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July 28, 2016

Abu Ghraib Torture Company Re-Hired For Syria - How ISIS Will Benefit

During the occupation of Iraq U.S. intelligence and military services contracted CACI International Inc, a U.S. company in Virginia, to provide "intelligence services" in Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. CACI employees were directly involved in torturing Iraqi prisoners.

The U.S. army recently contracted CACI for "intelligence analysis services" in Syria. The Syrian government has not invited or otherwise allowed U.S. military or its contractors to enter the country. Any such activities infringe on Syria's sovereignty and are thereby in violation of international law.

The re-engagement of such a controversial company for services in the area boosts the recruitment appeal of the Islamic State.

A recent U.S. Department of Defense Contracts Press Announcement (Release No: CR-143-16, July 27, 2016) lists under the rubric "Army":

"Six3 Intelligence Solutions Inc., McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $ 9,578,964 modification (P00001) to contract W564KV-16-C-0058 for intelligence analysis services. Work will be performed in Germany, Italy, and Syria, with an estimated completion date of June 29, 2017."

CACI does business under the name Six3 Systems and Six3 Intelligence Solutions. The web-domain reroutes directly to


The announcement was found by Micah Zenko.

As of 2014 CACI, aka Six3 Systems, was still accused of direct involvement in torture and interrogations in Abu Ghraib:

A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit against CACI International Inc by four former Iraqi detainees who claimed the U.S. defense contractor's employees directed their torture at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad.
Writing for a unanimous three-judge 4th Circuit panel, Circuit Judge Barbara Milano Keenan also said Congress has a "distinct interest" in not turning the United States into a "safe harbor" for torturers.
The lawsuit accused CACI employees who conducted interrogation and other services at Abu Ghraib of directing or encouraging torture, in part to "soften up" detainees for questioning, while managers were accused of covering it up.

Photos depicting abuse of Abu Ghraib detainees emerged in 2004. Some detainees claimed they endured physical and sexual abuse, infliction of electric shocks, and mock executions.

The re-hiring of this company for services to U.S. forces against Syria and ISIS is of great propaganda benefit for the Islamic State. Some of those who endured treatment by CACI employees will join ISIS to take revenge for their suffering. Relatives of those who were tortured and humiliated by CACI personnal will feel urged to use this chance for retaliation. Islamists in other countries will find motivation in this repeat of "western" denigration of their (religious) honor.

Many leading figures of the Islamic State are former prisoners of U.S. military and intelligence in Iraq. Al-Jawlani, the head of al-Qaeda in Syria aka Jabhat al Nusra, is also a former U.S. prisoner in Iraq. Will these people meet familiar faces when they come into contact with CACI employees in Syria?

The question is not theoretical.

Islamic State media just released video from inside a camp in Jordan which shows U.S. personnal providing military and intelligence training to anti-Syrian-government "rebels".

(via Anna Ahronheim)

Such training seems to include ideological indoctrination.

(via Hassan Ridha)

Publishing this video is a great Public Relation success for the Islamic State. It is another example of the direct benefit to IS from U.S. military and intelligence activities in and around Syria.

The publishing of the video suggests that the Islamic State penetrated -one way or another- a U.S. training camp in Jordan. Will the "intelligence services" provided by CACI in Syria likewise be open to Islamic State infiltration?



*The contract series W564KV is handled by the 409th Contracting Support Brigade of the U.S. Army Contracting Command in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Other contracts in the series seem to relate to general facility management, probably for U.S. bases in Syria. A somewhat similar numbered contract (W564KV-12-C-0058) as the CACI one above was announced in 2012:

Lenoir City, Tenn., was awarded a $17,172,085 firm-fixed-price contract. The award will provide for the top secret security guard services. Work will be performed in Germany, with an estimated completion date of Sept. 27, 2017.

Posted by b on July 28, 2016 at 6:30 UTC | Permalink


i is still in business, very reprehensible business and then there is the possibility of Clinton gaining the White House; a dark vision indeed...

Posted by: V. Arnold | Jul 28 2016 7:10 utc | 1

Oops. Should read: CACI is still

Posted by: V. Arnold | Jul 28 2016 7:11 utc | 2

Good reporting again b

This is another example of failing empire in that it has to rely on questionable resources to maintain its existence.

If private finance can steal from the public and Obama tells us it is legal to do so, I suspect there is a "legal scholar" who will explain this contract wording away as well.

