Photographs of abuse and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners at the hands of U.S. soldiers in the Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad are released, causing outrage around the world. The human rights violations of Abu Ghraib prisoners at the hands of military personnel are extensive and shocking: torture, sexual abuse, rape, and even reports of homicide.
All of it was accepted and even documented by the perpetrators, who did not appear to think there was anything wrong or even out of the ordinary with what they were doing.
Once the "business as usual" of Abu Ghraib prison was revealed to the world, U.S. military policies will have to change significantly. Several soldiers will be convicted in courts marital and demoted; a couple will be dishonorably discharged. The commanding officer of all detention facilities in Iraq, Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, will reprimanded for dereliction of duty and demoted to Colonel.
Karpinski, however, will insist that everything done at prisons like Abu Ghraib is authorized by her superiors and carried out by independent contractors — and she has never even been allowed into interrogation rooms to directly monitor what happens. No higher-ranking military officers and no civilian authorities are investigated or prosecuted.