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.

Abu Ghraib, 10 Years Later

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