A Gulf War veteran and Army reservist, Karpinski served as Brigadier General in charge of the 800th Military Police Brigade in Iraq, where she supervised detention operations at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere. She was in command of Abu Ghraib when the abuses began there. As a result of the Army’s investigation into the prison abuse scandal, Karpinski was given a letter of reprimand, relieved of her command, and demoted to colonel. To date, she is the most senior officer to be punished in the scandal.
Karpinski recounts how as the insurgency in Iraq escalated, the military was pressured to produce actionable intelligence. Karpinski suggests that the individuals court-martialed in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse did not come up with the tactics seen in the notorious photographs on their own. In this lecture she will also discuss the difficulties that women face in the military, and speak about the importance of pursuing the Rumsfeld issue.
Date: Wednesday, February 21
Time: 7:30pm – 8:45pm
Location: CFA Cinema