Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse

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Event.png Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse (war crime,  torture,  murder,  research,  Copper Green) Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
DateMarch 2003 - ?
Exposed bySam Provance
Interest ofMichael Hourigan
DescriptionTop level sanctioned torture on US prisoners, both to gather information about the effects of torture on victims and perpetrators as well as to intimidate and sew dragon's teeth.

Prisoners were tortured and murdered[citation needed] in Abu Ghraib,[1] with the approval of many more senior officials than were ever subjected to discipline for what went on.

Official narrative

These war crimes were confined to low level military, and were not officially sanctioned. These things happen in a war.

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Bigger picture

There seems to be little doubt that these war crimes were in fact sanctioned from the highest level, though through a sufficiently off-the-books mechanism to provide plausible deniability as and when the activies were exposed. The codeword 'Copper Green' was used to refer to a systematic programme of abuse, torture and murder, which may be a helpful lens through which to understand what was going on.

Destructive research on Prisoners

See Operation Phoenix for an analogous research project carried out during the Vietnam War. This aimed to refine understanding of how much extreme torture people can stand and the various ways their bodies, minds and communities respond to it.[2]

Terrorisation of the Populace

Naomi Klein has argued on Unwelcome Guests that the events of Abu Ghraib were never intended to remain secret, but instead carried out in an effort to stiffen resistance by terrorising the local population.[3]


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