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Lisa Girman was a Pennsylvania State Police Trooper and former reservist in the United States Army.[1]

Girman served 17 years in the reserves, and rose to the rank of master sergeant.[1]

Girman was given an "other-than-honorable" discharge while serving as a prison guard at Camp Bucca in Iraq.[1] Girman and three other guards are alleged to have beaten Iraqi prisoners in retaliation for the alleged mistreatment of Jessica Lynch.

Steven Miles, author of "Oath Betrayed: America’s Torture Doctors", described how Girman, and other soldiers in her unit, punished prisoners by pinning them to the ground, forcing their legs apart, so they could be kicked more powerfully in the genitals.[2] He quoted an officer in her unit who explained to Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, in charge of their unit, that everyone knew Girman and her comrades had escaped court martial to protect the career of their Lieutenant Colonel. Miles noted no attempt was made, after the Girman incident to retrain her unit in how to treat prisoners humanely. Instead they were transferred to Abu Ghraib, where they continued to abuse prisoners.

Girman maintains she is innocent.[1] Girman's case was never brought to a court martial, but instead to a non-judicial punishment hearing, where the convening officer found her guilty of maltreatment of prisoners. She then faced a Separation Board, which gave her an "other than honorable" discharge from the Reserves. In 2005, the charges were reviewed by the Army Discharge Review Board, and her "other-than-honorable" discharge was reversed.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Laura Sullivan (2004-05-14). "Abuse incident foreshadowed Abu Ghraib". Baltimore Sun (Washington DC). Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2019-04-03. "The troubles at Camp Bucca, which surfaced as early as a year ago, in some ways foreshadowed what happened last fall at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, where allegations of abuse and humiliation of Iraqi prisoners have triggered investigations by the military and by Congress." 
  2. Steven H. Miles (2009). "Oath Betrayed: America’s Torture Doctors". University of California Press. p. 10-11. ISBN 9780520259683. Retrieved 2019-04-03. "Three months before the Hamoodi incident and in the same area, Master Sergeant Lisa Girman as several soldiers beat a kicked several prisoners at Camp Bucca. At least one detainee was pinned to the ground while soldiers spread his legs and kicked him in the groin." 
  3. "Two former soldiers cleared of Iraq misconduct". USA Today (Pittsburgh). 2005-08-19. Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2019-04-03. "The Army Discharge Review Board this week reversed the former soldiers' discharges and findings of misconduct, said Gary Myers, an attorney who represented Scott McKenzie, Lisa Girman and a third former soldier who was cleared in the same manner in January." 
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