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From a WIRED interview with a researcher who defended an Abu Ghraib prison guard:

Wired: Do you think it made any difference that the Abu Ghraib guards were reservists rather than active duty soldiers?

Zimbardo: It made an enormous difference, in two ways. They had no mission-specific training, and they had no training to be in a combat zone. Secondly, the Army reservists in a combat zone are the lowest form of animal life within the military hierarchy. They’re not real soldiers, and they know this. In Abu Ghraib the only thing lower than the army reservist MPs were the prisoners.

Ally would have gone to Iraq as an MP reservist.

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One Comment

  1. Wow — I had no idea. I didn’t realize they were reservists.


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