?
: The Army Inspector General concluded that all of CACI's people met the requirements of the contract - fully qualified, properly trained, and with a secret clearance or better.
: Many news reports indicated that providing interrogation help for the Army was a large part of CACI's business. Is this true?
: No. Far from being part of our core business, less than one percent of our revenue came from this work in Iraq.
: Have any CACI employees been indicted or found guilty of misconduct involving detainees at Abu Ghraib or elsewhere in Iraq?
: As of April 7, 2008 more than three years after the initial reports of abuse, no current or former CACI employee has been indicted by the United States for misconduct in the treatment of detainees in Iraq. To this day there is no evidence we are aware of that any CACI employee participated in the type of behavior seen in the horrifying photos that accompanied the first reports of abuse, and no CACI employee appears in any of those pictures. At the same time, we remain very disheartened that three individuals were mentioned in an August 2004 report by U.S. Army Maj. Gen. George R. Fay and Lt. Gen. Anthony R. Jones in connection with some other possible abuse. None of these individuals are now employed by CACI. Their relationship with CACI ended in 2004.
: What was CACI's response to initial reports about Abu Ghraib?
: From the first reports about prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib and for the entire time since CACI has made the truth its top priority. We have cooperated fully with every government investigation, civilian and military, and we made clear that we would not condone or tolerate illegal or inappropriate behavior by any employee when engaged in CACI business. We have communicated openly and fully with our employees, our shareholders and the public about our performance in Iraq. We've answered thousands of inquiries from the news media, responding by phone, email, letter and press release, and also created a special section on our corporate website to provide information. And, as necessary, we have endeavored to set the record straight whenever and wherever we have learned of misstatements about CACI or our employees.
CACI will continue to support its U.S. military customers with information technology services and solutions that are vital to the well being of both the American soldiers putting their lives on the line every day as well as to the freedom loving Iraqi people.
We are very disheartened that three of our employees are mentioned in possible connection with some alleged form of abuse and, if these acts occurred, the company does not condone them. We have stated before that none of our employees were involved in the horrendous types of abuse that have been pictured in the media. And no CACI employee has been indicted for any misconduct in connection with our work in Iraq.
With the August 25, 2004 release of the U.S. Army report by Maj. Gen. George R. Fay and Lt. Gen. Anthony R. Jones (the "Fay-Jones Report"), we stand by that statement. As stated in the subsequent CACI news release of August 26, 2004, we were not involved with horrendous abuses such as death or sexual assault at Abu Ghraib.
While these interrogator services were a small part of our overall business, they were crucial to our customer at war with a determined enemy. When the customer needs our services, we are proud to be of assistance.
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