Abu Ghraib Essay

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Starting in 2004, reports of physical, psychological and sexual abuse including torture, rape, sodomy, waterboarding (“a prisoner is strapped to a board, or submerged, or held down and forced to breathe through a water-soaked cloth held over his mouth. All waterboarding produces the physical sensation of drowning and a psychological sensation of panic, fear and loss of control[1]”) and homicide of the prisoners at Abu Ghraib become known to the public eye. The acts were committed by members of the United States Army along with members of the United States governmental agencies. As shown in the Taguba Report (“report on alleged abuse of prisoners by members of the 800th Military Police Brigade at the Abu Ghraib Prison in Baghdad[2]), an investigation by the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command had already been underway where soldiers had been charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice with prisoner abuse. In April 2004, a “60 Minutes II” news report and an article by Seymour M. Hersh in “The New Yorker” released articles and photos showing prisoners being abused by military personnel[3].

The United States Department of Defence removed seventeen soldiers and officers from their duties and eleven of those soldiers were charged with dereliction of duty, maltreatment, aggravated assault and battery. Eleven soldiers were convicted in courts-martial, sentenced to military prison, and dishonourably discharged from the service between 2004 and 2006. Interrogation and torture policies by the United States Government

The Office of Legal Counsel declares organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death torture punishable by law[4]. President George Bush and his administrators said that the Abu Ghraib torture Scandal was an “isolated incident uncharacteristic of US actions in Iraq[5]”. That was widely controversial, especially in Arab countries, but by the International Red Cross as well, which had been reporting abuse of the...
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