We’ve all seen the photos and heard the horror stories about the different torture methods used during the Iraq war, but until now, no one doing the torturing has come forth.
Eric Fair served as an interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI. He was stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison and in Fallujah in 2004.
In his memoir, Consequence: A Memoir, Fair says he suffers today and is haunted by many of the things he did and witness. He writes about the beating of prisoners to witnessing the use of sleep deprivation, stress positions and isolation to break prisoners. The military still describes these methods as “enhanced interrogations,” but Fair calls it torture.
He writes, “If God is on anyone’s side in Iraq, it’s not mine.”
Fair didn’t use some of the most brutal techniques his colleagues did, but he did use stress positions and sleep deprivation. With regret, he describes the emotional toll it’s taken on him. He feels deep regret:
“We hurt people, and not just physically,” he told NPR. “We destroyed them emotionally, and … I think at the very least it’s a just punishment for us that we suffer some of those consequences, too.”
In the book and in some parts of the video above, Fair also describes the cruel “Palestinian Chair,” keeping prisoners in the nude, and much worse.