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Abu Ghraib and the War on Terror - a case against Donald Rumsfeld?

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Smeulers, Alette; Niekerk, Sander

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Abstract The pictures of the inhuman and abusive treatment of Iraqi prisoners at the Abu Ghraib prison shocked the world. The authors of this contribution will take a criminological approach to the crimes committed and will show—by using an analytical framework used by organizational criminologists—that the abuse and torture at Abu Ghraib was an inevitable outcome of the War on Terror as launched by the U.S. administration in a reaction to the terrorist attack launched against it. The abuse at Abu Ghraib which violated U.S. as well as international human rights law was not caused by a few rotten apples as policymakers tried to make us believe, but was a clear example of a state crime. A state crime for which U.S. leaders within the Bush administration such as the Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, might be held criminally responsible if they would be prosecuted by the ICC.
Classification Peace and Conflict Research, International Conflicts, Security Policy; Law
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 327-349
Journal Crime, Law and Social Change, 51 (2008) 3-4
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)