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Unformatted text preview: Case Teaching Resources F R O M T H E E V A N S S C H O O L O F P U B L I C A F F A I R S T h e E l e c t r o n i c H a l l w a y ® Box 353060 · University of Washington · Seattle WA 98195 -3060 www.hallway.org This case has been provided for members of the Electronic Hallway, with the express consent of the author, Angela Day, prepared under the general supervision of Jon Brock, Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington. Special thanks for the expert editorial contribution by John Boehrer. This case was made possible by a special curriculum development fund secured by Dean Sandra Archibald. This case is prepared for classroom discussion only The Electronic Hallway is administered by the University of Washington's Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs. This material may not be altered or copied without written permission from The Electronic Hallway. For permission, email [email protected] , or phone (206) 616-8777. Electronic Hallway members are granted copy permission for educational purposes per the Member’s Agreement ( www.hallway.org ). Copyright 2004 The Electronic Hallway DONALD RUMSFELD AND PRISONER ABUSE AT ABU GHRAIB Facing the Senate Armed Services Committees on May 7, 2004, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld responded to the question of whether he would resign over the recently exposed prisoner abuse allegations in Iraq: “Needless to say, if I felt I could not be effective, I’d resign in a minute. I would not resign simply because people are trying to make a political issue out of it.” 1 A political issue it would inevitably become, as a scant six months remained before the presidential election. The war in Iraq already proved to be a central theme, and a polarized electorate threatened to magnify the political implications. Haunting images of torture and abuse at Abu Ghraib, the prison once notorious for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s cruelty to his own people, were first released during the airing of CBS’s Sixty Minutes II , on April 28, 2004. Soldiers had gathered and shared these pictures on discs, via e-mail, and even used them as screen savers on computers within interrogation rooms. The images depicted naked prisoners forced into sexual positions, crawling on the floor, handcuffed to other naked prisoners, or standing with their arms secured above their heads for hours or days on end. The images further revealed soldiers threatening naked prisoners with military dogs and prisoners wearing hoods—their genitals attached to electric wires. Some were bruised, slashed, and even shot to death. The pictures—utterly graphic, shocking, and undeniable—evoked visceral reactions around the world....
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2008 for the course PS 3013 taught by Professor Emison during the Fall '08 term at Mississippi State.
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