Chain of Command: The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib - Chapter 1, Part 2 Summary & Analysis

Seymour Hersh
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Chapter 1, Part 2 Summary

Abu Ghraib was a huge Iraqi prison on the outskirts of Baghdad, used by Dictator Saddam Hussein. It became a U.S. prison in mid-2003, after the Iraq war. General Janis Karpinski was placed in command of all U.S. military prisons, that same year, making her ultimately responsible for Abu Ghraib. Her background included special intelligence work, but no prison experience. Major criminal abuses were soon noticed, including systematic illegal abuse of detainees. Photographic evidence was successfully withheld until some leaked out and the story broke on the television program 60 Minutes II on April 28, 2004. Seven suspects were implicated in the abuses. Specialist Joseph M. Darby was credited with making the story public after coming across pictures of naked detainees and writing an anonymous letter about it. The photos were given to investigators on January 13, 2004. The United States Central Command (CENTCOM...

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