After the leaked photos of abused Abu Ghraib prisoners circulated throughout every media channel in 2004, a political scandal ensued with high-ranking officials denying the U.S. committed any sort of illegal torture in their interrogation tactics. Recent accusations include the army’s use of waterboarding on foreign prisoners. But while Karl Rove called waterboarding “appropriate” in the war on terrorism, the soldiers who worked at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo have the psychological scars that say otherwise. Justine Sharrock’s Tortured: When Good Soldiers Do Bad Things reveals the inner torment of four American soldiers, who followed orders from the top to maintain an atmosphere of fear and to torture. They were told their actions were legal and for their country. So who is to blame for the torture? The soldiers who did as they were told or the politicians and top officials who orchestrated legal loopholes?
Justine Sharrock, investigative journalist and contributor to Mother Jones, Salon, and San Francisco Chronicle
Brandon Neely, former Army military police officer who served in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Iraq