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This Paper Covers The Scandal Of Prisoner Abuse In Abu Ghraib In Iraq.

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Abu Ghraib Scandal.When the United States military has a job to do across waters in the Middle East, it can be hard to control what goes on and continually monitor actions there. For instance, in the Abu Ghraib prison in Afghanistan prisoners are being mistreated by US soldiers. Not only are harsh and possibly inhumane techniques being used, but soldiers also have abused prisoners for their own satisfaction. In the former case, harsh or abusive interrogation techniques should not be used regardless of the outcome. The United States should keep their interrogation guidelines friendly with the Geneva Convention. The soldiers should not be taking advantage of their position and abusing or humiliating the prisoners for their own enjoyment. This is not only wrong, but it also represents the United States with a bad image.It can be argued that there is nothing wrong with using harsh and aggressive techniques for interrogation on the prisoners at Abu Ghraiub. The reason is that certain prisoners there may have very valuable information. The information may consist of future terrorist attacks, locations of terrorist groups or leaders, etc. Some say it's perfectly fine and understandable to violate prisoners' rights in order to gain potential information that could save many lives.The Geneva Convention was created in order to protect the rights of prisoners of war. The regulatory guidelines created keep a country from mistreating their prisoners and doing anything inhumane from them during interrogation. Any types of torture or overly harsh and aggressive techniques that are not humane are illegal and cannot be used on prisoners. However, US officials wanted information from these prisoners, and have adapted their interrogation techniques for the situation. "Cambone acknowledged he encouraged Miller to go to Iraq last August, when the US was desperate for information on the burgeoning insurgency, to get better stuff out of Abu Ghraib. Karpinski has said Miller told her he intended to 'Gitmoize' the prison by bringing in the kind of aggressive methods used to make terrorism suspects in Cuba talk"(McGeary 4). In effect, new rules were created and harsher techniques were being used to get information from the prisoners that reside at Abu Ghraib. Sleep deprivation, stress positions, lengthy isolation, dietary manipulation and presence of military dogs during interrogation were all part of the list of new techniques to be used. "Red Cross officials said most of these methods are banned under the Geneva Conventions" (McGeary 4). However, it is being argued by lawyers that the Geneva Conventions don't apply to the prisoners and these new interrogation techniques...

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