Apr 072011
 
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Welcome to the latest story on CACI & the Irish Census. I am finding it somewhat difficult to stay on top of this as my only source of keeping up with what is being said in the Dáil is the Oireachtas website….

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Apr 052011
 
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UPDATED 20110407

Hi Greg here with my first post on Multistory. What follows is my communication with the CSO on the issue of the CACI contract…

11/03/2011 18:26

Subject
Ref 21013 CACI Ltd Irish Census
Contractor Links With Alleged Abuse in Abu Ghraib

Dear Sirs

I am conducting an initial enquiry into CACI Ltd who are conducting
the data capture and analysis on your behalf for the up and coming
census. Could you please comment on the following:

Has there been due diligence conducted into the background of this
company and its US affiliates?

Are you aware that CACI Inc, a US subsidiary of CACI Ltd has been
involved in a number of court cases in the USA relating to
allegations
made against the company and members of its staff of abuse of
prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq?

Are you aware that in September 2009 CACI Inc sought immunity from
prosecution in the US Court of Appeals and won on the basis that it
operated under the US military chain of command was this afforded
government contractor immunity?

Do you not feel, that under the current provisions of the Patriot Act
in the United States, that allowing a company whose subsidiary is
protected in law as part of the US military chain of command, access
to the personal data of every Irish person could pose threat to the
human rights of Irish citizens and a breach of trust with the Irish
public?

I look forward to your reply.

Yours sincerely

Greg Manahan
Production Director

iDirect Productions

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On 14 Mar 2011, at 15:06, copfieldmanagement@cso.ie wrote:

Dear Mr Manahan

The census is a major undertaking for the CSO and contractors have been
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Mar 292011
 
anatomy of terror

Since the last collection of stories there is still a general lack of awareness from the general public about this issue. This is largely due to the silence of politicians and journalists. As a storyteller, I again compile some information for you here..

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Mar 272011
 

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Madam,

I was very surprised to learn about the involvement of war profiteers, CACI, in the upcoming census.

Not only have they secured the contract in this census but they have also engaged in it for the previous two.

What I find most surprising however is that none of the mainstream media here have ever picked up on this. The information filtered through online networks from published news in the Guardian and Observer, regarding the CACI contract in the Scottish census and the Lockheed Martin contract for the rest of the UK. The dots were connected and the discovery was made on the Oireachtas website, that Pat Carey announced in January 2010 that the Irish contract was awarded to CACI, six months previously, in July 2009. The CSO have confirmed this and seem quite displeased at this becoming (somewhat) public knowledge and have criticised concerned peoples’ genuine claims of CACI’s involvement in interrogation services at Abu Gharib prison in Iraq, as “irresponsible” according to online news outlet, The Journal.

I note that only two letters have been published regarding the upcoming census in the paper and I wonder if there is any more concern out there, apart from the apparent waste of the printing of the census ‘as gaelige’ and of not having an online option. Then again, this news of a company heavily involved in the ‘military industrial complex’ is not widely known about and the media has failed to inform the people of this. The CSO failed to inform their staff of this also, as when I mentioned this news to the enumerator he said he was aware and shocked to hear about Lockheed Martin’s involvement in the UK census, but he had no idea that CACI were involved in the questionnaire he was delivering.

I am also concerned about the legal requirement to take part in the census (as we were reminded by Garret Fitzgerald in the paper last week), when we are not even legally obliged to vote. Is it right that we not only give money to a company who’s business is war (online and offline) but that we may potentially, inadvertently, mistakenly, give them our data too?

I further question now, the true involvement of the conveniently ‘neutral’ Irish state in the war machine. Do our elected representatives discard morals and ethics when it comes to attracting US investment? Are we afraid of our reflection?

Yours sincerely,

MARK O’ CÚLAR

Old Kilmainham,

Dublin 8