Abu Ghraib : The Stanford Prison Experiment

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Abu Ghraib: The Stanford Prison Experiment in a Combat Zone Gilman F Cooper Creighton University ROTC The Abu Ghraib torture scandal left a large blemish on the occupation of Iraq and George Bush’s War on terror. As stories of the torture happening in the Abu Ghraib prison began circulating, American citizens had trouble comprehending the acts of evil their soldiers had committed on Iraqis. Some began to see a correlation between Abu Ghraib and the infamous Stanford Prison Experiment. Though the guards in both situations were brutal to their captives, distinct differences lay in the severity of their actions. Abu Ghraib’s guards were much more vicious to their captives, and this can be attributed to the prejudices the guards felt against their captors, the environment, and the lack of training, compounded with a lack of accountability in the leadership. The prisoners in Abu Ghraib subjected to the torture of the 800th MP Brigade were so treated initially because of perceived differences. In social psychology, it is a natural behavior to attribute bad feelings towards someone that is believed to be different. The MPs were thousands of miles away from home running a prison in a country some believed was planning to hurt American and her allies using weapons of mass destruction. A study notes that, in 2004, the average American saw the Arabs as “…not especially sincere, honest, friendly, or warm.” The MPs casted these Arabs in an outgroup and their prejudices against the

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