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Ian Fishback

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
Occupation military personnel
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.


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