Abu Ghraib

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Abu Ghraib is a prison in Iraq which was used by Saddam Hussein and later by America for torturing prisoners.

Abu Ghraib was run by a woman. Janis Karpinski with the rank of Brigadier General. Much of the abuse was carried out by junior soldiers rather than trained interrogators. Alfred W. McCoy has accused the CIA of being involved in extracting information. His book is [A Question of Torture CIA Interrogation, from the Cold War to the War On Terror ]. The pictures come from [Salon.com ]

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The publication of these and many other photographs was a public relations disaster for the American army, the Department of Defense and some politicians. Junior soldiers went to prison for their involvement. Brig. General Janis Karpinski, the commanding officer was demoted to colonel. The rest went Scot free. The fact that senior people went unpunished attracted unfavourable comment.

Michael Chertoff, who as head of the Justice Department's criminal division advised the Central Intelligence Agency on the outer limits of legality in coercive interrogation sessions, was promoted by President Bush to fill the cabinet-level vacancy at Secretary of Homeland Security

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