5.08.2004

Not outsourcing/offshoring, but important:
Stanford experiment foretold Iraq scandal 'Inmates' got abused in psychology study SFGate.com (5/8)

To one Bay Area expert, the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison should have been predictable.

"The key is this: Once a prison has a veil of secrecy around it, which most do, it's just open for corruption," said Philip Zimbardo, professor emeritus of psychology at Stanford University. "If you know nobody can get in, nobody can know what you're doing."

Zimbardo said the report on Abu Ghraib prepared by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba describes a prison that was the perfect petri dish in which the culture of guard violence could flourish.

It was a culture that Zimbardo said should have been well understood, based on decades of psychological research and his own famous -- some would say infamous -- Stanford Prison Experiment of 1971.

And here we thought everyone had forgotten the Zimbardo Prison Experiment. Psych 101 boys and girls, Psych 101.

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