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Former Abu Ghraib Interrogator Reflects on Prisoner Abuse in Memoir

Headshot of Eric Fair, a former interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
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In 2004, photographs capturing extreme abuse of detainees at the American-controlled Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were released to the public, sparking a humanitarian outcry. That same year, Eric Fair was working as an interrogator at the prison. Fair's new memoir, "Consequence" (Henry Holt/2016) is an unflinching look back at his time at Abu Ghraib and the mental and physical pain he inflicted on detainees as part of military-sanctioned interrogations.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Fair about his haunting memories from Abu Ghraib and the necessity of speaking out about abuses during times of war. Fair presents a free talk today at 4 p.m. at Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room​ on Duke's West campus at an event sponsored by the Duke Forum for Scholars and Publics. 

Laura Pellicer is a digital reporter with WUNC’s small but intrepid digital news team. She's currently filling in as the station's digital news editor.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.