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|Credit||Coming Home: Dialogues on the Moral, Psychological, and Spiritual Impacts of War|
|Desc||Maj. (ret.) Ian Fishback, former Special Forces officer named by TIME magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world after sending Sen. John McCain a letter on prisoner abuse in Iraq and currently a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Michigan|
|Usage||Creative Commons Attribution 2.0|
American army officer
Ian Fishback is ...
|Born||19 January 1979 in Detroit|
|Died||19 November 2021 in Bangor|
|Age||42 years, 10 months|
|Sex or gender||male|
|Country of citizenship||United States of America|
|Educated at||University of Michigan and United States Military Academy|
|Medical condition||post-traumatic stress disorder|
About Ian Fishback
Ian Fishback: The Army Officer Who Stood Up Against Torture
Ian Fishback was born on January 19, 1979, in Michigan, USA. He grew up in a military family and was inspired to join the army after the 9/11 attacks. Fishback was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the United States Army in 2001 and served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.
In 2005, Fishback became a whistleblower when he reported the abuse of detainees in Iraq. He had witnessed and reported incidents of torture and abuse by fellow soldiers and superiors, including the use of stress positions, sleep deprivation, and waterboarding. Fishback's reports were ignored by his superiors, and he faced retaliation for speaking out.
Fishback's courage and determination to expose the truth about torture led to a Senate hearing in 2006, where he testified about the abuse he had witnessed. His testimony helped to bring attention to the issue of torture and led to changes in military policy.
Fishback's actions earned him the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in 2007, and he continues to advocate for human rights and ethical conduct in the military. He left the army in 2009 and earned a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.
Fishback's story is a reminder of the importance of speaking out against injustice, even when it comes at great personal cost. His bravery and dedication to upholding the values of the United States Army make him a true American hero.
- "Ian Fishback." John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, www.jfklibrary.org/learn/about-jfk/jfk-in-history/ian-fishback.
- "Ian Fishback." Human Rights First, www.humanrightsfirst.org/bio/ian-fishback.
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