Taguba Report (Abu Gharib) [Torture]
Taguba Report (Abu Gharib) – http://www.npr.org/iraq/2004/prison_abuse_report.pdf
Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:
- How do regular people justify their involvement in torture?
- What was involved in “loosening people up?”
- What is involved in an Article 15 investigation?
This 53 page report by Maj General Antonio Taguba documents a number of incidents of torture and other abuse by US personnel in Iraq.
This report will both provide material for torture scenes and show how people involved either justified their actions or felt helpless to change things. For example, here is a guard testimony from page 18 of the PDF file:
SGT Javal S. Davis, 372nd MP Company, stated in his sworn statement as follows: “I witnessed prisoners in the MI hold section, wing 1A being made to do various things that I would question morally. In Wing 1A we were told that they had different rules and different SOP for treatment. I never saw a set of rules or SOP for that section just word of mouth. The Soldier in charge of 1A was Corporal Granier. He stated that the Agents and MI Soldiers would ask him to do things, but nothing was ever in writing he would complain (sic).”
When asked why the rules in 1A/1B were different than the rest of the wings, SGT Davis stated: “The rest of the wings are regular prisoners and 1A/B are Military Intelligence (MI) holds.” When asked why he did not inform his chain of command about this abuse, SGT Davis stated: “ Because I assumed that if they were doing things out of the ordinary or outside the guidelines, someone would have said something. Also the wing belongs to MI and it appeared MI personnel approved of the abuse.” SGT Davis also stated that he had heard MI insinuate to the guards to abuse the inmates. When asked what MI said he stated: “Loosen this guy up for us.” Make sure he has a bad night.” “Make sure he gets the treatment.” He claimed these comments were made to CPL Granier and SSG Frederick. Finally, SGT Davis stated that (sic): “the MI staffs to my understanding have been giving Granier compliments on the way he has been handling the MI holds. Example being statements like, “Good job, they’re breaking down real fast. They answer every question. They’re giving out good information, Finally, and Keep up the good work. Stuff like that.”
If you’re not going dark with your story, I’d skip this report.