The Abu Ghraib Investigations: The Official Independent Panel and Pentagon Reports on the Shocking Prisoner Abuse in Iraq

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In the fall of 2003, Iraqi prisoners were beaten, stripped naked, confined in small spaces, tortured, sexually humiliated, and abused by U.S. personnel at Abu Ghraib, a sprawling prison complex near Baghdad. The abuse was kept hidden by the U.S. military until photographs of the victims and their smiling tormentors were released to a stunned American public. Several investigations into the scandal were launched. Their assessment of the "brutality and purposeless sadism" at Abu ...

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Overview

In the fall of 2003, Iraqi prisoners were beaten, stripped naked, confined in small spaces, tortured, sexually humiliated, and abused by U.S. personnel at Abu Ghraib, a sprawling prison complex near Baghdad. The abuse was kept hidden by the U.S. military until photographs of the victims and their smiling tormentors were released to a stunned American public. Several investigations into the scandal were launched. Their assessment of the "brutality and purposeless sadism" at Abu Ghraib is shocking.

The Abu Ghraib Investigations reveals the awful truth about what happened at Abu Ghraib, who is responsible, and what can be done about it. It includes:

• A lead essay by Craig R. Whitney of the New York Times, putting the scandal in historical and political context

• Excerpts from the official Abu Ghraib Report, commissioned by Donald Rumsfeld, analyzing the events leading up to the abuses and their consequences

• Excerpts from the Jones/Fay Investigation, commissioned by the Pentagon, detailing specific abuses in graphic detail

• Photographs that led to the investigations of the abuses

• Key documents, including official military interrogation policies and the infamous Presidential memo of February 7, 2002

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586483197
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs
  • Publication date: 10/20/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Former Newsweek editor Steven Strasser has combed through the extensive investigative documents available and extracted the most revelatory information about the abuses—the real extent of the crimes, the fundamental flaws in the military's detention and interrogation techniques, the egregious failures in command and leadership, and the consequences for the future of the U.S. military and the war in Iraq. In his lead essay, Craig R. Whitney of the New York Times places the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal into an historical context, explaining how the crimes could have happened, and exploring why they have rattled our nation so deeply.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Final report of the independent panel to review Department of Defense detention operations
Overview 1
Policy 3
Detention and interrogation operations 9
Abuses 12
Policy and command responsibilities 14
Introduction : charter and methodology 20
The changing threat 21
The policy promulgation process 28
Public release of abuse photos 36
Command responsibilities 40
Military police and detention operations 53
Interrogation operations 65
The role of military police and military intelligence in detention operations 75
Guantanamo 76
Afghanistan 77
Abu Ghraib, Iraq 77
Laws of war/Geneva conventions 84
The role of the International Committee of the Red Cross 91
Recommendations 95
The photographs 103
Investigation of the Abu Ghraib detention facility and 205th military intelligence brigade 107
Summary of abuses at Abu Ghraib 111
Incidents of detainee abuse using dogs 143
Incidents of detainee abuse using humiliation 154
Incidents of detainee abuse using isolation 165
App. A Units involved from Guantanamo, Afghanistan, Iraq 173
App. B Presidential memo of February 7, 2002 176
App. C Evolution of interrogation techniques - Guantanamo 178
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2005

    if u have the guts, read it

    A lot of americans dimiss the torture as being understandable because the troops werent trained well enough...however, I don't see myself committing these acts and having this extreme form of perversion if I was a gaurd. With this and other crimes against humanity the bush adminstration is committing, do we have a right to impose democracy?

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