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To: The Scottish Government
We, the undersigned, are gravely concerned that CACI Ltd, a wholly-owned UK subsidiary of a company that has been involved in interrogating prisoners at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq, has been awarded a Scottish Census 2011 contract for census printing and data capture services (Sunday Herald, 27th July 2008).
We think that it is wrong to give millions of pounds of taxpayers' money to a subsidiary of a firm that helped run Abu Ghraib, where prisoners were systematically subjected to appalling abuse.
We also think that it is wrong to ask Scots to give personal information to a company whose parent company is closely linked to the US military and intelligence communities.
We think that the Scottish Government's decision to work with CACI is in conflict with its opposition to the war in Iraq and with its duty to uphold human rights. And we fear that the Scottish Government's relationship with CACI may in future prevent it speaking out about concerns over the activities of CACI and other private contractors in war zones around the world.
We the undersigned call on the Scottish Government to cancel the contract awarded to CACI Ltd and to take steps to ensure that the Scottish people can have confidence in the ethical probity of the 2011 Census.
Supporters include:Richard Haley, Julia Davidson, John Pilger, Tony Benn,
Bruce Kent, Iain Banks, Alasdair Gray, Tom Leonard, Malcolm Chisholm MSP, Terry Brotherstone, Des Loughney, Moazzam Begg,
Dr Terry Wrigley FRSA, Mark Thomas, Councillor Jim Bollan, Jock Morris, Ken Imrie
and many more.
16 September 2008 – 11 May 2009