In the US, if you register your phone number with the government Do No Call Registry, you are never suppose to get sales calls. While this worked at one point, I think other US folk will support me in stating that laws and rules don't seem to mean as much as they use to. After all, when you are the greatest nation in the world, if you break the rules. it must be for the best....../snark

Posted by: psychohistorian | Jul 28 2016 7:20 utc | 3

'The Syrian government has not invited or otherwise allowed U.S. military or its contractors within its country. Any such activities infringe on Syrian sovereignty and are thereby in violation of international law.'

In violation of international law has been the habitual state of the US Government since the Invasion of Afghanistan, 28 December 2001. It will remain the habitual state of the United States until we end it. Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump will not do so.

Eight more years? Kids who've never known any other state but 'in violation of international law' will start voting in the United States in 2018.

Posted by: jfl | Jul 28 2016 7:22 utc | 4

@all - edited the piece above while adding a few more related links.

Posted by: b | Jul 28 2016 8:00 utc | 5

"Many leading figures of the Islamic State are former prisoners of U.S. military and intelligence in Iraq. Will they meet familiar faces when coming in contact with CACI employees in Syria?"

"The question is not theoretical."

No, it's not. The blow-back has been evident in a large part of the EU and even, to a lesser degree, in the U.S.
The neo-cons are hell bent on maintaining a world perpetually off balance and all war, all the time.
I would add, god help the CACI employee captured by one of his former victims.
It would be genuine justice...

Posted by: V. Arnold | Jul 28 2016 8:34 utc | 6

'According to one U.S. military estimate, Bucca housed 1,350 hardened takfiri terrorists amid a general population of 15,000, yet there was little to no oversight as to who was allowed to integrate with whom.'

That's their story and they're stickin' to it. Maybe it's true. Then again, maybe they foresaw their need for what turned out to be 'the Islamic State', [1] so set about to help create one, keeping it safe, warm and its founders in close proximity to one another, like baby chicks under a light bulb in a brooder.

Where will they set this brood loose? Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Xinjiang?

[1], page 5


Posted by: jfl | Jul 28 2016 9:03 utc | 7

@7 If the link above seems temperamental, try this one.

Posted by: jfl | Jul 28 2016 9:22 utc | 8
"No more Jabhat al Nusra in Syria"

Posted by: okie farmer | Jul 28 2016 10:01 utc | 9

A recent public opinion survey of Arabs found miniscule support for ISIS. Typcally, the level of support was 1-2% with the odd outlier at 6%. The United States has just handed ISIS a PR victory on a plate and it will be interesting to see how the level of support varies over the next few years.

Posted by: blowback | Jul 28 2016 13:44 utc | 10

If anybody should be classed as unlawful combatants it should be mercenaries. The Last time I'm aware of governments contracting out dirty work to privateers to keep their hands clean was in the 16th to 19th centuries when they licensed pirates to plunder foreign vessels.

Posted by: Mick McNulty | Jul 28 2016 13:55 utc | 11

$100M gone to Five Vistas House every time the minute hand rolls around, every hour of every day, 365 days a year, and you can track it at because they are Exceptional, and you are Little People.

Posted by: Cho Nyawinh | Jul 28 2016 14:25 utc | 12


Since the invasion of Grenada circa 1983.

Posted by: Cho Nyawinh | Jul 28 2016 14:28 utc | 13

thanks b... yes - recruiting more isis... i think that despite ''what the usa says'' that is the plan.. as jfl@4 says - the usa could give a fuck about international law.. they are an exceptional nation alright..

@9 okie... yeah, they went and did a name changey on us - typical tactic of scoundrels and oh - caci is now called six3 systems... obviously it is important to change your name when you are such a freakin' scoundrel... kinda like the local one that plagues moa from time to time...

Posted by: james | Jul 28 2016 16:09 utc | 14

Thanks James that's mr scoundrel freak to you.

Posted by: hejiminy cricket | Jul 28 2016 16:14 utc | 15

@13 cho

Yes, you're right. But weren't there a few minutes, maybe a few whole days at a time when they - we - were not in active violation of international law, pre-NAC? I confess not to have been as politically conscious then as I am now. But the USA has definitely been an outlaw every minute of everyday since the dawning of the NAC ... someone else pointed out that the NAC's is an ill-defined beginning in itself. I just pin it to the millennium, and that way I feel confident I am not wrong in the every minute of every day assertion.


I think you have hc confused with the freakin' other fellow. Hc may not be your cup of tea, but he doesn't seem to me to be the same freakin' scoundrel that you remember so well. hejiminy is a guy's name, right? Otherwise is would be shejiminy, wouldn't it? Always assumed fof aka many other names was a he as well. guest77 popped out of the woodwork for a few short lines the other week. He could always smell fof ... or foff - fan of fossil fuels, wasn't it, maybe I made that up - in an instant. Hope you're ok if you're lurking guest. Thanks for the stream of posts at

Posted by: jfl | Jul 28 2016 16:45 utc | 16

Empires throughout history have always used mercenaries to do their "dirty" work. ISIS is just the latest incarnation of those mercenaries.

