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Greater Urgency on Prison Interrogation Led to Use of Untrained Workers

The interrogation effort at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq took on such urgency last fall that untrained personnel were pressed into service as analysts and even interrogators, according to accounts spelled out in documents and interviews. The pace accelerated last December, after the capture of Saddam Hussein, which led to a near-doubling of the number of two-person “Tiger Teams” assigned to an interrogation center at the prison, which operated under the control of Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez’s top deputy for intelligence. The accounts depict a high-pressure environment at the prison, particularly within the interrogation center, where military intelligence personnel exerted substantial influence over a cellblock where most of the notorious abuses at Abu Ghraib apparently took place. In interviews, some soldiers who served in military intelligence units at the prison said the sense of urgency contributed to the loosened standards and the abuses that followed. Full Story

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