Army Veteran Reflects on Life-altering Service as Prison Interrogator

Author Eric Fair speaks about his experiences in Iraq and his role in “enhanced interrogation.”

<em>Book cover: "Consequences: A Memoir"</em> Book cover: "Consequences: A Memoir"Army veteran Eric Fair, author of a chilling memoir that tells of the role he played in “enhanced interrogation” and the affect it had on his life, speaks at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the Dunning Memorial Chapel at Alma College.

Admission is free and open to the public; no ticket is required.

In Consequence: A Memoir, Fair describes his upbringing in Bethlehem, Pa., his belief that he was called to serve his country, his work in Iraq as an Army translator and contract interrogator, his participation in and witnessing of a variety of interrogation techniques, and the resulting nightmares he experienced as the result of his role in “enhanced interrogation.”

“Eric Fair worked as an interrogator at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq,” says Bob Cunningham, a U.S. Army veteran and associate professor of economics at Alma College. “He used technically legal interrogation techniques, but his experiences there profoundly affected him, making him question his faith and his belief in the U.S. mission in Iraq.

“I think what’s compelling about Eric Fair’s message is that he is willing to speak out about his experiences and how they affected him. He gives a message that it is possible to both serve your country and to question the choices that it makes,” says Cunningham.

Fair won a Pushcart prize for his 2012 essay “Consequence,” which was published first in Ploughshares and then in Harper’s Magazine. His op-eds on interrogation also have appeared in The Washington Post and The New York Times.

Story published on October 19, 2017