Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse
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|Date||March 2003 - ?|
|Exposed by||Sam Provance|
|Interest of||Michael Hourigan|
|Description||Top 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.|
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.
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.
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|File:A case to answer.pdf||report||2008||Amnesty International||An Amnesty International report on the 40 month long detention and rendition of Khaled al-Maqtari, a 25 year old Saudi national at the time of his arrest in Fallujah, Iraq in January 2004.|