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Janis Karpinski

Janis KarpinskiAKA Janis Leigh Beam

Born: c. 1953
Birthplace: Rahway, NJ

Gender: Female
Religion: Presbyterian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Military
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Brig. General in charge of Abu Ghraib prison

Military service: US Army (1977-87); US Army Reserve (1987-)

Army Brigadier General placed in charge of Abu Ghraib prison between June 2003 and April 2004. Very, very bad things happened during her tenure. She somehow allowed parts of the prison to be "off limits" even to her and all her personnel, only for the use of CIA and private interrogators. After photos of war crimes committed by US military in her prison were leaked, causing quite a frenzy of American hatred in the mideast, Karpinski was replaced by Major General Geoffrey D. Miller. She immediately began appearing on national news and talk shows wearing civilian garb, defending her position.

In June 2004, news broke that Karpinski had allegedly shoplifted a $22 bottle of perfume in October 2002 from the PX at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. She denied the allegation to CBS News, claiming that if any document to that effect ever surfaces it must be a forgery perpetrated to smear her.

Father: (chemical engineer)
Mother: (Republican housewife)
Sister: Gail Anderson
Husband: George Karpinski (m. 1974)

    High School: Rahway High School, Rahway, NJ (1971)
    University: Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Secondary Education, Kean College, NJ
    University: MA Aviation Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
    University: MA Strategic Studies, Army War College

    Bronze Star
    Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
    Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters
    Dereliction of Duty according to 2005 disciplinary action
    Shoplifting stole a $22 perfume bottle from the PX at MacDill AFB, Florida (Oct-2002), according to 2005 disciplinary action

    Standard Operating Procedure (12-Feb-2008) · Herself
    Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (1-Sep-2006) · Herself

Author of books:
One Woman's Army: The Commanding General of Abu Ghraib Tells Her Story (2005)

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