London of CACI described th e Fay report as "backing dramatically away" from the portrayal in the earlier Taguba report of Stefanowicz as a leader of the abuse. A CACI spokeswoman said Stefanowicz is no longer with the company.
Hockeimer, an attorney with Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin, issued a statement saying: "The Taguba Report incorrectly and unfairly characterized Mr. Stefanowicz as one of the principal non-MP wrongdoers at the Abu Ghraib prison. In contrast, the Fay Report drastically back-pedaled from that characterization, alleging, albeit without any shred of substantiation, that Mr. Stefanowicz was one of dozens responsible for certain misconduct, misconduct not depicted in any of the photographs. Nonetheless, Mr. Stefanowicz vehemently denies even the allegations made against him in the Fay Report. His conduct at all times was appropriate and authorized."
Military officials say that care is now being taken to ensure that civilian workers at Abu Ghraib have proper credentials and that new contract workers are closely observed.
(Ceerwan Aziz -- Reuters)
The Fay report deals more briefly with other CACI employees. It alleges a second CACI interrogator, identified only as Civilian 5, "grabbed a detainee (who was handcuffed) off a vehicle and dropped him to the ground. He then dragged him into an interrogation booth and as the detainee tried to get up . . . would yank the detainee very hard and make him fall again." The report says the CACI employee refused to take instructions from team leaders and military trainers. At one point the civilian allegedly said, "I have been doing this for 20 years and I do not need a 20-year-old telling me how to do my job."
A third CACI employee, Civilian 11, allegedly encouraged a soldier to abuse detainees after a shooting incident in the prison. He failed to intervene when a soldier covered a detainee's mouth and nose, the report says. He also allegedly threatened to use dogs in an unauthorized manner when he told a detainee, "You see that dog there, if you don't tell me what I want to know, I'm gonna get that dog on you." The CACI interrogator was photographed facing a detainee who was in an "unauthorized stress position."
Asked about such allegations, London said, "We don't condone wrongdoing . . . though I will point out that to my knowledge, nobody from CACI has been charged or indicted for anything." He added that none of the interrogators "cited in the Fay report for possible misconduct are any longer with CACI."
In the most dramatic accusation against a contractor employee, the Fay report says an interpreter "allegedly raped a 15-18 year old male detainee," according to another detainee. The report says the description of the interpreter "partially matches" that of a Titan interpreter, Civilian 17. The report says the Titan interpreter allegedly involved in the rape also was "present during the abuse of detainees depicted in photographs." And a detainee told investigators that this interpreter "hit him and cut his ear, which required stitches."
Another Titan employee, Civilian 16, is accused in the report of failing to report detainee abuse and failing to report threats against detainees. The report says this Titan linguist was present in an interrogation when a detainee was placed in an unauthorized stress position and when a soldier "twisted the handcuff of a detainee, causing the detainee pain."
The report says it cleared Civilian 10, a Titan employee, of wrongdoing, concluding that he had no direct involvement with abuse and that he had a valid security clearance. The Taguba report had singled out John Israel as lacking a valid clearance.
More recent reports that have come to light regarding prison conditions in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay in Cuba did not provide new information on civilian contractors.
Once the Abu Ghraib scandal broke, inquiries discovered problems dating back to the writing of the contracts providing for civilian workers.
The U.S. General Services Administration, which oversees many large federal contracts, found that an Interior Department contract for information technology was used to order interrogator services from CACI. The GSA's inspector general said this was a violation of contracting rules because interrogator services were "out of scope" for such a technology contract.
The GSA also found that Lockheed Martin's use of an information technology contract to provide interrogation services at Guantanamo Bay was "out of scope."
Neither company was suspended or debarred from competing for federal contracts, but the GSA began a "Get It Right" public information campaign aimed at informing contractors that they share responsibility to adhere to federal acquisition regulations.