The Course of the Forever Wars: Amnesia

The Take looks at how ongoing struggles for accountability at Abu Ghraib prison reveal the changes of war since 9/11.

Much of the fight for accountability for crimes during the so-called 'war on terror' is excavation. Reminding us that the past is still present [File: Albert Gea/Reuters]

This is the second episode of a three-part series looking at the past, present, and future of the so-called “war on terror”.

Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison was once a front-page headline in the “war on terror”. Today, public knowledge of the torture that made it infamous is starting to fade – but 17 years later, one US lawsuit for its victims is still going on. It centres on private contractors: companies that became an integral part of the US military efforts post-9/11 attacks, which changed the way war is fought – and accountability is sought.

In this episode: 

  • Rafael Shimunov (@rafaelshimunov), human rights activist
  • Katherine Gallagher (@katherga1), senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Majid, Abu Ghraib plaintiffs’ legal team member in Iraq

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Source: Al Jazeera