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

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

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

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

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)

About 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.

Table of Contents

IntroductionVII
Final Report of the Independent Panel to Review Department of Defense Detention OperationsXXV
Overview1
Policy3
Detention and Interrogation Operations9
Abuses12
Policy and Command Responsibilities14
Introduction: Charter and Methodology20
The Changing Threat21
The Policy Promulgation Process28
Public Release of Abuse Photos36
Command Responsibilities40
Military Police and Detention Operations53
Interrogation Operations65
The Role of Military Police and Military Intelligence in Detention Operations75
Guantanamo76
Afghanistan77
Abu Ghraib, Iraq77
Laws of War/Geneva Conventions84
The Role of the International Committee of the Red Cross91
Recommendations95
The Photographs103
Investigation of the Abu Ghraib Detention Facility and 205th Military Intelligence Brigade107
Summary of Abuses at Abu Ghraib111
Incidents of Detainee Abuse Using Dogs143
Incidents of Detainee Abuse Using Humiliation154
Incidents of Detainee Abuse Using Isolation165
Appendixes
AUnits Involved from Guantanamo, Afghanistan, Iraq173
BPresidential Memo of February 7, 2002176
CEvolution of Interrogation Techniques-Guantanamo178

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