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  • Dozens of videotapes of the CIA interrogations of Abu Zubaydah were destroyed in 2005 by a senior CIA official, Jose Rodriguez, who seems to have calculated that if the tapes ever entered the public domain they would have caused the same kind of outrage that greeted the Abu Ghraib prison abuse photographs from Iraq.

    The Longest War

  • General Antonio Taguba, who had been asked by General Ricardo Sanchez in January 2004 to investigate allegations of inappropriate brutality at Abu Ghraib prison, issued a report two months later that found abuse of detainees to have been “systemic and illegal.”

    Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq

  • Shortly after information—and photographs—of events at Abu Ghraib were leaked to the press, General John Abizaid, the commander of CENTOM, warned Taguba, “You and your report will be investigated.”

    Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq

  • The American prison guards in Abu Ghraib are their lineal descendants.

    What Have We Learned, If Anything?

  • Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, describing renovations at Abu Ghraib prison, which had been placed under her command the previous June, September 17, 200389

    Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq

  • Rush Limbaugh, responding to a caller who compared the mistreatment of Iraqi detainees by U.S. military personnel at Abu Ghraib prison to “fraternity hazing,” The Rush Limbaugh Show, May 4, 200492

    Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq

  • Specialist Charles Graner, Abu Ghraib prison guard, explaining his treatment of Iraqi detainees to Sergeant Joseph M. Darby, May 22, 200496

    Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq

  • Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, discussing the comforts of Abu Ghraib prison, December 14, 200390

    Mission Accomplished! Or How We Won the War in Iraq

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