General Janis Karpinski-"One Woman's Army-The Commanding Genral of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story"-2005-Hyperion-6 1/2" X 9 1/2"-241 pages-Hardcover Book-With Jacket-With Photos-First Edition-Signed By Author.Janis Leigh Karpinski (born May 25, 1953, Rahway, New Jersey) is a central figure in the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal.
Karpinski retired as a United States Army Colonel in the 800th Military Police Brigade. She was demoted from Brigadier General in the aftermath of the scandal, for dereliction of duty, making a material misrepresentation to investigators, and failure to obey a lawful order. She was the commander of three large US- and British-led prisons in Iraq in 2003, eight battalions, and 3400 Army reservists. Karpinski claims that she was made a "scapegoat" in order to protect higher ranking military personnel from the scandal.
In June 2003, during the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq, Karpinski was given command of the 800 Military Police Brigade, putting her in charge of the fifteen detention facilities in southern and central Iraq run by Coalition forces. Karpinski was also given command of the National Guard and Army reserve units in the Iraqi city of Mosul. In January 2004, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez formally suspended Karpinski and sixteen other soldiers with undisclosed reprimands. An investigation was started into the abuse, and Karpinski left Iraq for reasons that were explained at the time as part of "routine troop rotations."
On April 8, 2005 Karpinski was formally relieved of command of the 800th Military Police Brigade, and on May 5, 2005, President Bush approved Karpinski's demotion to colonel from the rank of brigadier general. Her demotion was not officially related to the abuse at Abu Ghraib prison.
In October 2005 she published an account of her experiences, One Woman's Army, in which she claims that the abuses were perpetrated by contract employees trained in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay and sent under orders from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and that her demotion was political retribution. The book has been autographed on the title page by Janis Karpinski............BOTH BOOK AND AUTOGRAPH ARE IN EXCELLENT CONDITION....................