Fear Up Harsh: An Army Interrogator's Dark Journey Through Iraq

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Penguin, 2007 - History - 254 pages
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So begins Army interrogator Tony Lagouranis's first briefing at Abu Ghraib. When the U.S. went to war with Iraq, Lagouranis-who joined the Army prior to September 11-was tapped to be an interrogator in places like Abu Ghraib and Fallujah. He believed in his mission, but he soon discovered that pushing the legal limits of interrogation was encouraged. Under orders, he-along with numerous other soldiers-abused and terrorized hundreds of prisoners by adding "enhancements" to "Fear Up Harsh," an official tactic designed to terrify prisoners into revealing information.

This is an unflinching first-hand account of how one man struggled with his own conscience and ultimately broke the silence surrounding interrogation practices. The first Army interrogator to step forward and publicly denounce these tactics, Lagouranis reveals what went on in Iraqi prisons-raising crucial questions about American conduct abroad.
  

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Review: Fear Up Harsh: An Army Interrogator's Dark Journey Through Iraq

User Review  - Nicole - Goodreads

Fear Up Harsh is a timely book, with the current debate going on in our country regarding the use of "torture-lite." Even more importantly, it is an interesting and informative read. The content might ... Read full review

Review: Fear Up Harsh: An Army Interrogator's Dark Journey Through Iraq

User Review  - Bryan Bridges - Goodreads

Does the United States torture? We don't have much in this account aside from the author's word, so some will undoubtedly read this and say "it didn't happen." Others will undoubtedly read it and say ... Read full review

Contents

Abu GhraibJanuary to February 2004
5
AlAsad and MosulFebruary to May 2004
57
Abu Ghraib and LeaveMay to September 2004
141
North Babel September 2004 to January 2005
167
My Return and Lessons Learned
227
Epilogue
250
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About the author (2007)

Tony Lagouranis has appeared on Democracy Now, the PBS Frontline documentary "The Torture Question," and MSNBC's Hardball. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Allen Mikaelian is a doctoral fellow in history at American University and author of the New York Times bestseller Medal of Honor.

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