Well, I think there are a lot of things that people can do to demand changes...There has yet to be a 9/11 style commission where there's an investigator who's really empowered to look up and down the chain of command, to examine exactly who was responsible.
I think that goes back to the procedures that were put into place after 9/11. There's still a different set of procedures that apply to the CIA, and when President Bush was asked what those procedures were, his response was to say, "I can't tell you that, I'm sure you understand why." And I personally don't understand why.
I think we need some transparency with this administration, and I don't think the executive branch should be making these decisions exclusively. Even members of Congress aren't aware of what the procedures are. Many believe these procedures continue to include what most of us would consider too be torture.
And this continues to this day?
I can't say that definitively, but many indicators suggest that that is the case.
What could someone do if they feel outraged? How can a person take action and, perhaps, try to affect change?
Well, I think there are a lot of things that people can do to demand changes. First of all we need to understand exactly what happened at Abu Ghraib. There has yet to be a 9/11 style commission where there's an investigator who's really empowered to look up and down the chain of command, to examine exactly who was responsible.
To date, there have been eleven low-ranking soldiers who have served time. No high- ranking official has served any time for what happened at Abu Ghraib. I think we the American People deserve to know what happened. We can't just imprison people and push this under the rug and say it's over and we've moved on.
There are a number of organizations like Human Rights First, the ACLU, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, who are very active in campaigns to ensure that we change our policies so that we don't continue to advocate torture in this country. And people can certainly reach out to those organizations. They have very active campaigns that aim to get to the bottom of what happened, and change US policy.
I would hope Ghosts of Abu Ghraib is a contributing factor to that dialogue, and encourages people to get involved. People can have gatherings where they talk about it, write their local newspapers--all these things make a huge difference. Also helpful is calling and writing their Congresspeople, talking to their friends and family about what's happening and really demanding change.
We need to voice those concerns, and really embolden our leaders to take action, and change our policies back to what America used to represent--human rights and human dignity, and respect for the law.