Torture profiteer's suit against Air America goes forward

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I've been following the exploits of the "torture profiteer" CACI International -- the firm's employees were named in two government reports on the abuses at Abu Ghraib -- for some time now (see here for background).

The company has an infamously aggressive attorney, and its management has decided that the best way to keep their brand from being further tainted by one of the worst military scandals in U.S. history is to try to shut up the media with threatening letters and, if need be, lawsuits -- a counterproductive strategy if ever there was one (Dear CACI: Get a clue -- I wouldn't be writing this post if you'd simply owned up to your role in the abuses and pledged to exercise greater oversight of your employees and agents instead of trying to intimidate people who report on your exploits).

Anyway, they sued Air America Radio's Randi Rhodes a while back, claiming that she had defamed the company on her program. A judge threw the case out -- as one might expect -- but the firm appealed the summary judgment. And this week, a bankruptcy court allowed the appeal to continue, despite AAR's seemingly chronic financial woes:

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