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Trials of Abu Ghraib
An Expert Witness Account of Shame and Honor

ISBN 9781594513343
Published December 15, 2006 by Routledge
244 Pages

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Book Description

'Offers a front row seat at the courts martial of those accused in America's notorious prison abuse scandal.' -Adam Zagorin, senior correspondent, Time Magazine 'A must-read for all those committed to restoring a sense of honor to our country and the Armed Forces of the United States following the national embarrassment of Abu Ghraib. The unlawful directives and policies issued by the senior civilian leaders in the Department of Defense, and their flawed strategy that took our nation to war, set the conditions for abuse that would have disastrous consequences on the war in Iraq and the future of the Middle East. Amazingly, as of this writing, senior leaders have yet to be held accountable. Read this book, become better informed, and energize your elected officials to do the right thing.' -Major General John Batiste, U.S. Army (Retired) S. G. Mestrovic's story of three principal trials-those of convicted soldiers Lynndie England, Javal Davis, and Sabrina Harman-stands among the most poignant trial narratives ever told. During the trials Mestrovic, an expert witness on behalf of the three soldiers, had access to documents and records unavailable to the press and the public. He reveals the evidence, some suppressed from testimony, that the abuse at Abu Ghraib is part of a widespread pattern of abuse, imported from Guantanamo, that made its way to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Table of Contents

1. The Few Rotten Apples Theory 2. The Poisoned Orchard 3. The Orchard Keepers 4. The Court-Martial of Javal Davis: The Soldier Who Snapped for Ten Seconds 5. The Court-Martial of Sabrina Harman: Why Didn't Smiling Girl just Walk Out the Door 6.The Court-Martial of Lynndie England: The Story of "Leash Girl" in Love with the Ringleader of the Night Shift 7. What the Trials Revealed: Abu Ghraib as Hell on Earth 8. Recognizing and Overcoming Dysfunctional Responses to Abu Ghraib 9. Detox for the Contaminated Apple Orchard

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