Former Abu Ghraib Interrogator Reflects on Prisoner Abuse in Memoir

Oct 13, 2016

Eric Fair, a former interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Credit Amy Cramer

In 2004, photographs capturing extreme abuse of detainees at the American-controlled Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were released to the public, sparking a humanitarian outcry. That same year, Eric Fair was working as an interrogator at the prison. Fair's new memoir, "Consequence" (Henry Holt/2016) is an unflinching look back at his time at Abu Ghraib and the mental and physical pain he inflicted on detainees as part of military-sanctioned interrogations.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Fair about his haunting memories from Abu Ghraib and the necessity of speaking out about abuses during times of war. Fair presents a free talk today at 4 p.m. at Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room​ on Duke's West campus at an event sponsored by the Duke Forum for Scholars and Publics.