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Janis Karpinski

American,  Soldier
Total Quotes : 23
Focus Him Centered

After they killed Uday and Qusay, the focus centered on Saddam: Find him, kill him, capture him, whatever it takes. To me, it was a false sense of security: If we get Saddam, we're going to win this war.

- Janis Karpinski

July About Set

At that time, about July 5, we had no Iraqi corrections officers working for us. It was a responsibility of the CPA, with contractors, to set up a training program.

- Janis Karpinski

Joined Were Brigade

I joined the 800th MP Brigade when they were already deployed.

- Janis Karpinski

Ordered Baghdad Joined

The mission statement was ordered, and it sent the 800th MP Brigade, effective the first of July, up to Baghdad. I joined my brigade to take command at the end of June.

- Janis Karpinski

Pay Attention Needed Other

I had 16 other prisons that I needed to pay attention to, and we did. And I had 3,400 soldiers who were depending on me to take care of them, and I did.

- Janis Karpinski

Work Going Access

And shortly after that, when I try to get access to those soldiers, to ask them what in the world was going on, I was told that they did not work for me and I had no right to have access to any one of them.

- Janis Karpinski

Soldiers Had Transferred

The day after the prison was transferred to the military intelligence command, they had an entire battalion - 1,200, 1,500 soldiers - arrive at Abu Ghraib just for force protection alone.

- Janis Karpinski

Soldiers Release Fewer

The war was declared over - the end of major combat operations - in May 2003. Release procedures got under way immediately; reducing the population from 8,000 to just over 300, of course, requires fewer military police soldiers.

- Janis Karpinski

Knew Needed Could

I knew how many MPs I had assigned to the brigade, how many military prison operations I would be running, but we needed to evaluate how many criminal prison operations we could support.

- Janis Karpinski

Back Had Another

Shortly after we arrived in Baghdad, we had another conversation with the ambassador. He said that he wanted us to give him the timeline, because we had 90 days to get these prisons operational and transfer responsibility back to the Iraqis.

- Janis Karpinski

New Which Very

That policy was abandoned very quickly, and the military police were tagged with the responsibility of conducting training, which they did. We were not equipped or set up with personnel to recruit new Iraqi guards.

- Janis Karpinski

Iraq November Transferred

In November, they transferred control of Abu Ghraib to the military intelligence command completely; it was, after all, the center for interrogations for Iraq.

- Janis Karpinski

Ordered Extremely Abu

I was ordered not to go out to Abu Ghraib after dark early on, because Abu Ghraib was extremely dangerous.

- Janis Karpinski

Seven Been Shift

We need to fix this. It hasn't been done yet because there's still a reluctance to admit that there was even a problem - anywhere above seven rogue soldiers who got out of control on the night shift.

- Janis Karpinski

Go Over Go Home

There was a military police brigade with over 3,400 soldiers getting ready to go home because their mission - prisoner-of-war operations - was finished.

- Janis Karpinski

Money Cut Transfer

They transfer the prison, and all of a sudden all this money cuts loose, all these people cut loose.

- Janis Karpinski

Control Prisoners Geneva

Military police know what to do, they know the Geneva Conventions, and their objective is to provide a safe, secure, fair environment for prisoners under their control.

- Janis Karpinski

Goal Cost However

Military intelligence interrogators, however, their goal is to get information, to save lives, to stop the war, to find Saddam - whatever the information is going to be used for, at whatever cost.

- Janis Karpinski

Thought Soldiers Lot

I thought that that mission and the mission of taking care of those soldiers were my priorities, and I stand by the same today. There wasn't a lot of support for those soldiers.

- Janis Karpinski

Happy Think Been

It's hard to be happy when you are facing 120 to 140 degree temperatures and nothing seems to be moving in a direction that you think or they think or you've been told it's supposed to be moving in.

- Janis Karpinski