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Janis Karpinski

Janis Karpinski was born on May 25, 1953 in Rahway, New Jersey, USA as Janis Leigh Beam. She has been married to George Karpinski since 1974. See full bio »
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 2008 Las tinieblas del poder (TV Movie documentary)
 2008 Standard Operating Procedure (Documentary)
 2007 Ghosts of Abu Ghraib (Documentary)
 2006 Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers (Documentary)
Herself - Former Brigadier General, Abu Ghraib
 2005 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (TV Series)
- Janis Karpinski (2005) ... Herself
 2005 The Al Franken Show (TV Series)
- Episode #2.81 (2005) ... Herself (as Col. Janis Karpinski)
 2004 Real Time with Bill Maher (TV Series)
- Episode #2.14 (2004) ... Herself
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 2008 The O'Reilly Factor (TV Series)
- Episode dated 19 May 2008 (2008) ... Herself (as Col. Janis Karpinski)

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Brigadier General Janis Karpinski | Col. Janis Karpinski

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I had been hesitant to speak out before because this Administration is so vindictive. But now I will. Despite years of this pronouncement that it's an "army of one" -- [here Karpinski refers to the advertisements to join the Marines that carry the slogan "An Army of One"] -- we reservists were absolutely discriminated against. The people at the senior levels of the reserve components, the Chief ... See more »


Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, commanding officer of the unit at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq during 2003, was demoted to Colonel in May, 2004, after being (depending on which story you believe) responsible for, or scapegoated for, the scandalous acts of American torture against Iraqi detainees at the prison. Karpinski had never run a prison system before then, and repeatedly claimed that ... See more »

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