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From: Riz Khan

‘A culture of abuse’

A US army interrogator reveals the extent of torture by the US armed forces.

Tony Lagouranis describes how military
dogs were used to terrorise prisoners [AP]

On Thursday, Riz speaks with a US army interrogator who participated in the abuse of hundreds of prisoners in Abu Ghraib and Fallujah.

In his newly released book, Fear Up Harsh: An Army Interrogator’s Dark Journey Through Iraq, Tony Lagouranis speaks about his struggle with his conscience and how he decided to break the silence surrounding torture by US forces.

Lagouranis learned Arabic and joined the army as an interrogator before the September 11 attacks in 2001.

After the Iraq war, he was sent as part of a special intelligence-gathering task force that roamed around the world. He speaks about the “culture of abuse” that he found in Iraq, and the confusion among US soldiers as to whether Iraqi prisoners were subject to any legal protections. He also describes his use of military dogs to terrorise prisoners.

The term “fear up harsh” is an official tactic designed to terrify prisoners into revealing information. Lagouranis was the first US army interrogator to denounce the tactics and question US actions abroad.

This episode of Riz Khan aired on Thursday 28 June 2007

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