April 24, 2006

Former Commander General of Abu Ghraib prison to speak

During free, public lecture at Case Western Reserve University, May 1

Pictures of abuse of detainees in an Iraqi prison are etched in the minds of people around the world. The Brigadier General and commanding officer during the eruption of Abu Ghraib prison scandal—Janis Karpinski, who was demoted to a United States Army Colonel in the 800th Military Police Brigade—will tell her side of the story she when she speaks during a free, public program on Monday, May 1, at 4 p.m. in Strosacker Auditorium, 2125 Adelbert Road on the Case Quad at Case Western Reserve University.

Also on the program moderated by Ted Gup, Case's Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism from the department of English, will be Chaplain James (Yusuf) Yee, who served as the first U.S. Army Muslim Chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, at the U.S.-run prison camp for enemy combatants. In September 2003, Yee was imprisoned himself, but later cleared, of allegation of spying and aiding members of the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. He has written about his experiences in his recent book, For God and Country: Faith and Patriotism Under Fire.

As the author of One Woman's Army, the Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story (2005), Karpinski recounts her responsibilities as commander of three large U.S. and British prisons in Iraq in 2003, eight battalions and 3,400 Army reservists.

Attributing her demotion to political forces, Karpinski writes about how the abuses were perpetrated by contract employees trained in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay and under orders from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

For information, contact Gup at theodore.gup@case.edu. Please note that Strosacker Auditorium is located off Adelbert Road, behind the Pytte Science Center and Morley Chemistry Building on the Case Quad. A book signing will follow their talks.

Posted by: Heidi Cool, April 24, 2006 01:17 PM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences, Events, HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers

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