President Bush was quick to portray the Abu Ghraib horror show as the work of a few bad apples. But it has long been evident that the abuse problem there, as elsewhere, was systemic. It flowed from a culture of permissiveness in the treatment of detainees, encouraged by top Bush administration officials and based on disrespect for longstanding legal prohibitions against torture and other mistreatment.
“I am sad and ashamed to be part of a student body that is quick to support a man who is accused of sexual assault, simply because he is a good football player, and even quicker to condemn the alleged victim of the crime as a liar.”
Student to Mary Coburn, Vice President of Student Affairs at Florida State University
It is idle to adjudicate upon the right and wrong of incidents that have already happened. It is useful to understand them and, if possible, to learn a lesson from them for the future. It is difficult to say for certain how a particular man would act in a particular set of circumstances. We can also see that judging a man from his outward act is no more than a doubtful inference, inasmuch as it is not based on sufficient data.