America's Accountability to its Constitution and the Events at Abu Ghraib

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Our constitution is built upon the ideas of freedom and decency. After all, it was written after hundreds of years worth of tyranny both at home in England (at the time), and abroad. People were standing against oppression leveled against them from thousands of miles away (for example, the Boston Tea Party), and they were called traitors to the Crown. Today, if someone speaks out against the US and its oppression, or chooses to fight back, we call him an insurgent or a terrorist. It’s quite a twist. Our country was built upon the values laid out in the constitution, and any individual working in the name of the US is absolutely bound by these truths. There is nothing which permits a violation of this; no reason can be which excuses such …show more content…
Trying to argue against that point would be somewhere on the order of arguing against gravity. The pictures speak for themselves (Unauthored). And also consider this: the woman who took the infamous Abu Ghraib photographs was “…convicted by a court-martial, in May of 2005, of conspiracy to maltreat prisoners, dereliction of duty, and maltreatment, and sentenced to six months in prison, a reduction in rank, and a bad-conduct discharge (Gourevitch).” So the debate of whether or not Abu Ghraib was torture seems moot. From there, it would seem absurd to argue in support of it anywhere, in any country, for any reason.
It is undeniable that what went on at Abu Ghraib was never a series of isolated incidents, which were unbeknownst to the military leadership. It is Taguba’s opinion that this would not be possible (Hersh). Any person in the military is taught from day one to follow orders. The woman in charge of the prison at the time was Janis Karpinski, an Army reserve brigadier general, although she was not stationed there very long. It was the report written by Taguba which exposed the “…sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses,” which occurred there (Hersh). It would seem quite unreasonable that one could think that an Army General would embark upon a random course of such insane violence, on such a wide scale. And if you look at the fact that similar activities occurred in Guantanamo Bay and Afghanistan, it would certainly paint a…