As always, thanks b.

Posted by: ben | Jul 28 2016 17:36 utc | 17

..hejiminy is a guy's name, right? Otherwise is would be shejiminy, wouldn't it?

Or the gender-neutral Hegemony Cricket?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Jul 28 2016 18:25 utc | 18

"Islamic State media just released video from inside a camp in Jordan which shows U.S. personal [sic] providing military and intelligence training to anti-Syrian-government "rebels"."

It also shows British military involvement at 1:12 - 1:15

Posted by: Yonatan | Jul 28 2016 23:23 utc | 19

@13--Let's try 1846 and the theft of 1/2 of Mexico. Or 1801-1809--Thomas Jefferson's clandestine war to push the Spanish out of the Floridas. Or ...

Posted by: karlof1 | Jul 29 2016 0:25 utc | 20

From "hanging Chads" to "punching Putin" - the indispensable nation really became a failed state, but an execptionally pathetic and silly one. We could think "their Business", would't they mess it up even further by rallying for "hanging Putin".

Posted by: Kassandra | Jul 29 2016 6:50 utc | 21

Hubris maxima... when was it that the US were told to offer de luxe conditions to the Afghans and Iraqis they were bombing?

Posted by: Mina | Jul 29 2016 10:06 utc | 22

Six3 Intelligence Solutions Inc., McLean, Virginia, was awarded a $ 9,578,964 modification (P00001) to contract W564KV-16-C-0058 for intelligence analysis services. Work will be performed in Germany, Italy, and Syria, with an estimated completion date of June 29, 2017

the northern Virginia nexus is a kind of 'base camp' from where the Imperium mounts its assaults on the beleaguered peoples of the world. since 911, and GWOT's ascent from the primordial muck, fueled by an unprecedented appropriation of federal dollars(is it real, or is it memorex?), this cash cow has been milked, masturbated, and flayed, presaging final slaughter at some unknown time.

it's almost touching that this malignancy would cuddle up to its host, the Imperial City across the Potomac, stretched out in all of its neo-classical pretentiousness...

the 'Great Society's' attempt at leaving its mark.

Posted by: john | Jul 29 2016 10:15 utc | 23

The only places these CACI guys could work in Syria (that we know of) are the Al Tanf Training/Torture Outpost (slightly cratered by Russia), the SF Rmeilan Airfield and Torture Emporium, and the newest black site going up: the Sarrin/Sabit Airstrip and Detention/Torture Spa.

I guess we (the U.S.) will probably just use those sites and CACI to torture ISIS guys, right? Or maybe we'll round up a few Syrian Army conscripts that al Nusra grabbed. Conscripts will always squeal after a few near-death waterboarding sessions and some electrodes to the testicles. Hell, we can even ship Americans there from the U.S. - "What happens in Sabit stays in Sabit!" The U.S. Constitution does not apply in the Sarrin Plain of Syria. In fact, we're not even officially there.

God bless America! Land of the free and home of the brave - we offshore most of the indefinite detention and hire criminally-insane CACI psychopaths for the cowardly torture and 'softening up' parts. See? We're wholesome and clean here in the states!

SOUTHCOM - creating new ISIS terrorists one CACI detainee at a time. Business must be booming.

Posted by: PavewayIV | Jul 31 2016 7:15 utc | 24

After the Civil War in the US, Republicans used to run for office on the power of the win by the North. A phrase, "waving the bloody shirt" became a shorthand way of calling out the overuse of Civil War references.

On Wednesday night, especially, some on Thursday, it was the Democrats "waving the bloody shirt."

The tone of the convention rather clearly indicated Hillary will not be playing down her least, once she's elected.

Every time I think about the choice people are facing (and, being in NJ, I most likely will not have to face), cringe at the thought of her having the power to do more and more to effectuate her hawkish aims.

What a mess.

For me, I hope my choice is whether it's better to write in Sanders for president...or vote some third party....

Posted by: jawbone | Aug 1 2016 18:07 utc | 25

Did anyone notice the straight-arm NAZI salute at the bottom photograph? This right along with the GLADIO gangs that are still in operation in Europe and the Ukraine. And if Hillery gets in, we might be in for the real WWIII. After all, it was her and Bill that pushed the NATO borders eastward after the fall of the Soviet Union. Now, she will finish the job on Russia if given the chance. But that also might finish the world as well. Not a great prospect to look forward to.

Posted by: Shelia | Aug 4 2016 4:29 utc | 26

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