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Profile: Jerry L. Phillabaum


Positions that Jerry L. Phillabaum has held:

  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • Head of Ghraib prison




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Jerry L. Phillabaum actively participated in the following events:


August 4, 2003      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       The US military reopens the Abu Ghraib prison facility in Baghdad. Lt. Col. Jerry L. Phillabaum, a reservist who commands the 320th Military Police Battalion, is put in charge of the prison. He reports directly to Army Brigadier General Janis Karpinski. [Washington Post, 5/8/2004]
People and organizations involved: Jerry L. Phillabaum, Janis Karpinski

October 18, 2003-October 31, 2003      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       Soon after the 372nd Military Police Company arrives at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad, Army Brigadier General Janis Karpinski sends Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Phillabaum, who is in charge of the prison, to Kuwait for two weeks so that he can have “some relief from the pressure he was experiencing.” [Washington Post, 5/8/2004 Sources: US Army Report on Iraqi Prisoner Abuse]
People and organizations involved: Janis Karpinski, Jerry L. Phillabaum

(Mid-January 2004)      Torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere

       Staff Sergeant Ivan L. Frederick II, a member of the 372nd Military Police Company who will be a central figure in the prison photos scandal, sends a letter to relatives back home. In his letter he says: “I questioned some of the things that I saw ... such things as leaving inmates in their cell with no clothes or in female underpants, handcuffing them to the door of their cell-and the answer I got was, ‘This is how military intelligence (MI) wants it done.’ ... MI has also instructed us to place a prisoner in an isolation cell with little or no clothes, no toilet or running water, no ventilation or window, for as much as three days.” Frederick goes on to say that the military-intelligence officers have “encouraged and told us, ‘Great job,’ they were now getting positive results and information. CID has been present when the military working dogs were used to intimidate prisoners at MI's request.” When Frederick asked his superior officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jerry Phillabaum, the commander of the 320th M.P. Battalion, about the abuse of the prisoners, “His reply was ‘Don't worry about it.’ ” [The New Yorker, 5/7/2004]
People and organizations involved: Ivan L. Frederick II, Jerry L. Phillabaum

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