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Wednesday, June 2, 2004

  • It Happened Here First: Exporting America’s Most Notorious Prison Officials to Abu Ghraib 

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    One man ran a prison system in Utah where a 29-year-old schizophrenic died after he was stripped naked and strapped to a restraining chair for 16 hours.

    Another man ran the system in Arizona where 14 women were raped, sodomized or assaulted by prison guards.

    Another ran Connecticut’s prison system where at least two people died after being severely beaten.

    All of the men who ran these prison systems were forced out by lawsuits or political controversy. But rather than being sent to prison themselves, these men were sent to Iraq by the US government to set up the prisons there. Actually, one prison–Abu Ghraib. [includes rush transcript]

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