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CACI Demands Retraction of False Statements in New York Times Editorial
Sets the Record Straight on the Facts Regarding CACI's Business in Iraq
Arlington, VA, January 20, 2010 - CACI International Inc (NYSE:CACI) announced today that it has demanded a retraction and correction to an editorial published in The New York Times on January 11, 2010. In the process of commenting on a matter involving a private security contractor, The Times editorial falsely characterized CACI's personnel who worked in Iraq as mercenaries. The editorial then asserted that CACI personnel were involved in "proven incidents of abuse in 2003 and 2004 in the Abu Ghraib prison" and implied that they had committed crimes for which they have not been held accountable. CACI regards these statements as maliciously false. CACI expects The Times to more faithfully execute its responsibility to deliver the news fairly and accurately. For the public record, CACI presents the following facts.
CACI is not now, nor has it ever been, engaged in "mercenary" activity. CACI is an information technology company, not a private military or security contractor. CACI is the largest software developer, the third largest systems integrator, and the fourth largest IT employer in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. At the request of the U.S. Army in 2003, CACI identified and hired qualified individuals to serve as intelligence analysts and interrogators in Iraq. CACI's employees worked in difficult, dangerous conditions and did their jobs with professionalism while providing a vital service to America's national security. CACI's interrogation services in Iraq concluded in the Fall of 2005 when its contract with the Army expired.
Second, there is no factual basis for the statement that there are "proven incidents of abuse" involving CACI personnel at Abu Ghraib or that CACI personnel committed crimes. No government report, no private lawsuit, and no investigation has "proven incidents of abuse" at Abu Ghraib by CACI personnel. In 2004, allegations were made in preliminary reports with respect to three former employees. Those allegations were, and are, disputed and the allegations remain no more than that. After more than five years and numerous investigations, not one current or former CACI employee has been charged with or found culpable of any wrongdoing at Abu Ghraib. In the U.S. justice system, people are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Absent credible evidence or a judicial finding of wrongdoing by anyone affiliated with CACI – neither of which has occurred to date – there is absolutely no basis for The Times' statements about CACI. The Times commentary should have acknowledged that the allegations against CACI remain to this day unsubstantiated, uncorroborated, and unproven.
Third, the editorial referenced a federal court decision in September 2009 dismissing several detainee abuse lawsuits against CACI, suggesting that the decision allowed CACI to evade accountability for wrongdoing. The Times editorial simply ignored that fact that none of the plaintiffs in the lawsuits even alleged that they ever had any contact with anyone employed by CACI. The Times simply ignored the fact that no CACI employee appeared in the infamous photographs from Abu Ghraib and no CACI employees were involved in that activity. The Times simply ignored the fact that no one employed by CACI was even charged with wrongdoing at Abu Ghraib.
The federal court's decision recognized this in language that bears quoting:
[T]he government acted swiftly to institute court-martial proceedings against the offending military personnel, but no analogous disciplinary, criminal or contract proceedings have been so instituted against the defendants [CACI and Titan]. This fact alone indicates the government's perception of the contract employees' role in the Abu Ghraib scandal.
CACI has always taken the Abu Ghraib scandal very seriously. CACI has repeatedly stated it abhors and condemns the abuses that occurred at Abu Ghraib prison. The company does not condone, tolerate, or endorse any illegal behavior by any of its employees in any circumstances at any time. It has cooperated fully and will continue to cooperate with all official inquiries regarding interrogation and detention policies.
CACI's account of its mission and role at Abu Ghraib is contained in the book Our Good Name. This thoroughly researched and footnoted publication sites public records and documents, sworn testimony before Congress, the courts, numerous government investigations, and does not rely on unsubstantiated rumors, unsupported speculation, or anonymous sources. To get more information about the book, Our Good Name, please visit www.ourgoodnamethebook.com.
In 2009, CACI received the top rating of "Best Overall Government Contractor Ethics Program" in the 2008 Government Contractor Ethics Program Ratings released by the Ethisphere Institute. Researchers from the Ethisphere Institute analyzed more than 1,000 federal government contractors. CACI received the highest classification of "Excellent" and placed first in both the 10 Best Ethics Training and Communications Programs and the 10 Best Internal Control Systems. CACI is proud of that recognition, which is consistent with the standards to which the company holds itself.
For more than 48 years and in cooperation with 10 presidential administrations, CACI has provided professional services and IT solutions needed to prevail in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, and federal civilian government arenas. We deliver enterprise IT and network services; data, information, and knowledge management services; business system solutions; logistics and material readiness; C4ISR Solutions; cyber solutions; integrated security and intelligence solutions; and program management and SETA support services. CACI services and solutions help our federal clients provide for national security, improve communications and collaboration, secure the integrity of information systems and networks, enhance data collection and analysis, and increase efficiency and mission effectiveness. CACI is a member of the Fortune 1000 Largest Companies and the Russell 2000 index. CACI provides dynamic careers for approximately 12,700 employees working in over 120 offices in the U.S. and Europe. Visit CACI on the web at www.caci.com and www.asymmetricthreat.net.
There are statements made herein which do not address historical facts, and therefore could be interpreted to be forward-looking statements as that term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements are subject to factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from anticipated results. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated include, but are not limited to, the following: regional and national economic conditions in the United States and the United Kingdom, including conditions that result from a prolonged recession; terrorist activities or war; changes in interest rates; currency fluctuations; significant fluctuations in the equity markets; failure to achieve contract awards in connection with recompetes for present business and/or competition for new business; the risks and uncertainties associated with client interest in and purchases of new products and/or services; continued funding of U.S. government or other public sector projects, based on a change in spending patterns, or in the event of a priority need for funds, such as homeland security, the war on terrorism or rebuilding Iraq; or an economic stimulus package; government contract procurement (such as bid protest, small business set asides, loss of work due to organizational conflicts of interest, etc.) and termination risks; the results of government investigations into allegations of improper actions related to the provision of services in support of U.S. military operations in Iraq; the results of government audit and reviews conducted by the Defense Contract Audit Agency or other government entities with cognizant oversight; individual business decisions of our clients; paradigm shifts in technology; competitive factors such as pricing pressures and/or competition to hire and retain employees (particularly those with security clearances); market speculation regarding our continued independence; material changes in laws or regulations applicable to our businesses, particularly in connection with (i) government contracts for services, (ii) outsourcing of activities that have been performed by the government, (iii) competition for task orders under Government Wide Acquisition Contracts ("GWACs") and/or schedule contracts with the General Services Administration; and (iv) accounting for convertible debt instruments; our own ability to achieve the objectives of near term or long range business plans; and other risks described in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings.
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