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Antonio M. Taguba, MA Biography
||Retired Major General of the US Army and author of the Taguba Report
||Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the US Have Attacked Iraq?"
"This report [Broken Laws, Broken Lives] tells the largely untold human story of what happened to detainees in our custody when the Commander-in-Chief and those under him authorized a systematic regime of torture. This story is not only written in words: It is scrawled for the rest of these individuals’ lives on their bodies and minds. Our national honor is stained by the indignity and inhumane treatment these men received from their captors...
"Preface to Broken Laws, Broken Lives," Physicians for Human Rights website (accessed Dec. 22, 2008)
Through the experiences of these men in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay, we can see the full scope of the damage this illegal and unsound policy has inflicted—both on America’s institutions and our nation’s founding values, which the military, intelligence services, and our justice system are duty-bound to defend."
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Individuals with PhD's, JD's, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to the US - Iraq conflict. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to the US - Iraq conflict.
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||Former Major General, US Army, retired in 2007
Testified if front of the US Senate Committee on Armed Services and presented "Article 15-6 Investigation of the 800th Military Police Brigade", also commonly known as the "Taguba Report," a military investigation of crimes (abuse of Iraqi prisoners) committed by US military personnel at the Abu Ghraib prison, May 11, 2004
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Readiness, Training and Mobilization, 2004
Deputy Commanding General (Support), Third US Army, US Army Forces Central Command and Coalition Forces Land Component Command
Acting Director, Army Staff, Headquarters, Department of the Army, The Pentagon
Deputy Commanding General (South), First US Army at Fort Jackson, SC
Assistant Division Commander-Forward, 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), First US Army at Fort Jackson, SC
Chief of Staff, U.S. Army Reserve Command, Fort McPherson, GA
Material Systems Analyst, Office of the Chief of Staff, Army, The Pentagon and Executive Officer, C/J5 (Plans and Policy) ROK-US Combined Forces Command, Yongsan, Korea
Recipient of the following medals: Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, General Staff identification badge
||MA, Public Administration, Webster University
MA, International Relations, Salve Regina University
MA, National Security & Strategic Studies, US College of Naval Command and Staff
BA, History, Idaho State University, 1972
Graduate, Armor Officer Basic and Advanced Courses
Graduate, US Army Command and General Staff College
Graduate, US College of Naval Command and Staff
Graduate, US Army War College
||Born Oct. 31, 1950 in Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Son of US Army Sergeant who survived the Bataan death march during World War II
Second-highest ranking Filipino-American officer in the US Army