Abu Ghraib Essay

1195 WordsFeb 26, 20155 Pages
10/7/2013 Obedience to Authority: Abu Ghraib To whom must we obey and why? What are the circumstances that makes us listen to a person and completely do what he or she says? The human mind, as seen in Milgrams obedience experiment, will a majority of the time obey its superior based on it is what our minds believe is the truth. In the Abu Ghraib scandal the soldiers did the same as well. Twenty miles west of Baghdad is where the atrocious prison Abu Ghraib is found. Consisting of nearly seven thousand prisoners and only four hundred and fifty guards, this place was notorious for its terrible conditions. Head of this prison was Army reserve brigadier general Janis Karpinki. Under Karpinki, seven American soldiers were caught and prosecuted after taking pictures of themselves harassing and abusing prison inmates in Iraq. What these soldiers did was morally and unethically wrong, but the soldiers showed their obedience by doing what they were taught in training and always obeying their general. The experiments taken on the human mind by Zimbardo and Milgram only support the American soldiers for what they did, showing that is was just our human nature to respond and listen to our superiors. Janis was appointed in June 2004 and was named commander of the 800th military police Brigade and put in charge of all military prisons located in Iraq. Like all four hundred and fifty army reservists, Janis as well had no training in handling prisons especially prisons containing some of the highest valued criminals in Iraq. After being in charge for only one month Janis was formally admonished and quietly suspended for the illegal abuse of detainee’s by the soldiers in 372nd military police company who reported back to Karpinski. Following this suspension was a major investigation held by the senior commander in Iraq into the army’s prison system which soon led to the Abu
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