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The Abu Ghraib scandal and the resulting investigations and legal trials placed the United States in an awkward position. Though the U.S. says it is bringing democracy and the rule of law to Iraq, a former dictatorship where mistreatment of prisoners was common, the events at the Abu Ghraib prison, as revealed by journalist Seymour Hersh, caused many Americans to undergo soul-searching and to further question the direction of the Iraq War.

Below are links and resources to help find more information on this issue.

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Abu Ghraib Prison and the Prisoner Abuse Issue

Personalities Involved in the Abu Ghraib Prison Issue--

Lynndie England--Charles Graner--Seymour Hersh--General Janis Karpinski--Sabrina Harman--Ivan Frederick --Jeremy Sivits

Abu Ghraib Prison and the Prisoner Abuse Issue

Abu Ghraib--New Yorker feature article by Seymour Hersh about the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers.

Wikipedia: Abu Ghraib Prisoner Abuse --Hyperlinked article about reported abuses of Iraqi prisoners. Includes photographs, details of abuse charges, profiles of people linked to the scandal, updates on convictions related to the charges, and links.

GlobalSecurity.org: Abu Ghraib Prison --Overview of the Baghdad Central Detention Center, formerly known as Abu Ghraib prison. Features satellite imagery and information about the prisoner abuse cases.

U.S. Army Report on Iraqi Prisoner Abuse --Complete text of Article 15-6 Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade by Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba.

Memory Hole: Photos of Iraqis Being Abused by U.S. Personnel --Archive of Iraqi prisoner abuse photos and documents that have been released.

Center for Cooperative Research: Prisoner Abuse in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Elsewhere--Open-content project featuring timelines and links to news and resources related to reported abuses against captives in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

Wikipedia: Abu Ghraib (prison) --Provides a history of the prison under the leadership of both Saddam Hussein and the U.S. led coalition.

Jurist Legal News: Abu Ghraib --Archived and ongoing coverage of abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Includes news, related documents, video clips, and links.

AntiWar.com: New Abu Ghraib Abuse Photos --February 2006 article showing newly-released photographs from Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

The Gray Zone --From The New Yorker. Text of Seymour Hersh's April 2004 article about the roots of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

The Painful Lessons of Abu Ghraib --Village Voice special feature on the prisoner abuse scandal at Abu Ghraib prison.

CBC News Indepth: Iraq: U.S. Military Prisoner Abuse Inquiries --News, facts, and resources related to the ongoing investigations and trials of U.S. military personnel involved in prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib.

International Red Cross Iraq POW Report (PDF) --February 2004 report of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on the treatment by the Coalition Forces of POWs during arrest, internment, and interrogation. In PDF format.

Academic Info: Abuse of Iraqi Prisoners --Directory of online resources about the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Washington Post: Abu Ghraib Prison --Archive of the Post's coverage of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison. Includes news stories, statements, photographs, video, and documents.

Human Rights Watch: The Road to Abu Ghraib --Report on alleged U.S. abuse of Iraqi prisoners.

Antiwar.com: Iraq Prison Scandal Resources --Collection of documents related to reported Iraq prison abuse at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere.

Personalities Involved in the Abu Ghraib Prison Issue

Lynndie England

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Wikipedia: Lynndie England --Includes a biography of Lynndie England, the U.S. Army Reservist charged with abusing Iraqi prisoners of war, plus pictures, a summary of the charges, and links.

CBS News: Female GI in Abuse Photos Talks --May 2004 report on Army Pfc. Lynndie England and her statements to the press about her role in photos of Iraqi prisoners of war at Abu Ghraib prison. Includes photos and video clips.

Doing a Lynndie --If you aren't "doing a Lynndie" now, you soon will be. Users post their own photos in which they pose in a manner inspired by Lynndie England.

Poynter Online: The Story Behind the Lynndie England Interview --May 2004 interview with Denver reporter Brian Maass about how he landed and prepared for his exclusive interview with the U.S. soldier charged for her involvement in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse.

Who2: Lynndie England --Profile and links for Lynndie England, one of the U.S. soldiers charged with prisoner abuse.

Charles Graner

--Lynndie England's lover, who also became infamous for abusing prisoners

Graner, Charles --Biography of the U.S. Army Reserve specialist in the 372nd Military Police company who is one of several soldiers charged in connection with the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal.
Seymour Hersh

--Famous journalist who broke the story of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib

Abu Ghraib --New Yorker feature article by Seymour Hersh about the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners by American soldiers.

The New Yorker: The Iran Plans --April 2006 article in which Seymour Hersh explores the possibility of a U.S. war against Iran.

Wikipedia: Seymour Hersh --Hyperlinked profile of Seymour Hersh, the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist known for his reports on the My Lai massacre and prison abuse in the Abu Ghraib prison.

Columbia Journalism Review: The Avenger, Sy Hersh, Then and Now --April 2003 article examining the life and career of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh.

The New Yorker: The Coming Wars --Text of Seymour Hersh's January 2005 article about the Pentagon's plans for Iran and their reported covert activities there.

The Gray Zone--From The New Yorker. Text of Seymour Hersh's April 2004 article about the roots of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

Dogged Reporter's Impact, From My Lai to Abu Ghraib --From The New York Times. May 20, 2004 profile of investigative reporter Seymour M. Hersh.

Who2 Profile: Seymour Hersh --Facts and links for the investigative journalist Seymour Hersh.

Salon Brilliant Careers: Seymour Hersh --January 2000 profile of Seymour Hersh, the reporter who broke the story of Vietnam's My Lai massacre.

 

General Janis Karpinski

--U.S. Army Reserve General in charge of Abu Ghraib while prisoner abuse took place

Karpinski, Janis --Former commander of the 800th Military Police Brigade and Abu Ghraib prison.

Aljazeera.Net - Karpinski: General behind Iraq abuse

CNN.com - Ex-chief of Iraq prisons baffled by suspension - May 26, 2004

Worldandnation: Her job: Lock up Iraq's bad guys

 

USATODAY.com - General who led Abu Ghraib prison guard unit has been suspended

Sabrina Harman

--A U.S. soldier involved in the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib

Harman, Sabrina --Hyperlinked biography of the U.S. Army Reservist charged with abusing Iraqi prisoners of war, plus pictures, a summary of the charges, and links.

Ivan Frederick

--A U.S. soldier involved in the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib

Frederick, Ivan --Hyperlinked biography of Staff Sgt. Ivan "Chip" Frederick II, of Buckingham County, Virginia, who has been charged with torturing prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison.

Jeremy Sivits

--A U.S. soldier involved in the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib

Sivits, Jeremy --Includes a biography of the U.S. Army Reservist convicted of abusing Iraqi prisoners of war. Includes pictures, a summary of the charges, and links.

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