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Former Abu Ghraib commander repeats allegation that Rumsfeld ordered abuses
November 25, 2006
Former Abu Ghraib commander Janis Karpinski has repeated her claim that outgoing US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld personally ordered making prisoners stand for long periods, sleep deprivation ... playing music at full volume and so on at the now infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Ka....... [more]

'Different spanks for different ranks': reject the compromise or pardon the Abu Ghraib offenders
September 22, 2006
Ben Davis: There's an old adage in the military that goes different spanks for different ranks (see James W. Smith III, A Few Good Scapegoats: The Abu Ghraib Courts-Martial and the Failure of the Military Justice System, 27 Whittier Law Review 671, 677, 693 (2006....... [more]

Former Abu Ghraib commander says little done to prevent detainee abuse
September 30, 2005
US Army Reserve Colonel Janis Karpinski, former US commander of Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, said Friday that the US military has done little to ensure that abuses first exposed by the Abu Ghraib photos are not continuing in US-run facilities in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. In an inter....... [more]

Former Abu Ghraib general says Rumsfeld initiated prison interrogation instructions
August 24, 2005
Former Abu Ghraib commander Janis Karpinski has alleged that US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld personally signed a memorandum authorizing extreme interrogation techniques used at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison. In an interview with Thomas Jefferson School of Law Professor Marjorie Cohn publish....... [more]

Demoted general claims discrimination, blames superior for Abu Ghraib
May 13, 2005
Recently-demoted {JURIST report] Abu Ghraib commander Colonel Janis Karpinski, formerly a reserve Brigadier General, says that she is being discriminated against and that evidence exists that top ranking officials should be held responsible for the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. In an ABC television in....... [more]

Abu Ghraib general demoted for dereliction of duty, shoplifting
May 6, 2005
The US Army has announced that President Bush Thursday approved the demotion of Brigadier General Janis Karpinski to colonel, effectively ending her military career. Karpinski, the former commanding officer at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, had been previously suspended and then relieved of comma....... [more]

UPDATE ~ Karpinski relieved of command over Abu Ghraib scandal
April 23, 2005
Following the recommendation of a 10-member investigative team whose findings clearing four other top officers were preliminarily disclosed Friday, the US Army has relieved Brigadier General Jani Karpinski of her command for dereliction of duty in the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal. She was prev....... [more]

Former general says Abu Ghraib abuse approved by top officials
April 9, 2005
In an address to the San Francisco Commonwealth Club public affairs forum Friday, Brigadier General Janis Karpinski said that ample evidence exists to prove the use of torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib prison was authorized by the highest levels of the US government. Karpinski served as commander of m....... [more]

FOIA DOD records on prisoner abuse by US personnel in Iraq [ACLU]
March 11, 2005
Log of (and links to) Department of Defense reports of investigations into US treatment of prisoners in Iraq obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act request, posted online by the ACLU March 10, 2005. Read the full text of the reports here. Reported in....... [more]

Documents show children imprisoned, women abused at Abu Ghraib
March 11, 2005
The latest US Defense Department documents obtained by the ACLU in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the US goverment indicate that the US held children under 12 at the prison as well as women, at least one of whom, then aged 17, was sexually molested by drunken US personnel who were neve....... [more]

Karpinski ordered to testify at Abu Ghraib trial
December 4, 2004
A US military judge Saturday ordered Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, formerly in charge of US prisons in Iraq, to testify in the upcoming prisoner abuse trial of Sgt. Javal Davis. Davis has admitted to stepping on prisoners' fingers and toes, but says that the conduct was tacitly permitted by milit....... [more]


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